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Where Purchased: Backyard Music
The sound is understandably light, given it's design, but intonation is decent and has an overall sweet quality.
Sound Rating: 7
There is attention to detail that you might not expect to find in a "kit" model. The woodworking is quality, the design is well thought out - the 5th string tuner being arranged straight up from the fingerboard shows the maker's ingenuity.
Setup Rating: 9
Again, this is more than just a simple kit model. Attention is paid to aesthetic design to a degree beyond expectation for this type of banjo.
Appearance Rating: 9
Surprisingly durable. Like any instrument, do not expose it to extreme cold, heat or dry air.
Reliability Rating: 7
Very friendly, reliable, easy to contact and quick to respond to inquiries. Maker takes pride in his work and wants to make things right.
Customer Service: 10
I've dealt with multiple Fireside banjos assembled and kit models since 2004. The maker has consistently upgraded and tweaked the design, materials used, etc. These banjos continue to get better and better.
Components Rating: 9
I've used these banjos to teach children and adults in college classes. Across the board, students find them easy and friendly to use. Beginners appreciate their size and light feel, while more advanced players appreciate their portability, sweet sound, consistent string action (all the way up the neck) and overall design. Personally, they make great travel banjos and are handy to keep around the house (or workplace) when a quick frailing or fingerpicking fix is desired!
Essential and highly recommended.
Overall Rating: 9
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