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Tennesee Crafters: Classic Mahogany

Submitted by ghostdancer on 2/15/2005

Where Purchased: Musicians Friend

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 1500.00 ($US)


Sound is strong and clear, with good bass and excellent overall tone. The sound does not tend to seem choked off with use of A capo, as with some banjos. It really cuts A mic. too. It seems to be A cross between A growley Gibson, and A loud and cutting Stelling.

Sound Rating: 9


The banjo was not set up to my tastes, the head was A loose F note, but to my surprise, this has been one of the easiest banjos to set up i've seen, it sounds and plays good as long as the head is taught, and I left the action, and bridge alone, no need to adjust.

Setup Rating: 5


I could not find one flaw on this banjo, very ornate inlay work, and excellent nitrocellulose finish. I like the neck, which is thinner than My Gibson, it's very easy to play.

Appearance Rating: 10


I believe this one will last me for as long as i'm playing, with reasonable care.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I have no experience as of yet, but have been told that Crafters stands behind thier work.

Customer Service: not rated


All components are excellent, I love the Tennesee 20 sound, I wouldn't change A thing.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is definately A professional quality Banjo with A unique sound, and I would recommend playing one while considering whether to invest in A Gibson, Stelling, or any other high end banjo.

Overall Rating: not rated

Gibson: RB-250

Submitted by ghostdancer on 10/30/2003

Where Purchased: Sam Ash music

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


This banjo has the traditional gibson sound, being A mahogany banjo, it has A dryer and mellower sound than A maple banjo

Sound Rating: not rated


Set up was bad, so I replaced remo head with 5 star heavier frosted head, tuned to g#, set action to comfortable level, and installed Snuffy Smith bridge. I have found that set up is critical on this instrument. The tail piece is paralell to the head. I found that with the head tuned to

Setup Rating: not rated


Great appearance, all's well in that department

Appearance Rating: not rated


Very reliable, so far

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

no experience with customer service

Customer Service: not rated


I might consider replacing the waverly tail piece with A price which is heavier, but I like to leave my banjos origonal if possible, I don't even like to monkey with different tone rings and such.

Components Rating:

Overall Comments

I have always played gibson banjos, and believe that the

Overall Rating: 8

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