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Prust: tackhead with square peghead

Submitted by tannerstan on 11/7/2014

Where Purchased: Online

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 238 ($US)

Sound

This banjo is loud, with a deep soft sound. Great tone as well.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was set up, except for the bridge. He includes with the delivery of the banjo a paper telling you exacly where to place the bridge, so it helps a lot. I did have to stretch the strings a bit before they would hold tune.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

It is an all maple banjo. Small wooden markers on the neck for helping learn the fretless positions. The finish is just a simple stain. Sanded a bit rough but its supposed to be a simple banjo, nothing fancy. No gloss. The tacks are a brass color with some engraved design. very pretty. Simple tension tuners. Calf skin head.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Not really any hardware on this banjo. Everything seems pretty sturdy.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

They offer money back if not satisfied. Eric Prust stayed in contact with me and made the banjo very quickly. He was very helpful and kept me up to date on the progress.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Not a lot of components. Just a simple tackhead banjo,

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjo is really great for the money. It isn't a kit and it still cost me well under $300. If you are thinking about heading in the minstrel banjo, or just fretless banjo direction, I suggest getting one of these banjo's. Its simple, very light, loud, very pretty, simple, and affordable.

Overall Rating: 9

Pickups: Schatten BJ-02 Pro

Submitted by tannerstan on 4/16/2011

Where Purchased: http://schattendesign.com/banjo.htm

Overall Comments

So i spent a long time looking for a good banjo pick up that would work for clawhammer style playing. I looked and looked online for a decent one that was decent priced. I eventually got the Schatten bj-02 pickup. basically its a pickup that attaches to the side of your banjo the same way that the arm rest attaches, you wind the pickup wire around the truss rod and it comes with a glue that attaches the pickup to the back of the banjo head. the pick up is glued to the under part of the head right where the middle foot of your bridge rests. I have been using it for a couple months now and have played shows with it. it has great pick up and no fuzz or hum sound comes out. it also has a volume control knob that is very handy. awesome for clawhammer or skruggs playing. i highly recommend it.

Overall Rating: 9

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