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Doc's Banjos  Internal Resonator  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by darlo (see all reviews from this person) on 5/3/2016

Where Purchased: docs banjos

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

i asked doc to build me a scruggs style banjo with everythinginternal resonator slotted peghead etc 11" fine and on a whim asked him to build a sister for it 13" same as first doc set up the banjos they both have dyed skin heads the 11" is fabulous with a warm rich sound but the 13 inch is absolutely beutiful to listen to and play with having scalloped Radiused fretboards

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

regarding the set up doc asks what sound you like and even gets a and makes the bridge to assistin overall set up you just pick it up and play great

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

first off no inlays the wood is absolutely beutiful somethings dont need decoration and believe me docs banjos are a piece of art the wood is gorgeous walnut wenge plus the skin heads are awesome the quality is outstanding aged brass armrest with a wooden rest cover

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

the banjos are rock solid and built to last

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

this bit is wonderful i got to meet doc me going american banjo camp
arrive from uk get flight to oregon to pick up the banjos from docs house that is amazing met his wonderful family slight problem skin head for one was not quite ready , so doc kept the banjo and delivered it to me at the banjo camp set up beutifully

Customer Service: not rated

Components

waverley tuners ,the overall appearance ,dyed skin head the beuty of woods used

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

had an idea of what i wanted,as in i like the sound of walnut banjos slightly warmer sound , so ilooked on docs website whilst working in Africa "yep a brit working away" so i contacted doc via skype had a nice long chat 11" came to pass plenty of e mails and updates, then asked doc to build me the same banjo but 13" to which he agreed,so i have a unique pair of banjos i absolutely adore. so Doc ,Florisel,natalia,warner and jasper again thank you, and they love their new home

 

 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Old Time Doc John (see all reviews from this person) on 10/19/2011

Where Purchased: Doc Banjos

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

Sound

This is one of my favorite Banjos ever, and I mean ever. I play all types of styles of banjo and the internal resonator gives me that bell like quality tone that is sweetness to my ears. Mellow but Bright. like the sound of rain pouring down on a tin roof. Soothing to the ears.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Doc listens to his buyers. I told him I wanted the banjo to be set up low to play all my styles on it since I am not into the Round Peak style set up and want to play melodic banjo. What I got in the end is a great banjo with a great setup.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The banjo pot is wenge, the resonator is wild cherry,and the fret board is ironwood which makes a great looking banjo. For tone ring I picked a Granadillo tone ring which is an amazing tone ring to use for a wide range of sound.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Doc makes all of his hardware to last not only my life time but for my kids and theirs as well to when i am dead and gone. Very sturdy and great hard ware.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Not only did I get a great Banjo from a great maker but in the end I made a great friend in Doc. What this world needs in more makers is guys like Doc making Banjos. Just a wonderful person who is the real deal.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Nothing cheap and worth the price,all i can say is wow. What an awesome instrument.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

If you are wanting a great Banjo then look no further in Doc Banjos. You couldn't ask for a more greater person than Doc to make your Banjo of your dreams.

Overall Rating: 10

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