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Fairbanks: No. 2 Special

Submitted by Durwood Edwards on 12/29/2003

Where Purchased: Nashville Guitar Co.

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: 700 ($US)

Sound

Wonderful plunky and well balanced with steel strings

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Perfect - Marty knows his stuff (and apparently mine as well)

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

For a 1904 instrument this one barely looks played.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Ought to last another 100 or so.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Marty Lanham at Nashvile Guitar is one of the premier luthiers in the country. As he is personal mechanic to Earl Scruggs, who's to argue? There are few with his knowledge, artistry and integrity!

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

This is an excellent and beautiful lower end Fairbanks (non-Electrictone ring, but George G. appraised it as a 1900 Fairbanks Electric). It is a simple delight to play and look at.

Overall Rating: 9

Gibson: 1928 RB-3 Conversion

Submitted by Durwood Edwards on 10/22/2002

Where Purchased: Private Party (Paul Sasser)

Year Purchased: 1971
Price Paid: $500.00 (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Nice and Bright but plenty of depth and beautiful overtones for a arch top (no hole) ring. Higher registers dont get thin like many archies.
Marty Lanham made new neck in 1977

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Set it up myownself

Setup Rating: not rated

Appearance

original brownish mahogany finish

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Fantastic

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Heheh try to get a '27 (28 was a typo) Gibson for $500.00!

As good a banjo as you would ever want to hear except for Bill Keith's top-tension

Overall Rating: 9

SS Stewart: 1906 Orchestra

Submitted by Durwood Edwards on 10/22/2002

Where Purchased: Nashville Guitar Co.

Year Purchased: 1999
Price Paid: $700.00 (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Beautiful open back higher quality Stewart with 12 inch rim.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Excellent

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Wonderful to look at

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

It has lasted almost 100 years so far.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Marty Lanham is one of the best people to deal with for acoustic instruments!

Customer Service: 10

Components

I replaced the no-knot tail piece with the model specific "Common Sense" have one with ivory rosette and one without for everyday use.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 8

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