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Mockingbird Music Co - Glenn Nelson Luthier Reviews

Submitted by rbergesch (see all reviews from this person) on 1/22/2017

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Glenn was set up as a vendor at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival 2016 in Maine.  Among the offerings, I noticed an openback Vega.

It was the proverbial '...doggie in the window."  I fell love the banjo on the spot. 

Glenn had taken a Vega style M Tubaphone pot from the 30's, originally a 4-String, and made a new blond maple five string neck with modern Gotoh tuners all around.  He preserved and used the dowelstick and inlays from the original neck for the new 5-string neck.  The new neck looks good and plays great.

I purchased the instrument to learn and play clawhammer style.  The neck is conventional, not scooped, but that's not an issue for me.  He did something innovative with the bridge: the 5th string side is higher than the 1st string side, and slopes evenly downward by probably about a 1/16 inch.  I'm liking it, but it may not be for everyone. 

I love the tone of the old Tubaphone. The instrument is a player, not a museum piece, and I am really glad I found this instrument.

Glenn also did a great job reconditioning my early 1960's Vega Scruggs banjo.  He changed the head, and did a great set-up; except for adding a geared 5th string peg I had not had any work done on the instrument since I purchased it some years ago.  It is brighter, louder, and shiner; and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by rmdrdk (see all reviews from this person) on 1/26/2012

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I have a Vega Whyte Laydie from the 20's with a reproduction neck. The dowel stick was never set correctly into the neck. I had taken it to two luthiers before and the problem was never corrected properly. Glenn took care of the problem with a beautiful new dowel stick and the banjo plays better then ever. He even finished the work faster then expected.
He has a nice store also.

Overall Rating: 10

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