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Bishline: Cardinal

Submitted by ihirochika on 5/30/2012

Where Purchased: Wolfe Guitars of TN

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 3,195 ($US)


This banjo has an astounding sound.
Rings like a bell with 4th growl lows & highs all the way up the neck.

Sound Rating: 10


My chief interest is in retail price,I don't expect perfect setups from the
Guitar shop who does not specialize in banjos.The reality is "as is"
the loose head,the bridge in improper place,bent neck,the high action
I tightened the head,the truss rod to straighten the neck & gave it a higher bridge to get a best playablity.The cardinal is very responsive to the changes.It's very easy to make setup changes.

Setup Rating: 8


I love the distinctive inlays of brown leaves enclosed with MOP glimmering subtly on the stage &the burled walnut resonator.
No finish flaw,no blemish found on it.A brand new Perfect.

Appearance Rating: 9


Looks like they're assembled with top notched parts,BL tone ring, BL
block rim & sturdy neck&pot connection.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have not utilized CS yet.

Customer Service: not rated


The head stock & neck stand out beautifully.
It catches attension of others.
No upgrade is needed.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

You can't buy a better walnut banjo than the cardinal in this price range
($3195) It's the former top of the line of Bishline & now the discontinued
model.(It remaines customized.)

Overall Rating: 10

Wolfe Guitars of TN

Submitted by ihirochika on 5/30/2012

Overall Comments

They sell Bishline Cardinal at the price of $3,195.00
John Savoca at the Wolfe Guitars of TN is helpful enough for me to buy the banjo smoothly. Quick international mail order procedure has been finished.They also sell Heirloom,midnight moon at the steal prices.The great overlooked Bishline dealer.I've never dreamed of
getting the Cardinal at the guitar shop.

Overall Rating: 10

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