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Hatfield: Custom

Submitted by freddyvee on 1/18/2024

Where Purchased: Individual

Year Purchased: 2024
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Arthur has managed to capture the elusive "twang" and "growl" tonal qualities that bluegrass players are seeking. Hats off to Mr. Hatfield. I hope he continues to make banjos for many more years.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Had to do a little tweaking, as always with a different banjo.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

A nice, non-flashy mahogany banjo with gull inlay.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

This is a 2007 model that has held up well and I think it will continue to do so. For now it will be my off-stage banjo for practice and jam sessions.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have not yet dealt with Arthur personally but those who have say he is the greatest.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Everything looks top-notch.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

If you are looking for a banjo that spits out that bluegrass sound with plenty of volume to boot, you can't go wrong with a Hatfield.

Overall Rating: 10

Bishline: Rosemary Custom

Submitted by freddyvee on 9/1/2017

Where Purchased: Bishline Banjos

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 3780 ($US)

Sound

I play a mixture of bluegrass and folk and I think this banjo will prove to be very versatile in expressing various styles of music. It can be sweet and mellow or it can pound those hard driving bluegrass railroad spikes.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was set up perfectly by Rob Bishline. No tinkering necessary.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This thing is crazy awesome beautiful! Mahogany neck, quilted mahogany resonator, black powder coated tension hoop and flange contrasted by gold plated hardware, amber tuners, everything just as I specified. I can not find a single flaw in workmanship.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

All components seem to be top notch. Playability is super. I find myself having to sing a little louder cause this banjo wants to be heard!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The folks at Bishline Banjos are great. They go above and beyond to make sure you are a happy customer. I hope Rob and company continue to make these high quality banjos for many years to come. It's what this country needs...... less fussin', more banjos.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Everthing stands out. Unless I happen to win the lottery, this will be my final banjo purchase.
I'm sure my wife will be happy about that!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I can't imagine there being a better built banjo on the market today for such a reasonable price.  Thank you Bishline Banjos.

Overall Rating: 10

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