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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Other: Golden Gate GB-5 Bridge

Submitted by sjyokel on 7/28/2009

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Overall Comments

This bridge was priced on the low end at about $5. I was just wondering how much difference a new bridge might make. I didn't expect much, and I didn't get much. Really poor tone. The 5th string sounded so dead, I even replaced it thinking I must have damaged it when I changed the bridge (turns out I didn't).

After two days, I replaced the bridge with my ratty old stock bridge, and viola!, it sounded fine. I would have changed it back sooner, but I just couldn't believe that the bridge could make that much difference. (it can).

Overall Rating: 1

Homespun Video: Bluegrass Banjo Backup

Submitted by sjyokel on 10/15/2007

Where Purchased: Amazon.com

Overall Comments

Making this DVD was a great idea, but it has some flaws. I'll cut to the chase...

1. There is a LOT of talking in this DVD, so even though it's 2 hours long, at least 30 minutes of that doesn't include any practical information.

2. A good bit of the 2 hours worth of programming struck me as sales pitches for other Homespun DVDs. If you think of it as cross referencing, you'll be fine, but if you can't stand advertising in something you paid good money for, be warned.

3. I haven't worked through all of the licks in this DVD yet, but for the first half of it, I've found that the DVD doesn't really give you a way to practice along. The idea is that you need to buy the slow-jam DVD too in order to be able to practice the licks. With this DVD, you get short clips from the slow-jam DVD so you can hear how the licks sound, but not enough to play along with. (Kind of like buying a car and finding out the engine is sold separately...looks good but doesn't get you very far).

Basically, this DVD will "introduce" you to some basic fill-in licks but it's up to you to figure out how to fit them into the songs you want to play.

If you already have Janet Davis' Mel Bay Back-Up Banjo book, you've already got far more than you'll get from this DVD. And if you absolutely can't learn from tab alone, it's nice to be able to see how the licks look being played.

But if I had my $29.95 to spend all over again, I'd buy Janet Davis' book instead.

Overall Rating: 5

Tuners: Intelli MT500

Submitted by sjyokel on 10/15/2007

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Everybody has these things, and for good reason. This is an excellent tuner. Great concept. Great design. Works perfectly, even when you can't escape from background noise.

The only thing I would want is a battery meter. When the battery gets low, it has a hard time finding the pitch.

Overall Rating: 10

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