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Gibson: RB-4

Submitted by Yohan014 on 8/11/2004

Where Purchased: Italmelodie

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 5240$ (can) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Each banjo is 'unique', and this one have really his own personnality! I never heard a banjo sound like this!! This banjo have a very special sound, rich with a lot of bass . A wonderful sound that i like a lot!!Perfect for any style of music.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The setup was good. The action is low, but i will get use to it. I simply had to tune the banjo.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This banjo in walnut is wonderful. The flying eagle inlay is great. No flaws anywhere.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

My new RB-4 seams very well built!! The finish, the tuning pegs, and all the other parts seams reliable. This banjo will last!! I think i can depend on it.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I never contact Gibson, but i think they offer a good warranty.

Customer Service: 9

Components

My new RB-4 is a banjo with a walnut neck and a burled walnut resonator, he have a rosewood fingerboard and the Flying pattern inlaid in mother of pearl. My Gibson banjo is nickel plated. All the pieces are quality pieces, there is no weak or cheap parts.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I recommand this banjo without hesitation. This musical instrument was well worth the $ i paid. This RB-4 have a 'Unique' sound and i love it a lot!!! The sound and the action of this banjo are very different compare to my Washburn B-16 (A maple banjo). The sound of my Washburn was more bright and the action was more high compare to my RB-4. I love the Washburn, but the RB-4 is my favorite........

Overall Rating: 10

Gold Tone: Banjola Deluxe

Submitted by Yohan014 on 4/21/2004

Where Purchased: Italmelodie

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 1300$ (can) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

The banjola DLX have a mellow and rich sound.The sustain of the tone is very good. But the Banjola is not very powerful. I tune it in G and it's perfect. To hear the banjola DLX, go to www.folkofthewood.com (Vidéo samplers).

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

The setup from the music store was very good and the action was perfect. I didn't have to make any changes.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

The instrument is very nice. The Heaths and flowers inlays on the fingerboard are beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Yes, it will last with proper care. The banjola is more fragile than a banjo. The finish is of good quality. I can depend on it.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Excellent service from Italmelodie.

Customer Service: 8

Components

The Banjola DLX have a top solid spunce and Planetary style tuners. As i can see, there is no week point or cheap parts. Good playability of the neck.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I recommand the banjola DLX, It's a very nice musical instrument with a good sound. She is also very light (Less than 4 pounds), you can easily travel with her. I love it a lot and i'm thinking to buy a backup in case something happen to the one i have. It's a unique musical instrument, buy it without hesitation!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Deering: N/A

Submitted by Yohan014 on 4/10/2003

Where Purchased: Steeve's Musique

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 969$ (can) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

A good sound. Not as loud as my Washburn B-16, but a great sound. This banjo have a wood tonering, the sound the banjo produce is more a traditional sound, rich and bright. I play any style. This banjo is versatile, whit it you can play everything.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

The banjo was setup well when i buy it. The action on the banjo is perfect.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

The wood seems of excellent quality. The banjo is simple, no flaws. Only mother of pearl dots and the Véga sighn on the banjo. A nice natural finish.

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

Deering built very solid banjo. At the end, it's a quality product that will last.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

I have a one year warranty. Deeering offer a good customer service.

Customer Service: 7

Components

The rim is three ply maple rim, the neck is hard rock maple, i have a two way ajustable truss rod in the neck, good tuning machines and a perfect finish. An ebony fingerboard. The components seems of good quality. The banjo is very light, you can carry it everywhere.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I recommand this banjo for the price i paid. It have a good sound, it is very light, the playability is excellent and you can bring it everywhere you want. I like it for that. If it was stolen i will buy a Deering Véga No.2 for his better tuning machines and his more advance tonering (Tubaphone tonering).

Overall Rating: 8

Washburn: N/A

Submitted by Yohan014 on 1/11/2003

Where Purchased: Steve's musique

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 900$ (Can) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Suit perfectly my music style. Mostly bluegrass style. The sound is bright, rich and loud. It's a versatile instrument.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

The setup and the action were good when i buy the banjo.

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

The instrument shine, a very good finition. The wood seams to be of good quality.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

The instrument seems to be reliable. I think it will last. I think i can rely on it.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

I never deal with the company. I have a one year warranty.

Customer Service: 7

Components

The parts seams of good quality.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

For the price i paid, i think it's a good banjo. If it was stolen, i think i will buy a Gibson RB-3 to try a mahogany banjo and have a warmer sound. It was the best choice i had for the price. I love this banjo, he have a good sound.

Overall Rating: 8

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