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Williams: Williams Custom

Submitted by sspicks on 11/16/2006

Where Purchased: Greg Boyd's House Of Fine Instruments

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 4150 ($US)


Outstanding clear deep full sound. Very even up and down the neck. Excellent note separation yet just the right sustain. By far the best sounding banjo I have owned.

Sound Rating: 10


The action was a little high but was very easily adjusted with a minor coordinator rod adjustment. Also adjusted the truss rod which was very responsive with very little turning. Otherwise I would have gave it a 10. I was reluctant to make any adjustments for fear of compromising the tone but was very pleased when I was able to set the action without hurting the sound at all.

Setup Rating: 9


Mahogany with traditional inlays. Excellent finish and perfect fit up of parts. Wil did a beautiful job assembling the banjo.

Appearance Rating: 10


The whole instrument looks and feels like the very high quality banjo that it is. Not one disapointment. In the short time that I've owned it, it has only gotten better.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Everybody including Jim Burlile, Wil Williams, and Greg Boyd have been great. I initially talked to Wil about buying direct but I would of had to wait a couple months. I bought mine from Greg Boyd, who had it in stock for immediate delivery. I never even asked about warranty but I do not feel it would ever be a problem.

Customer Service: 10


The obvious standout component in this banjo is the Burlile tone ring and it is incredible. But all the parts are the best money can buy.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I have owned quite a few good banjos and this is, by far, the best. I would recommend a Williams to anyone playing bluegrass style banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

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