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Gibson: Gibson TB11

Submitted by banjoplyr. on 6/28/2004

Where Purchased: Friend

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Had Arthur Hatfield make a Hearts and flowers 5string neck and install huber tonering.Arthur set banjo up .Banjo is a power house of a banjo.Banjo has a deep rich full sound,very good volume,loud,just the sound i was hunting for ,and excellant bluegrass banjo.I rate sound a10

Sound Rating: not rated


Arthur set-up banjo and installed new neck,rosewood finger board with hearts and flowers inlay,double cut peghead,Hatfield Comp.Bridge,Set-up was very professional.10

Setup Rating: not rated


finish on neck was flawless,outstanding work,very best wood,excellent hardware.

Appearance Rating: not rated


The workman ship on this banjo is excellent,

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

I known that Arthur will stand behind his work if any problems should ocurr.

Customer Service: not rated


The Huber tonering is a very good tone ring,Hardware is very cheap parts on this banjo.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Would i recommend this banjo for the price i paid? Yes.If you ever get a chance to buy a Gibson Tb11 or any pre-war Gibson and have the conversion to 5 string made go for it the sound is outstanding.

Overall Rating: not rated

Fender: Artist

Submitted by banjoplyr. on 12/10/2002

Where Purchased: Don's Music Land

Year Purchased: 1973
Price Paid: 600.00 ($US) (bought USED)


This is a great bluegrass banjo.Banjo was professonaly set up for me.hand made bridge,custom made 5th. string sounding overtones.

Sound Rating: 9


Setup Rating: 10


very nice looking banjo,fancy inlays,Walnut wood,flat head tone ring,very heavy tone medal parts.

Appearance Rating: 9


very dependable banjo,the finish is in very good condition for the age of this banjo.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

this banjo is a 1967 or 1968,Fender lost all records of the banjos made in the USA when they moved to Japan.

Customer Service: 5


No weak or cheap parts on this banjo.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Yes i would recommend this banjo to anyone,but they are getting hard to find,not many made.

Overall Rating: 10

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