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Where Purchased: eBay
Really nice-rounded sound. Real clear ringing highs up the neck.
Sound Rating: 8
As with a lot of new banjos, I had to do a few setups. I had to shim the neck for my 11/16 bridge. I also put a four-hump tailpiece on instead of the Presto that came with it. Surprisingly, it already had spikes at the 7th, 9th and 10th frets.
Setup Rating: 6
My modle came with the old Gibson RB-12 headstock and fretboard inlay style. The maple on the neck and resonator was very highly flamed - what you would expect to see on a pro level Gibson, Stelling, Huber, Deering, etc. I was very impressed with this feature of the banjo!
Appearance Rating: 9
I was impressed with the quality of all the hardware except for the tailpiece that came on the banjo.
Reliability Rating: 8
Mine came directly from Sonny Smith as a eBay purchase - he was very nice.
Customer Service: 7
Again, I put a four-hump tailpiece on instead of the Presto that came with it, but the maple was outstanding! The wider fretboard makes playing easy, especially up-the-neck.
Components Rating: 9
Great sound and great banjo. I personally would have never thought of buying a Washburn banjo, but when I saw this one, I was intrigued by the extra-wide fretboard, so I wanted to give it a try. The fretboard is real easy on the hand – better than I expected as I’ve always been a fan of thinner fretboards. The may very well be one of the best, most affordable banjos out there today and itsw a keeper!
Overall Rating: 9
'1960's Merlin Long Neck' 57 min