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Gretsch: Dixie Special open back

Submitted by cb56 on 8/29/2017

Where Purchased: Sweetwater

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: $499 historic exchange rates / currency converter


Very Bright! sounded more like playing steel drums than a banjo....

Sound Rating: 4


No. The bridge was not slotted correctly and the 5th string kept popping out of the bridge,

Setup Rating: 4


From a distance looked good. Inside the hoop where the two pieces of wood (2 ply) were joind together was not even. less than a minute would have solved that..

Appearance Rating: 5


NO! Tuners seemed very cheap. 5th string tuner rattled like crazy. tension hooks looked very thin and cheap.

Reliability Rating: 3

Customer Service

Didn't deal with the company. I did deal with Sweetwater when I returned it. They are TOP NOTCH. They are my go to online music store.

Customer Service: not rated


ummm... the box it came in was adequate?

Components Rating: 4

Overall Comments

Rating 4. I'm being generous.

Dissapointed in FMIC on this one. I have a gretsch dobro that is just fine. Maybe banjo just isn't their thing.

My student model Goldtone is a MUCH better instrument

Overall Rating: 4

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