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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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New Snuffy Smith Bridge: New Snuffy Smith Bridge

Submitted by jmoliver on 8/3/2013

Where Purchased: Direct, Mike Smith

Overall Comments

Great tone, great communication with Mike (Kat Eyz's), fast delivery. 11/16" maple bridge with Crowe spacing. Installed on my Stelling Master Cross and it came alive!

Overall Rating: 10

Sean Ray: The Kickoff Book

Submitted by jmoliver on 2/19/2013

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Excellent value, 100 popular tunes tabbed out in very straight-forward, Scruggs style format. All song tabs can be seen (left and right hand) separately at ... Sean was very prompt and helpful sending material and in reply to questions regarding tabs. The only "con" comment would be that it would be helpful to have right hand finger notation on tab for more technical licks.

Overall Rating: 9

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by jmoliver on 12/30/2012

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Best 5 string mute on the market!

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Kat Eyz Submerged maple Bridge

Submitted by jmoliver on 12/30/2012

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Outstanding bridge, great customer service.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by jmoliver on 12/27/2011

Overall Comments

Absolutely the best experience I have ever had in selecting and purchasing a new instrument! Took all the time I needed to have questions answered ... patient with my "Him-Hawing" around. Their interest was solely on me being satisfied with my purchase and not trying to just sell me an instrument. Refreshing! Kept me informed of the status of delivery, set up of my new Sullivan V35 Maple was done exactly as I specified. Mark (General Manager) was great to deal with and helped me place a value on the Gibson RB250 I'm selling.

Overall Rating: 10

Sullivan: Vintage 35 - Maple

Submitted by jmoliver on 12/20/2011

Where Purchased:

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


Sound is very full with a distinct brightness. Consistent tone, clarity and volume up the neck. Great acoustic volume.

Sound Rating: 10


Banjo was set up when I purchased it as I requested. No adjustments were necessary to make.

Setup Rating: 10


Beautiful finish. I chose the speed neck because I live in south Florida where the humidity is very high. On a lacquered neck the humidity can cause the neck to be very sticky. There is a protection on the wood but no lacquer. The appearance is pretty striking as well.

Appearance Rating: 10


Made very well and has a great feel ... balanced. This will most likely be the last banjo I ever own.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service was superb! Information given to me on the phone was reliable and they had all the time I needed to ask specific questions. When I flew up to Atlanta to see and play the banjo they welcomed me, took time to speak with me and let me sit and play as long as I wanted to. They weren't pushy, they made me feel as though my satisfaction with the banjo I selected was their first concern, not the sell. Honest.

Customer Service: 10


All of the banjo is standout.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I wish I still lived in Georgia ... I'd be hanging out with the guys at all the time!

Overall Rating: 10

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