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Recording elite: RK-76

Submitted by Judgejeb on 5/1/2017

Where Purchased: Homewood Musical Instruments

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I Play Scruggs Style, this is a great banjo for that sound. Plenty of volume and a ringing tone. Crisp and deep

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

I had to raise the action slightly, that's it.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Mahogany hearts and flowers, no flaws at all.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

finish is fine, looks dependable, i would use it as a main performance instrument

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

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Customer Service: not rated

Components

The tuners are first class, the tone ring is a monster.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I cannot believe they can put out such a fine banjo and sell them at the price they do.  Best bargain out there.  I had never seen one before.  It exceeded all the positive reviews I had read or seen!  I traded some other instruments for it.

Overall Rating: 10

Fawley: gower scruggs

Submitted by Judgejeb on 6/27/2008

Where Purchased: The Banjo Loft, Greensboro, Pa.

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 2800.00 ($US)

Sound

Suits my style. It would suit any style. It is rich, full, loud and bright, but not shrill. It can make any sound you want!

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The setup is perfect. Action is great. I will not change the setup.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This is a custom made one of a kind banjo. The neck was built by Mr. Fawley. It is mahogany anf the rim and resonator are maple. There are no appearance flaws.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I haven't had it but 3 days. It appears to be excellent finish-wise. I believe it is dependable.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Mr Fawley is a nice fellow and very helpful. I believe he would adress any issues if I had a problem.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The total package is STANDOUT! This is a great banjo. No weaknesses apparent.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

If there is ever another one, I would recommend it highly! I love it. The neck Mr. Fawley built is exceptional. It compares favorably with every other banjo I have played. Wyatt Fawley is an artist.

Overall Rating: 10

Gibson: Flathead RB-3

Submitted by Judgejeb on 3/9/2008

Where Purchased: gruhn's

Year Purchased: 1993
Price Paid: 1695.00 ($US)

Sound

I play mostly sgruggs with a little melodic thrown in. This is a great banjo. The intonation is the most perfect of any I have ever played. It sounds just like it should sound! It has a rich sound, at the same time it is bright and as loud as you want it to be.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

All I had to do was tighten the head and set the bridge. I did put a Hot Spot Bridge on years ago. I have not touched the coordinator rods or monkeyed with the neck. It Was set up perfectly and is still perfect almost 18 years later.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It is a wreath inlay RB-3. It is reddish stained mahogany as it came from the factory. The only flaws are some rough raised grains on the back of the resonator that were there when I bought it. The inlay work is excellent and beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The hardware is fine. I did have to replace the presto tailpiece because the old one cracked at the bend. The finish may have thinned a bit, but not much (only on the side of the resonator). I would depend on this banjo anytime, anywhere. If I was a pro, I would use it exclusively.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have the original warranty, but I have had no need for a repair. I have dealt with Gibson on another instrument, and they were friendly and professional.

Customer Service: 10

Components

No weak parts, with posible exception of the tailpiece. This banjo sounds as good as any I have ever heard. Folks that have seen and heard it think is is an old banjo.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I would recommend this banjo without reservation. If it was stolen I would wither up and mourn for it. I LOVE IT! THe sound is awesome and cannot be put into words. It is easy to play and stays in tune. I have other banjos but this one is the best of them.

Overall Rating: 10

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