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Picks: Blue Chip Thumb Pick

Submitted by helichuck on 4/2/2011

Where Purchased: Blue Chip

Overall Comments

I have the JD Crowe model and have used it for only about 5 hours time, and the tip is gone already. I emailed the Bluechip people but they did not reply at all!!
I don't play all the time so it has taken several months for me to accumulate several hours playing time, so I don't fall into the 30 day warranty period.

Very Strange

Overall Rating: 5

Gibson: Earl Scruggs Signature '49 Classic

Submitted by helichuck on 8/21/2004

Where Purchased: Bought it from an individual

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 2700 ($US) (bought USED)


This Banjo sounds great. IT has a stock kulesh tone ring in it, and it really cracks. I has a nice deep tone.
My wife came in tonite and said she could not believe how nice it sounded!!

I recently visited Earl Scruggs, and he said it sounded "real good"
That's enuf for me!

Sound Rating: 10


The banjo was set up nice when I got it, but I went to my teacher and we loosened the head just a bit and raised the tailpice a little( it was resting on the head) Both resulted in a nicer deeper tone.

Setup Rating: 7


Like new, beautiful Curly Maple neck and resonator.
Bow tie inlays on the rosewood finger board.
Also has spikes at the 7th and 9th frets.
The Label is signed by Earl Scruggs

Appearance Rating: 10


It is nickel plated stock Gibson, I suppose it will tarnish eventually.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated


The Curly Maple neck and resonator really match nicely!
The Banjo also has a Snuffy Smith bridge

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I would highly recommend a banjo like this to anyone.
I thought I was going to have to whip my teacher to get it back. HA

Overall Rating: 10

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