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Gold Star  300 FE Banjo Reviews

Submitted by W7973 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/2/2011

Where Purchased: Saga Music

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Bluegrass, my older banjo does keep not sounding a note when held down but this will sound as long as I hold the note.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

banjo was sent with the 5th tuner not installed, they tried to help me with a timing thing because it was going to take a long time to get a 200 and for 200.00 more dollars they would send me a 300 at that moment. took the deal ! good ? bad? will never know.

Setup Rating: 3

Appearance

GE300FE - good looking when cleaned up. armgaurd gold wear though.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Hope so, suppose to be the best tuners and wood.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Dealt with Saga Music.

Customer Service: 2

Components

Gold looks real good and wood shine is great.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 7

Submitted by banjopicker137 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/24/2010

Where Purchased: Duvall's Guitars

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 1500 ($US)

Sound

This banjo has a full rich tone to it.Use it to play in a Blue Grass gospel Group.It does a better job of not being "over bearing" in the smaller churches and venues that a BG gospel group plays. My RB 250 is a lot brighter and doesnt seem to blend like this banjo does.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Set up was Good. Played nice right out of the box. Action up the neck was rite on. Changed it over to a Sullivan FF bridge and havent touched it since.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Beautiful Banjo. The maple is highly figured. The gold finish on the hardware makes it seem more formal for the kind of places we play. Have had several pickers ask me how I liked my "Granada" until I have to tell them its a Goldstar.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Does have a bit of wear on the armrest but the rest of the hardware cleans up nicely in a few minutes when I clean her up.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Always cary a back up but never have needed it. Have never had any issues with the company.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The looks of this Banjo is the selling point for me. If you dont Like gold hardware this banjo is not for you. The fretboard is Ebony,I prefer rosewood but the tone is warm and full anyway. I would have gotten H&F inlay but was only offered in F.E.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This banjo has been my main banjo since I got it. Suits my groups style better than some of the others that I own. Would recomend it to anybody. Cuts through at Jams well. I would describe the tone as warmer than the other maple banjos I own

Overall Rating: 9

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