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Artiste  Artiste ART-5JB Banjo Reviews

Submitted by jasman (see all reviews from this person) on 3/29/2012

Where Purchased: Artiste Banjo's

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 330 (NZ) historic exchange rates / currency converter


This was advertised as a beginner banjo, and I can't afford to spend too much at the moment. It sounds good to me for my purposes, although I would not expect it to stack up to an expensive banjo. So i will rate it 8 as a beginner banjo as i can't realy fault it.

Sound Rating: 8


Tha banjo was advertised as set up and the head tension looks good as it is really tight and does not sag near the bridge. I measured the string height at the 12 th fret and it measured 1/8 th inch as advertised, it is nice and easy for me to finger.

Setup Rating: 8


It is very good to look at with a high gloss finish, the back of the banjo has a realy nice one piece grain on it. The hardware is chrome plated as I suppose all are. It looks realy neat.

Appearance Rating: 9


The banjo is nice and light to play and I have not had any problems, everything seems nice and tight and solid.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Bought It online and arrived two days after I ordered it.

Customer Service: 9


The components all look good but I did not spend a lot on this, saw some in the shops that were more expensive and I could not see any difference.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This is a nice looking banjo at a price I could afford, the retailer sells a lot of expensive banjos. I can't really fault this banjo for my use its nice and light and easy to handle. The strings are nice and low. It looks as good as other banjos I have seen in the music stores but does not cost as much. So for a beginner banjo I think it is a good deal.

Overall Rating: 9

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