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Noel Booth: 12" Slothead Open Back

Submitted by 1ST on 8/12/2006

Where Purchased: Acoustic Corner

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 1050.00 ($US)


Great old time sound. Excellent 4th string . (I like a big bassy 4th string)

Sound Rating: 8


Needed slight adjustment for buzzing 4th string, which Mr Booth himself performed while I waited at his workshop.

Setup Rating: 9


Tastefully appointed. I love the slotted head. The slotted head is really unique nowadays. Ebony fingerboard and mahogany body. No finish flaws. This banjo is similar to a maker from the late 1800's I beleive was named Ashborn.

Appearance Rating: 10


All quality hardware. Grover tuners. Smooth frets.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Great, great service. Spoke with Noel and his wife. They were very obliging about me stopping by for the tuneup. Noel's wife even showed me her personal banjo (which I would love to buy from her) and gave me a concert.

Customer Service: 10


All quality parts.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Highly recommended.

Overall Rating: 9

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