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John Boulding

Submitted by Possom on 1/10/2011

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I had John convert a 26 Gibson TB1 to a flathead 5. He cut the rim for a ring and one piece flange, installled all new hardware and a 5 string neck. The banjo turned out awesome to say the least. We talked a great deal about what sound i was looking for and he gave me suggestions on what i should use. His suggestions were right on the money! His attention to details are what really stand out to me. These are small unimportant things but stuff like the original Gibson label. Everyone ive ever seen has the label cut. John worked my rim down from the bottom and just trued up the top a little so he could save my label, im talking a full oval Gibson label, he didnt even nick the edge of it! He also filled all the bracket holes and touched up where the brakcet bolt went through the original label and filled in the missing "I" in "Michigan". The refinishing of the outside of the rim was a perfect match. Fitting of parts to each other is perfect! We tried different bridges out on it to get the best sound and the one he picked for me is the same one i picked. He knows what sounds correct and he knows how to make it sound that way and for a fair price. 10 out of 10 for Note-Able Repair and owner John Boulding. For Luthier needs or lessons do not hesitate at all to call him. A Great Picker, Luthier, Teacher and Friend.

Overall Rating: 10

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