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Stewart MacDonald: Diamond Eagle

Submitted by roller24 on 10/6/2011

Where Purchased: Gift from Father Tony, Meherrin Virginia Catholic Church

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 0 ($US) (bought USED)


I play Claw Hammer after trying 3 finger picking, I like the style as it is more traditional to the Appalachian songs I play. I never played any other banjo, So I can't compare, but it sounds good to me.

Sound Rating: 10


The banjo was in playable condition, but I have made adjustments, the head is a 5 star.
Ive changed the strings to D'addario custom Medium, Tightened up the tuners, head and neck
I may change to a slightly heavier string next time around, and may try a skin head.

Setup Rating: 8


It's not a purty banjo, the inlay is sloppy, and it looks as the builder may have been impatient.
But it sure sounds good to me

Appearance Rating: 5


No corrosion, the frets are slightly worn near the peghead, but overall, this banjo was built to last.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Father Tony has passed on.

Customer Service: 10


Everything seems to be high quality, it's very heavy, so I know the tone ring is serious.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

It's my banjo! It's built with good stuff, the rest is up to me.

Overall Rating: 10

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