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Chuck Lee: custom

Submitted by BOZ1713 on 12/17/2012

Where Purchased: Chuck Lee

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


Great tone. I wanted a more mellow tone for solo clawhammer-style playing - this does it!

Sound Rating: 10


I picked up the banjo at Chuck Lee's shop, and the set-up was perfect. He also took the time to go over the setup with me.

Setup Rating: 10


The appearance of the banjo is outstanding. I chose walnut construction and the quality of the fit and finish was excellent. The custom inlay and position markers were even better looking than I had expected, and that was a bar I though I had set pretty high (Thanks Tammy!).

Appearance Rating: 10


Having just recently taken possession of the banjo I have to go on the look and quality of the materials. Based on this I expect it to age very well.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

As I stated before, I picked up the banjo at Chuck Lee's shop and he took a lot of time going over not just my banjo, but talked also about his build philosophy as well. He even took quite a bit of time looking over an older Lee banjo that I brought along and gave it a few tweaks as well. Chuck has been a real pleasure to work with.

Customer Service: 10


Everything from the wood, hardware and fit and finish are all top notch.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is the first custom banjo I have ever commissioned. From the beginning Chuck took the time to understand what I was looking for, make suggestions along the way, and then presented a legacy quality instrument at the end. It is obvious that he takes a lot of pride in his work.

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by BOZ1713 on 11/3/2009

Where Purchased: From Mike

Overall Comments

I received the mute last week and have had the chance to use it daily since. I am really impressed with the tone - even muted - and the workmanship is outstanding. I am no longer banned to the furtherest reaches of the house when practicing. It is easy to attach and there is minimal interference with the right hand (nothing to worry about). The delivery was quick and the service outstanding.

Overall Rating: 10

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