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Pisgah  Appalachian Banjo Reviews

Submitted by BanjoRTP (see all reviews from this person) on 3/4/2017

Where Purchased: Pisgah Banjo Company

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 1195 ($US)

Sound

I'm playing old-time clawhammer banjo, and I don't think the sound could get any better. Made with local, native wood from the Appalachian mountains, this is, almost by definition, the sound of the old-time banjo.

This model comes with a rolled brass tone ring, which provides a bit of additional complexity to the sound and makes it just twangy enough when you really dig into it.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The action was perfect, I would describe it as somewhere between low and medium. They could have set the action however I wanted, but honestly it was perfect already and didn't need to be changed.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The look is simple, and unadorned, but expertly made by hand using high quality wood. The version that I have is made of cherry wood, with walnut end caps on the pot. The neck is persimmon, which is related to and is as hard as ebony, but is light in color.

It came with brass brackets and tuners, which gives it a great old time look.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I'm relatively new to the banjo, but I have had the chance to play very expensive guitars on occasion. This feels like it's every bit as well made as an $18,000 Gibson Les Paul I got to play once.

It's still possible to buy vintage banjos made in the 1800's, and I'm sure this one will still be going strong in the 23rd century.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I visited the factory, and bought a banjo that they happened to have on hand. Everyone at the company was extremely nice, and very helpful, knowledgable, and accommodating. Excellent customer service all around!

Customer Service: 10

Components

This is an elegantly simple banjo. The wood is beautiful, and the whole thing is expertly made. The brass hardware was a great addition. I don't see any weak spots, it's just a very well made instrument.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is the perfect old-time banjo. It's got that complex, mellow old-time sound, and it's made in (and from) the Appalachian mountains.

I looked at a lot of other banjo makers at all different price points before I bought this. There are a lot of nice banjos out there, but this one is my favorite!

Overall Rating: 10

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

Where Purchased: from Maker

Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Clawhammer, mostly, and two finger (index or thumb) at times. Best sound in parlor with feet up, but nice on back porch, too.
Like it all way 'bout.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Flip bridge and line up with pencil marks and away we go--intonation was spot on all the way up to the pot.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Yes, just the right word, "easy" on the eyes--not bling but warm, soft and gentle shades. Usual Pisgah Star--clean inlay. Walnut wood--very fine.
No flaws of any sort.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Fine finish. Most of my gigs involve my family and friends.
Looks like the finish will easy outlast me--maybe my son and his son, too.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick is a fine, helpful fellow--dependable, honest, & trustworthy. Reputation is everything.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Don't think you can find a better banjo for the modest price. NOTHING cheap anywhere.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I also own a Rambler Dobson (12" pot/ standard scale). With the addition of this Appalachian walnut (11" pot/ 25 1/4 scale), I'm set for life--still, the Pisgah folks tell me that after 10 banjos, you get one free. Things like that make my wife worry and make me dream.

Looking for a good, solid instrument to play? Get a Pisgah.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by francoisjim (see all reviews from this person) on 5/29/2013

Where Purchased: Pisgah Company Asheville, NC

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 1,150 ($US)

Sound

The brass tone ring provides a huge sound when played in the middle of the pot, sweet but clunky when played at the scoop. The neck fits me well.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

There was no adjustment to get done before I used it. The action is ok for me.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Beautiful Walnut 12" pot with a cherry rim cap. Walnut neck with Persimmon fretboard. Fiddle shape peghead. I wanted a simple banjo with no inlays. .

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

All the hardware parts seem to be high quality.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

When I picked it up at the company shop, I met a couple of friendly people. I forgot to ask about the guarantee.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

The price is ok. Most of all I like the sound of this banjo.Very easy to play, and really beautiful. The combination between dark and clear woods gives a great look.

Overall Rating: 9

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