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Saga: Resonator Banjo Kit RK-2

Submitted by Mumble Peg on 7/4/2004

Where Purchased: E-Bay

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 149+shp ($US)

Sound

Aluminum arch top rim. Tone is bright, crisp, and not metallic. Tight head gives great Bluegrass tone, and looser for frailing. Didn't like the Remo head furnished, so changed to Ludwig, and tone is much deeper.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Very easy to assemble. Action is ideal. Neck is full width and comfortable Gibson profile.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Basically the same as early Stew-Mac kit banjo of the 70's. Very nice peg head. Without flanges, makes a nice open back. Holes drilled for dot inlays.

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

Very good quality metal parts and mahogany wood neck and resonator.
Two-way truss rod installed.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

There was an error in one part and 1 thing missing. Dealer responded right away.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Geared planet pegs and geared 5th. Armrest and tailpiece like Gibson. Neck is pre-fretted. 24 hex lugs are not as good as shoe brackets, but work OK. Gibson style hooks and nuts. Strings furnished were all wrong gauges, and bridge had too much lean.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Very good value and easy to assemble. Some knowledge of finishing required. Exellent instruction book. Recommended for beginning builder.
It's very responsive to the touch and a pleasure to play.

Overall Rating: 9

Grizzly Kit Banjo: Banjo Kit H3124

Submitted by Mumble Peg on 2/18/2004

Where Purchased: Grizzly Industrial

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 159.00 ($US)

Sound

Nice, plunky old timey tone with replaced Fiberskyn 3 head.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Easy to finish and assemble.

Setup Rating: 6

Appearance

Looks like a nice old time open back.

Appearance Rating: 6

Reliability

Has planetary pegs and geared fifth, rosewood FB with truss rod. Nice frets with binding.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

NA

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Mahogany neck and pot veneer. Pot is 3/8

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

Not a very good value, as a fully playable Rover is less money.

Overall Rating: 6

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