Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

Banjo Reviews

Review Categories

Most Recent

The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

7049 reviews in the archive.

Hickler : Hickler Std. Frailer (prototype)

Submitted by onewhisper on 6/20/2018

Where Purchased: direct from Luthier

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


I play clawhammer. The banjo's best sound is warm and sustained but still plunky enough to be a banjo. I have an easy time changing the voice moving closer to the bridge or up to the neck. As Mark Hickler described the voice during design - it is balanced

Sound Rating: 10


I have become a great fan of the bolt-on-neck. It makes the instrument very portable where needed and simplifies the overall mechanics of the banjo. I did struggle a bit when first setting it up. I had a little fret buzz but believe this was due to my own failure to properly align the neck. I find simple adjustments less intimidating than on other instruments. I

Setup Rating: 9


The instrument is beautiful. Mark's adjustments to my own inlay design created a very personal design that is well executed. He has an excellent eye for wood and design. His finish work is careful and complete.

Appearance Rating: 10


hardware and materials are excellent and I fully expect they will outlast me. I see little to no wear in spite of a lot of play in a lot of environments.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Mr. Hickler was very patient with me in the design process and kept me well informed during the build process. His communication was educational and thorough.

Customer Service: 10


His choices of wood show great care and contribute greatly to the sound and appearance of the instrument. Hardware is very good - I anticipate no problems and have experienced no problems in my first year of using this instrument.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This instrument has brought me more joy than any instrument I have owned in the past 5 decades.Mark Hickler worked in to produce a beautiful instrument including personal inlay and a short 24 inch scale that still produces beautiful tone and is very playable. I would not hesitate recommending a Hickler banjo to anyone.

Overall Rating: 10

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories