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Cox: Fairchild 50th Anniversary

Submitted by Yung-Picka on 9/12/2008

Where Purchased: The 5 String Music Studio

Year Purchased: 08
Price Paid: 4,000 ($US)

Sound

I pick Gillis style. This banjo has some serious power behind it. You've gotta learn to tame this beast. You can get a good Stanley tone out of it or Jimmy can do a single string run and make it sound like Reno, it can be harsh and sweet. The back up is good and the 22nd fret rings true

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

I was in there in the shop when my banjo was put together. I did a little work on it myself before I decided to buy it, as for the setup. Over 40 years of experience speaks for itself

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The gold plating goes great with the ebony fretboard and darker finish. A beautiful curly maple neck and a beautiful quilted maple resonator. I love the inlay pattern on this one. Its very simple but looks excellant. Simple.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Every piece of hardware was machined at Jimmy's shop. You know you are only getting the best. 100% USA made! The plating on this batch seems to flake very minor underneath the hooks, not that this hurts anything nor is it noticable unless you take a hook off. Parts are %100 garunteed, if it breaks you get a new one no questions asked

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I've known Jimmy since I started playing. Customer comes first.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Most of the parts on the Fairchild banjo are brass compared to stainless steel or even aluminum on other banjos. (Not Cox) all of the materials are top notch and this does not falter with the lower priced, not cheaper, models.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is an incredible instrument, it can sound how you want it to sound. I'd get another one if I didn't need it

Overall Rating: 10

Cox: Carolina

Submitted by Yung-Picka on 5/31/2008

Where Purchased: Jimmy Cox's Shop

Year Purchased: 08
Price Paid: 3,500 ($US)

Sound

The sound on this banjo is different compared to other banjos. This has a "semi-raised-head" (The Carolina) tone ring in it, some people have compared it to older Gibson banjos although this is a tone ring entirely of itself. This banjo is loud, it rings out quite a while, and it has a higher tone but with a good bass on the 4th string. I like the sound, seems like it would be good for studio work. Reminds me of a Sammy Shelor Sound.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Banjo was set up with over 40 years of experience, that speaks for itself. The action was high, but that's how I requested it, one piece flange was flawless, I like it

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Jimmy Cox created the inlay pattern for this one, not to gauddy, easy on the eyes, looks good. mahog resonater, no rings, mahog necks, all stained one solid color. Looks good, simple.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

All the hardware is 100% American. Jimmy Cox stands behind his work

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Jimmy's a great guy to deal with. I am unsure of the warranty on this but I've brought in my other banjo many times and he is always happy to help.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Everything is top of the line.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I love the tone ring, I'd say there's no comparision to a Gibson

Overall Rating: 10

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