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Bowlin: Fretless Banjo 1865 Model

Submitted by B.Goodman on 3/26/2007

Where Purchased: John Bowlin

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 695 ($US)


The banjo has a rich soulful bass, the low notes can be felt and are a form of sound therapy for me. The mids and highs are crystyal clear. This Banjo has a sound of its own and non other compare.

Sound Rating: 10


The set up was perfect, with only tweeking of the Nylgut strings to compensate for stretching in and the natural skin head as it adjusted to it's new invironment.

Setup Rating: 10


This is a brand spankin new 150 year old lookin very playable banjo. Mr. Bowlin's attention to detail is impeccable.

Appearance Rating: 10


Everything about this banjo says it will live to serve many generations of players

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

John Bowlin is a man who is concerned about his banjo meeting the needs and expectations of the purchaser, Look up Customer Service and Satisfaction in a dictionary and you may see John's picture.

Customer Service: 10


Every component on this banjo is well thought out and designed to work in concert with every other component. There are no weak links or short cuts. Great components put together by a great craftsman equal a great banjo.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I would recomment this banjo even if I had paid considerably more than I did and if I ever have to replace it I will pay what ever the going price would be at the time. I absolutely love this banjo and my wire string has been left hanging on the wall wishing it got even half of the playing time

Overall Rating: 10

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