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Straps: Sully's Straps

Submitted by Tonecaster on 5/6/2012

Where Purchased: Direct for Sully.

Overall Comments

This is my third strap from Sully. His straps are as first rate as he is. Quick turnaround time and the fit and finish of a lifetime purchase. Two of my instruments went to friends and so did the straps but one is coming back to me as my friend Rob needs a smaller strap for his style of playing. I give Sully and his straps high marks in quality and service. A+++

Overall Rating: 10

Great Lakes: Special

Submitted by Tonecaster on 5/6/2012

Where Purchased: Private party

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 1000 ($US) (bought USED)


It has a great full sound like a 5 string bluegrass banjo should!

Sound Rating: 10


It played okay but needed work. The fretboard needed replaced as it had a bad re-fret job and all the inlays were removed. The neck angle needed reset as well as the binding replaced. This Great Lakes has been repaired by Mark Zimmerman with finish work by Randy Costew and now plays and sounds super!

Setup Rating: 10


This is a sold and pretty sweet model. It looks like a banjo should and it sounds like it should too!

Appearance Rating: 10


After the repair to original factory setting and condition it looks and sounds as new!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

35 years after the fact i could get NOS parts and service. How cool is that?

Customer Service: 10


This is a custom hand built banjo that I've wanted since the 70s. I finally got one and Mark and Randy made it new again. It is as good as it gets and I know I will be happy with this banjo the rest of my life!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Great Lakes Banjo Co. products are first rate from the Vanguard student model on up. If you can pick one up you won't be disappointed. I love mine!

Overall Rating: 10

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