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Yates: Rattlesnake

Submitted by MikeR on 5/27/2008

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Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 3250 ($US)


This is my fourth banjo, and the sound is absolutely amazing. I have heard all the big name banjos, and while I am not a pro, this one takes the cake. Rich full sound with no wierd buzzing or unwanted tones. It is crisp and bright, and all the volume you could ask for in my opinion. Wow...

Sound Rating: 10


It came fully set up and ready to play, the action is perfect. No messing with it, just fine tune and go..

Setup Rating: 10


It is absolutely georgeous. Curly maple neck and resonator, with a rosewood fingerboard. It really is a work of art. The fit and finish is flawless. The inlay work is perfect, and I just don't think anyone could have made this banjo any better than it is. wow..

You can pick everything you want and have it made to order. Wood, inlays, hardware, you name it. He can build it.

Appearance Rating: 10


Well it's pretty new, but it seems to be built to pass down over the ages. This will be my only banjo, unless I order another from him someday.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

You will deal with the creator himself and no middle man. He is as helpful and honest a man as you will ever meet in my experience.

Don't know about warranty, but I would bet Warren will take care of it for life.

Customer Service: 10


Top notch top to bottom. Only the best parts in it. Keith tuners, a handmade custom Venom tone ring (V33 no hole unplated). Can't find
a single thing that could be better.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I LOVE this Banjo, and would recommend it to everybody from the best to the beginner. It is a steal at the price, given the hours and love that go into it's creation. Totally hand crafted piece of artwork that performs.(Totally made in the USA too!) Its sound and beauty are flawless. If it were stolen I would have to hunt down and remove that individual from the earth. And order another one immediately.

I don't have the experience that many of you do, but I have played Gibsons, own a Recording King, and played a few others. None of them can compare to this Yates Rattlesnake. Get one, you will never regret it!! Wow....

You can pay alot more for one of the "big name" jobs, but you will never get the satisfaction from it that you will from a Rattlesnake. I am thrilled with mine, you will be too.!

Overall Rating: 10

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