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Jun 3, 2023 - 11:32:32 AM
33 posts since 3/15/2012

I am considering buying a used Sullivan AC-1 with a V35 ring installed.

I understand that the neck inlays are different, but other than that, would that make it equivalent to an AC-S. The AC-S is mahogany and the AC-1 is maple, but again, other than the maple/mahogany issue, would the V35 make the AC-1 equivalent in sound to the AC-5?

And just to toss in a little more confusion, how would it compare to a Greenbrier?

Thanks for any opinions, informed or not!

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 06/04/2023 14:05:18

Jun 3, 2023 - 3:39:36 PM

5153 posts since 5/29/2011
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The most significant difference between the models you mentioned is the wood they are made of. Set up can have more to do with sound than anything else, regardless of what kind of wood a banjo is made of. 

If can play it in person then ask yourself if you really like it. Does it speak to you? Does it seem to draw you back? If there are other banjos in the room do you keep coming back to the same one?
If this scenario is the case then buy it. Don't over think it. It doesn't matter how it compares to other models. If it keeps calling you back then it's the one for you.

Edited by - Culloden on 06/03/2023 15:44:53

Jun 3, 2023 - 4:25:29 PM

5293 posts since 11/20/2004

What is an AC-5 ?

Jun 3, 2023 - 5:15:27 PM

33 posts since 3/15/2012

A C S .................................... not AC 5

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Jun 4, 2023 - 4:27:44 AM

5293 posts since 11/20/2004

The V35 is an excellent ring in my opinion. I have 3 of them in my mahogany necked conversions. It is a pretty hot ring and takes a little time to settle in. With that, I have not yet experienced any ring that made a maple necked banjo sound like a mahogany.
When the Greenbriar came out, their ring was not as strong as the V35 to me, but still a very nice banjo.

Jun 4, 2023 - 2:06:07 PM
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29313 posts since 8/3/2003

I have moved your post to Shopping forum. Only posts about classified ads are allowed on the Swap Shop.

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