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Truss Rod Cover: Wyatt Banjo Works

Submitted by bryantde on 4/2/2015

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Whenever I need truss rod covers for my new neck builds my go to guy is Randall Wyatt in Arkansas.

His CNC truss covers are very accurate in shape to the old prewar covers and just what I want for my necks.

He can do custom covers with your name in them or anything you basically want.

Give him a shout,,,,,,,,you will be very pleased with his work and pricing!

Don Bryant    NC banjo luthier

Overall Rating: 10

Other: Pearl Cutter and Inlay Artist

Submitted by bryantde on 5/20/2013

Where Purchased: Clifford Seales

Overall Comments

I am a banjo builder/repair and setup guy in North Carolina.
Wanted to submit a review of a gentleman that is doing all my pearl cutting as well as inlaying for my neck builds.
His work is as good as I have seen and since he cuts each pc by hand, he is able to produce nice intricate sharp points and delicate sized cuts that capture the prewar look, which up to now I have never been able to get from my other vendors that were using a cnc process.
He gives me a super quick turnaround unlike the 2 month wait period I used to have to endure.
His inlaying is very tight, as good a job of hand cutting and inlaying as I have seen.....
His pricing is very competitive and he is a gentleman to work with in every way!
I am truly glad to have him team up with me as my main supplier and to anyone that is needing this type of service, I highly recommend your contacting him for you inlaying needs!
You won't be sorry!
His name is Clifford Seales and he goes by petemonster.334s

Don Bryant NC Banjo Luthier

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Arnold Clayton Bridge

Submitted by bryantde on 9/4/2011

Where Purchased: From Mr. Clayton

Overall Comments

I got this bridge from Arnold at Banjothon in January and forgot I had it!
Have recently put together a style RB-00 cut with a Clayton pyramid tone ring and I had a Snuffy on it and it sounded good but when I tried Arnold's bridge I was blown away by the extra note clarity and note separation that it produced.
I immediately ordered more of these bridges from him today!
They look very similar to the heart shaped prewar bridges you see on the old tenors and a few 5 strings.
So they have a prewar look to them as well as producing great tonal qualities.
I highly recommend them....you won't be disappointed.
Don Bryant
Luthier in North Carolina

Overall Rating: 10

Tuners: Apollo " D " Tuners

Submitted by bryantde on 8/13/2011

Where Purchased: From Vendor Bill Adams @ Galax

Overall Comments

I would like to say that I have owned most all the major D tuners at some time in the past but none performed as well as the Apollos do!
Even the most well know ones require tweaking regularly to be accurate.
The gentleman that invented these must be a very intelligent guy and he has done it right!
They are very well designed and well built and they work.just as you expect them to.....period!
Don Bryant in NC

Overall Rating: 10

Capos: Bilt-Rite Capo

Submitted by bryantde on 5/25/2011

Where Purchased: From William Adams

Overall Comments

I recently acquired the Bilt Rite Capo and I must say I was impressed!
I installed it on my Huber capo frame and using my Strobe clip on tuner and tuned banjo in G and proceeded to capo in A and B and it was right on the money in both positions.
The gentleman that created this put a lot of thought into it and it truly does eliminate the strings from going sharp since the design is to capo right over the frets.
If you are looking for a capo that will be very accurate then this is it!

Overall Rating: 10

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