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Don Gardner : Minstrel Banjo

Submitted by hoodoo on 1/23/2018

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Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: 400 + shipping ($US)


I've never played a fretless minstrel style banjo before, so as far as I can tell, it sounds pretty good.

Sound Rating: 8


Banjo was all set up. All I had to do was install the bridge. Mr Gardner conveniently drew a line exactly where I needed to place the bridge, so it was quite easy.

Setup Rating: 10


Banjo looks great. Banjo normally comes with a beehive style headstock, I asked for something different. He changed it, no problem. All I needed to do was ask.

Appearance Rating: 10


I guess that only time will tell.

However, what makes this banjo a bit different, is that it uses a fyberskin head instead of a calfskin head. Although it is less authentic, it is a more stable instrument in humid weather.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Don Gardner was quite a friendly person. I would order from him again, no problem.

Customer Service: 10


Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 9

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