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Where Purchased: custom order from James
The sound is a full body tubaphone type rich and meaty with plenty of bite and a worthy match for any of the best that I have tried in the US.
Sound Rating: 10
one word Perfect
Setup Rating: 10
It is an openback tubaphone tone ring with a block built body, scoop cutaway on the neck all from top quality birds eye maple. The scoop has an inlay of stars in the shape of the 'plough' with a silver scroll engraved with the word 'The Matchless' named after the British Matchless motorbike marq now long gone and the bike I never got to have but at least I got the banjo!
Appearance Rating: 10
Reliability er total.
Reliability Rating: 10
The best ie just a phone call away
Customer Service: 10
top quality components throughout the tail piece deserves special mention, hand made by james and so much better than any tail piece that I've ever seen its available in either a medium or long size fine engineering indeed, a snuffy bridge and top quality tuners finish it off.
Components Rating: 10
the Matchless matches anything i've ever got my hands on either in the UK or the USA. I will post some photos in the next few weeks .
Overall Rating: 10
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