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Fender: FB-59

Submitted by DougMetzger on 7/2/2008

Where Purchased: ebay

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 700 ($US) (bought USED)


Mine has or had a mellower tone to it. I have put a Snuffy Smith II compensated bridge on it and that helped with intonation and tone. I might change out the head for a clear head but for now it sounds just fine. I also used to pick farther away from the bridge than normal and since picking closer to the bridge...(within 2 inches) it really came alive. Its quite heavy (13+ pounds) and plenty loud.

Sound Rating: 8


The banjo I purchased was used but basically brand new. Only strummed a few times. The bridge needed slight adjustment. The action was perfect. The head needed tightening (which also brightened the tone).

Setup Rating: 9


The appearance is beautiful. The gold plating and walnut are stunning. The inlays are very nice and sit perfectly in the fretboard. Like others have stated, wherever you rest your arm, the gold plating will wear off quickly on the armrest.

Appearance Rating: 9


So far I havent had any issues with the tailpiece vibrating and it seems very solid. It stays in tune perfectly. Everything seems to be high quality.....I am quite pleased. Very dependable.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I have never had to deal with Fenders customer service so I cant comment.I cant imagine them being anything less than professional.

Customer Service: not rated


Upon getting your FB-59 I would immediately change strings and possibly a bridge swap. Other than that I wouldnt change a thing. If you need a brighter tone maybe a clear head.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I am very pleased with this banjo and wouldnt have any problem purchasing another if need be. Everytime I open the case.......which is a very nice case......I am blown away by the beauty. I cant wait to get my hands on it.

Overall Rating: 9

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