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Janish: Picker

Submitted by Ks_5-picker on 4/4/2002

Where Purchased: Munich Germany

Year Purchased: 2000
Price Paid: $1400 ($US)


I play bluegrass with my Janish.I like it a lot,very satisfied.Have had many compliments on its looks and sound.Workmanship is very good. This brand is virtually unheard of in the U.S. It was made in the Czech Republic in April of '98.Please email me if you'd like the website for Janish musical instruments.

Sound Rating: 8


This banjo is a Gibson copy.It was well setup,though I did have to tighten the head,but it traveled halfway across the world,I rather expected that.

Setup Rating: 8


beautiful burl walnut resonator and neck.Lots of eye catching purfling,and the prettiest abalone inlay I've ever seen.

Appearance Rating: 10


finish is great.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I emailed the builder,Pavel Janish when I first got the banjo.He replied right away.

Customer Service: 8


Only problem I had was the 5th string nut was not quite deep enough,just needed filed down a slight bit to keep the string from popping out when I picked it really hard.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I bought this banjo just from the pictures,I had never played one before or even seen one.I've been very happy with it.

Overall Rating: 9

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