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Nate Calkins: Tackhead #007 Grain measure, fretless

Submitted by dwsummers on 9/29/2008

Where Purchased: direct purchase

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 475 ($US)


As I am a fairly new player, I find this banjo very easy to play. I made some simple markers for fret locations that seem to work very well. It has what I consider a soft but bright sound, as I play soft and slow this banjo fits that style perfectly.

Sound Rating: 9


Nate had lightly marked the head for the best bridge location, the violin pegs are easy to operate and seem to hold tuning well. The only thing I might change is a little wider tail piece.

Setup Rating: 9


This is what I consider a reproduction banjo. Very light, the grain measure is very old and the neck and head hand made and nicely built and simple style. I very much like the deep frailng scoop. The style is simple with a lovely Honduran Rosewood Fingerboard, and Cherry Neck.

Appearance Rating: 10


I expect years of enjoyment from this banjo. Well constructed, I expect normal with normal use this instrument will last a long time.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Nate was very good to deal with, great communication, I am unaware of any warranty but I am sure that I can contact Nate with any issues that I may have.

Customer Service: 10


Rosewood pegs, wonderful wood working on neck and head

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I would recommend taking a look at Nate's Banjos if you are looking to play an old time style, Tackheads, Gourd, Open back, and Mountain Banjos at reasonable prices. I love mine and will be checking back with Nate later for a possible Open back purchase.

Overall Rating: 9

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