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Mastercraft: Classic Burled Maple

Submitted by TimDreamer on 2/26/2012

Where Purchased: BanjoHut

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 479 ($US)

Sound

This banjo sounds rich and mellow as far as my ears can tell, but being a noob to playing I could be off. It lends itself well to bluegrass.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was setup very well by the techs at BanjoHut. I haven't changed anything on it yet, but am thinking about changing out the bridge as I ordered it with a stock bridge and may add a wood armrest. Minor tuning with the clip on tuner and I was up and running.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It has a burled maple resonator with a matte finish and MOP inlay on the headstock and fretboard it looks fantastic.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

It seems to me that the hardware is very nice and heavy duty. We will see how the finish wears over time.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Paul at BanjoHut was very helpful when I called after it was delivered to my door and gave me care and feeding instructions for the 'jo. The only thing that I had to do to it was find the nut for the tailpiece as it had worked loose during shipment. With the enclosed tools I was able to make the repair myself without problem. This banjo comes with a lifetime warranty.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Even though the stock bridge works very well, I am still going to replace it at some point in the future. That is the only thing that I would do besides find a nice wood armrest to match the resonator.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Right out of the box this banjo impressed me with the quality of parts and it's playability. This instrument is going to last me well past being a beginner musician. A+ BanjoHut and Mastercraft.

Overall Rating: 10

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