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Gibson Parts: FawleyPrucha

Submitted by ibepickin on 3/20/2017

Where Purchased: Banjo Hangout

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 2500 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Rich/Full-nice not tubby smooth off bridge

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Had to reset bridge-retighten head good pop.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Nice great inlay....

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Solid no backup

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

None - no warranty

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Top drawer parts no upgrades.......

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Super banjo,no problems-parts high quality/a keeper...

Overall Rating: 10

Gibson: RB-250

Submitted by ibepickin on 10/26/2016

Where Purchased: on BH

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 1400.00 w/shipping (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Very nice pop..rich/full..smooth tone mixes well with other instruments..medium set up...like

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

No. At first was unsure...set banjo out in room(warm)for a week,then tightened head,readjusted neck for action,replaced bridge with thinner unit and tested. WOW...had the neck talking to me....great feeling.....

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Standard inlay..is in great condition..had to clean up the metal some not bad...

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Build solid this is tube and plate...no uneven wear...nice

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

No-was on BH......Gibson is not in the musical instrument business,just a name....I give the fellow who originally purchased it a Ten...for selling it to me......

Customer Service: 10

Components

Is in solid condition,feels great the whole banjo reacts to soft or hard plckin'

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is a banjo from BH. The seller was up front about this RB250. The case is in very good shape,just by taking a little time the banjo is better than what I had heard....they did  build great banjo's in the good ole' days....1973.....good luck..give one a try.....Bill...

Overall Rating: 10

Mullins: Buccaneer Walnut Arch-Top

Submitted by ibepickin on 4/17/2015

Where Purchased: From Clancy Mullins

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 1950.00 ($US)

Sound

One of the great tones know to the banjo world,it has a big voice which is controlled. Every picking movement is a new slice of the pie.You can not put it down.I will have to really get to know all the sweet spots on this unit,not a one trick-pony. LIKE

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Removed ss bridge,with a thinner 11/16 bridge(doctored) Removed the slight bow in the neck.tighten the head and no looking back.This is true work of art.Clancy is the man.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Well done inlay,no bones on the finish work,very tasty.no flaws,nice hardware.This is my first Walnut banjo-all the wood is stained to show,not cover up.nice......

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Very good hardware,nice....would use this for show & go....no back-up.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Only talked to Clancy on the phone-he handles all questions.

Customer Service: 10

Components

All in all this is a great banjo,had folks come over that have pre-wars,high ends,custom high in the sky banjos-the same answer,"what a great banjo"

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I am very happy with this banjo and anyone looking to buy something that is US made in Johnson City,TN.Then Clancy is the fellow to talk to first. (got to get back to Sally Ann) 

Overall Rating: 10

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