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Backyard Music: Fireside (Assembled)

Submitted by Justine on 6/28/2015

Where Purchased: Backyard Music Website

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 149 ($US)


Sound Rating: not rated


Setup Rating: not rated


Very simple design with mahogany fretboard, 5 geared tuners, poplar disk, and Remo hoop.

Appearance Rating: 10


Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

David Cross of Backyard Music is very helpful and answers emails quickly.

Customer Service: 10


Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I decided to learn clawhammer banjo and went to a local music store where I tried not to faint at the prices of open back banjos. I started to research banjo kitsĀ and found this banjo with an assembled price very close to the kit price. The banjo arrived quickly and was ready to play except for tuning the strings to pitch. It holds its pitch well. It has a very pleasant sound, loud enough but not too loud. It's easy to fret and is correct in pitch up and down the neck. It's comfortable to hold. I was going to start with this banjo and then buy a better one later. However, I may not need to upgrade! This banjo may be everything I need.

Overall Rating: 10

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