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Griffin (James Bowen)  The Matchless Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Dabs (see all reviews from this person) on 8/2/2011

Where Purchased: custom order from James

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: £ 1850 historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

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

Setup

one word Perfect

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

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

Reliability er total.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The best ie just a phone call away

Customer Service: 10

Components

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

Overall Comments

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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