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Iida: Six String-5long-1drone

Submitted by mitchmanns on 1/21/2009

Where Purchased: Manns Guitar Academy

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Good solid sound,very pleasing

Sound Rating: 8


The banjo was unused the setup was good.It had the original head (frosted underneath)I changed the head and improved the setup.Frets were like new.Was easy to tweak the banjo now the set up is better.

Setup Rating: 9


Weird shaped peghead, big funky star at 3d fret

Appearance Rating: 4


the hardware is fine Japanese Chrome 2pc flange The tailpiece broke so I upgraded that.The tuners are OK the kind that came on the upper end 70's Japanese first thought was to upgrade but they work fine so they can stay.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

This came into my store as a trade in,no warranty .no problems.I am putting this in my personal collection they are rare.

Customer Service: not rated


the tailpiece broke .The tuners are not my favorite but the work fine.General quality is good as expected for a high end 70's japanese banjo.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

The best thing about this banjo is the 6th string.I have worked out Side Saddle(a Sonny tune) and some Crowe licks.Sound is good, plays nice,cuts a mike pretty good.

Overall Rating: 8

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