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Griffin (James Bowen)  zoetrope Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Dabs (see all reviews from this person) on 8/4/2011

Where Purchased: direct from James

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: £1850 historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

The Zoetrope has a deep 11" block built pot open back. The extra depth appears to have a marked effect on the sound ie it rings like a bell plenty loud and lots of sustain also very punchy which makes it great for band work it eats piano accordians for breakfast! The tone ring is a White Lady and a very good one at that.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

the set up was perfect

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

the neck is from a local grown Birch. The pot has very tastfull marquetry covering the entire pot an ebony fretboard is inlayed with er well there sort of flowery pearly stuff all done to perfection.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Top quality hardware and one of James special long tail peice

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

100% personal sevice

Customer Service: 10

Components

stand out features are the deep pot inlay and a sound that could blow your head off it must go all the way up to 11!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I dont think you could get anymore out of an 11" pot banjo than this

Overall Rating: 10

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