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Nate Calkins: Gourd #13

Submitted by JeremyS on 3/22/2009

Where Purchased: online

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 300 ($US)


The banjo has a nice deep resonant sound. It is also fairly loud.

Sound Rating: 10


The banjo came well packed and with the bridge down. All that I had to do was stand the bridge up and tune. The action is nice and not too high or low.

Setup Rating: 10


The banjo's appearance is simple but flawless. The neck is walnut and fingerboard is wenge.

Appearance Rating: 10


No hardware other than brass tacks on the head. The ebony pegs seem sturdy.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Nate was great to work with and answered all of my questions by email quickly.

Customer Service: 10


Not a lot of components. The pegs are ebony friction. The fit snugly and stay in tune. The tailpiece is a thick piece of leather. The bridge is a simple Grover bridge.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is a really great banjo. I was very impressed with Nate's workmanship. If this banjo were stolen or damaged (heaven forbid) I would definitely get another one.

Overall Rating: 10

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