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Jan 16, 2021 - 6:39:07 PM
43 posts since 4/3/2010


I would love to hear some feedback from anyone who has played on...


Jan 16, 2021 - 8:05:59 PM

2631 posts since 10/13/2011

D -- Friend has one, tried it a couple of times, it is an impressive banjo. As good as any modern bluegrass banjo, classic bluegrass sound. Maybe a bit darker sounding than most curly maple banjos, very powerful projection. I owned a mahogany Yates Ron Stewart for a few years and it was terrific, sold it only because I have a prewar parts banjo that was similar sounding (I have multiple banjos for personal amusement) and a guy nearby wanted the Yates.

Not sure what you are looking for (I see you have ads about several makes). A favorite banjo is a very subjective thing. I happen to favor banjos with Robin Smith necks because I have thin hands, and his prewar-dimensioned necks tend to be a little slimmer, but he was happy to customize features and would build to suit.

Just my two cents, from an amateur wannabe banjoist. YMMV. Good luck with your banjo hunt!

Jan 17, 2021 - 7:01:59 AM

219 posts since 10/26/2008

I can't speak to the specific model in question but I used to own a Yates Rattlesnake. Really upset with myself that I let it go. It was the best banjo that I've owned or had the pleasure of playing, and to top it off Warren is one of the nicest guys. He would let me drop by the shop every now and again to do some setup stuff too for free or minimal cost. Usually walked out of the shop with a t-shirt too! And his finger picks are amazing, never will have the need to try a different brand.

Jan 17, 2021 - 10:02:58 AM

823 posts since 1/17/2011

If youre referencing the used one at Guitar Center I played it. Its nice, but my Fitch Firestorm is nicer. Maybe it needs a better set up.

Edited by - teletodd on 01/17/2021 10:03:20

Jan 17, 2021 - 11:43:02 AM

823 posts since 1/17/2011


Edited by - teletodd on 01/17/2021 11:44:43

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