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Pisgah  11" maple open back with persimmon tone ring (possum model) Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Maditayl (see all reviews from this person) on 1/10/2013

Where Purchased: Pisgah Banjo Company

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 1150 ($US)


It sounds wonderful. I was incredibly impressed with it's volume. I figured the persimmon tone ring would quite it down, but it's louder than the gold tone(brass ring) and enoch (dobson) ring, at the jam I go to, The high notes pierce right through. When playing on the scoop it is completely different,-sweet and plunky.

Sound Rating: not rated


All I had to do was install the bridge and I was ready to go. The action is medium, perfect for clawhammer. The intonation is flawless

Setup Rating: not rated


Out of everything, this is where pisgah banjos stand out. They are a work of art. Everything is fairly minimalist but you can really see the workmanship. The subtle color change from the persimmon fret-board to the walnut neck makes for great aesthetics and the wood inlay is as classy as old-time can be. She's a beaut

Appearance Rating: not rated


Everything seems good to me.

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

Patrick was quick to respond, and eager to please. I couldn't ask for anything more

Customer Service: not rated


The neck is a bit wider than most banjos I've played but I got used to that very quickly

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Pisgah takes a minimalist approach, but the quality of the build itself is beautiful, sturdy and the damn thing sounds great.

Overall Rating: 9

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