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Gibson Copy: RB 3 Arch Top

Submitted by Gary Griffin on 11/29/2014

Where Purchased: Earl's 5 Banjo Shop

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: Very Reasonable ($US)


This banjo has loads of power. I sounds as good as any arch top I've ever owned or played. It has "that sound." It will hold it's own with any banjo and "cut" through the crowd!

Sound Rating: 10


The banjo was set up and ready to go. It notes true all the way down the neck and stays in tune. To his credit Ron had played the banjo too about 1:00 AM in the morning just to be sure it was OK!

Setup Rating: 10


The banjo has a mahogany neck and resonator with a curly maple block style wood rim. It has a custom built Ron Coleman neck with the wreath inlays. It's one fine looking banjo.

Appearance Rating: 10


Ron and myself selected quality parts from all over the U.S. I've played it a lot and it stays in tune well. I would sure use it on a gig and not worry about a back up. The color and finish are both very
eye catching.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

As far as customer service is concerned, Earl's 5 is one the best banjo shops out there to do business with. Ron is always availble via
phone or email. He goes out of the way to honor the customer's request and gives it all he's got!

Customer Service: 10


The parts are some of the best. A 40 hole arch top tone ring, custom built mahogany neck, brand name tuners, etc... all are fine. Ron, myself and many good friends on the hangout went all out to find the
"just right parts". It all came togehter really well.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

To sum it all up, when I approached Ron about this project, he was in 100%. Whatever I wanted on this five string, color, parts,

etc... he did all he could to make it happen. He also called or emailed me on a regular basis to keep me informed on the progress.

If you're looking for a 100% banjo man that will work with your pocket book and honor your requests, contact Ron. He will do everything

he can to get you the banjo you've been looking for.

Overall Rating: 10

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