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6991 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: ebay
Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 99 ($US) (bought USED)
researched a casual front porch lightweight banjo. got over myself and went basic open back style, tried for USA made but settled for import.
local music store sells beginner Savannahs. Johnson is the same model. this arrived with a super nice case, pro packed, sounds nice and bright . it is used but in like new condition. i know everyone likes to put down imports but this one is a decent beginner model. music store teacher pleased with sound.
Sound Rating: 7
just had it tuned correctly to start, neck straight, strings just right. but i have to set up the strap like a guitar to keep the neck angled up. works for me.
Setup Rating: 7
surprisingly well made. geared 5th string tuner is nice, clean and basic looking but a good starter.
Appearance Rating: 8
decent enough to learn on, i know it would be nothing compared to a pro model. but great for jammin away at home with friends.
Reliability Rating: 8
Customer Service: not rated
all good. seems solid enough.
Components Rating: 8
excellent choice, look for a beginner model that really hasn't been played much. if you have it shipped hopefully it will be in it's case in the shipping box. UPS did good. generally pretty happy with the Johnson 070.
Overall Rating: 8
'neck' 4 hrs
'WTB Banjo neck' 4 hrs
'Good Thursday Morning' 5 hrs
'4 Geared Tuning Pegs' 6 hrs