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Griffin (James Bowen): 12 inch open back

Submitted by snotto on 11/27/2015

Where Purchased: Direct from James's Workshop

Year Purchased: Nov 2015
Price Paid: 1800 (Sterling) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I'm learning clawhammer, but love all of the "Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. This banjo just hits the mark, whatever the song. So far I am thrilled with overall tone of the banjo. It is just what you want a clawhammer banjo to sound like ..... purrrfect

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

This was ready to play so there was absolutely nothing to do but just enjoy it from day one.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This is eye candy on steroids. The marquetry, inlays and overall finish is just sooooo good. You would have to go a very long way to better this standard of craftsmanship.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I think this banjo will last me till I am 158 years oldthen become the family heirloom !

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

You cannot get any better than dealing with the person that made the banjo. James Bowen is a master craftsman, and his manner matches his technical ability. A genuine very nice person.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I cannot imagine that anything about this banjo will ever wear out. It has been constructed with passion and only the best have been used in the making of this remarkable instrument.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

My wife bought me this banjo for a special birthday, and firstly I would like to say a humungous thank you to her. I would then like to say how much joy this banjo brings me whenever I play it. It makes me smile. it really is a pleasure to play. One day I hope that I will be able to play it to the full, but in the meantime I will just revel in the experience of playing a beautiful and delightful instrument.

Overall Rating: 10

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