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Yates: Ron Stewart

Submitted by johnnybanjovi on 9/14/2009

Where Purchased: smokey mountain guitars

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 4270.00 ($US)

Sound

Great sounding banjo-I have owned (gibson)RB250,RB3,RB75, and Granada,also i have owned a R&T Terry Bacom and 2 Gold Star GF-85 and GF-100HF
And the Yates RS nut sackes em all

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The action was perfect-Head tension was at a G#
The 5th string spikes were correct
Bridge placement was right

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

I have the destressed model and love the tarnish and rust and wear look...this is cool

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Already have played 4 shows with it-And its holding up well

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Havent dealt with anyone yet

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Warren and Ronnie have put the best parts possible in this 5
The tuners (keith) second to none great
The woods straight grain maple looks like the best possible
Great tone ring,lots of different colors of tone
Tail piece,flange and all other hardware-the best

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

The best new banjo out there for the money or for any money

Overall Rating: 10

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