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Straps: Lakota Banjo strap

Submitted by MildBill on 4/18/2013

Where Purchased: Direct

Overall Comments

Wonderfully soft and stable. I got the 3 inch strap and it really distributes the weight. However, I do think a 2 inch strap would fit in the case better.

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Arthur Hatfield Compensated bridge

Submitted by MildBill on 4/18/2013

Where Purchased: TheAcousticMusician

Overall Comments

Really seemed to open up and balance my banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

Rover: RB-35

Submitted by MildBill on 4/18/2013

Where Purchased: GuitarCenter

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 200 ($US) (bought USED)


A bit better sounding that most aluminum rim banjos I was able to play, but still kind of hollow sounding. I lined the rim with carpet padding and that got rid of a lot of overtones. Sounds pretty good now.

Sound Rating: 6


Surprisingly it was pretty well set up.

Setup Rating: 8


Not a bad looking banjo other than the paddle peg head. A somewhat aged look kind of like a Yates.

Appearance Rating: 7


I bought it with a slight twist in the neck. Other than that it seems solid.

Reliability Rating: 6

Customer Service

No warranty, never dealt with Rover.

Customer Service: 5


Guitar tuners as expected on a cheap banjo. Replaced the bridge and strings. The neck is nice. Had a Weatherking head on it.

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

Bought this to take camping. I thought the aluminum rim would hold up better in a 100 degree trailer and at $200 I won't be out much should something happen. Bought it because it sounded decent and had a nice neck.

Overall Rating: 6

The Acoustic Musician

Submitted by MildBill on 4/9/2013

Overall Comments

Mike and Dave are great guys, always ready to help. Great instructors at the store also.

Overall Rating: 10

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