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        A banjo worthy of the master.

        The quality of its fit and finish pays tribute to the great pioneer of bluegrass. Made of figured maple, finished with hand-applied lacquer, and inlaid with a hearts and flowers pattern. Triple-bound (white/black/white). Nickel-plated, hand-engraved hardware.


         
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        4.3

        (based on 11 reviews)

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        Best of the Best

        I've been playing professionally for 35 years and the "Earl Scruggs" model is a dream come true. "FOR ME". I can't say that it is for everyone but,...Read complete review

        I've been playing professionally for 35 years and the "Earl Scruggs" model is a dream come true. "FOR ME". I can't say that it is for everyone but,if your looking for the real deal in the "Scruggs" sound, this IS it. Gibson knows what they're doing. (They built Earl's first pro model,and he's been playing Mastertones every sinse.)The sound of Earls banjo can only be re-created by the origional maker, GIBSON. I wouldn't get rid of mine for anything, HONESTLY. It has the sound I was waiting for. MAKE NO MISTAKE. This banjo was designed to do one thing. Reproduce the sound of Earl's banjo and,IT DOES. Perfectly. If you are looking for any other sound, don't buy it. Disapointment comes from the player, not the banjo. I've rated the banjo 10s across the board, because FOR my taste in bluegrass music it IS the "BEST of the BEST"

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        overpriced & overrated

        I have played Bluegrass Banjo for 30 years and have owned my "Earl Scruggs" model for 12 years. I have been very disappointed in it to say the least. This is su...Read complete review

        I have played Bluegrass Banjo for 30 years and have owned my "Earl Scruggs" model for 12 years. I have been very disappointed in it to say the least. This is supposed to be a top of the line instrument, but it doesn't begin to compare with a lot of lower priced instruments. I would have sold it long ago, but am unable to recover my investment. It is an easy banjo to play, nice thin neck, but the tone isn't there and when using a capo it is necessary to retune every time. There are a lot of other banjo's of better quality available for half the price (I have a Great Lakes Banjo I bought at a flea market that sounds much better). The best thing I can say about it "It is a beautiful banjo to look at, but not to play". If you want a "looker", this is the one to buy, but if you want a player I would strongly recommend buying something else.

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        5.0

        Gibson Earl Scruggs 5-string

        By Wyatt09

        from Prescott, AZ

        I purchased my Scruggs banjo in 2003. I started playing banjo in 1959 and now have seven good quality banjos and have played in numerous bluegrass bands, although not to make a living at it. My favorites banjos are, a 1957 Gibson RB-250 arch top and the Scruggs. Of the latter two I would say it is a toss up. I alternate using one for about four months and then switching to the other. The arch top has more higher overtones and therefore sounds "brighter" and the Scruggs has lower frequencies and thus a deeper sound. I alternate between tastes between the two and would rate the Scruggs a very high quality product. Perhaps not the top of the line because is does damp out the higher overtones, but certainly a worthy investment and well worth the money.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds like Earl's banjo

        By dave-yeID2

        from florida

        I have owned my Earl Scruggs Standard for over 6 years now and throughly enjoy it. It's a beautiful looking and sounding American banjo. This is a maple banjo (neck, pot & resonator) with a kluesch tone ring which produces a true Earl Scruggs tone, not a mahogony RB-250 sound. The vibe of this banjo is true pre-war American, not definitely not an asian knock-off. Banjo set-up is important so make sure yours is setup buy an experienced banjo luthier. I put a stuffy smith bridge on mine and it rings like a cannon.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        perfect

        By banjoboyjohn

        from Clintwood, VA

        It's a great banjo. Mine's over 30 years old and sill going. The tone of it is very easy to manipulate. It's tone is well balanced. The lows and the mids are powerful and the highs are smooth and clear after it has been played for a few years.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        gibson the banjo that started bluegrass

        By charliedog

        from north carolina

        I bought the earl scruggs standard banjo in 2002 and its a very well made instrument and sounds great i have had no problems with it ! I know there are banjos that sound as good, and look as good, and dont cost near as much, but they just dont say gibson!

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        overpriced & overrated

        By MRZxz9sb2

        from Salem, IN

        I have played Bluegrass Banjo for 30 years and have owned my "Earl Scruggs" model for 12 years. I have been very disappointed in it to say the least. This is supposed to be a top of the line instrument, but it doesn't begin to compare with a lot of lower priced instruments. I would have sold it long ago, but am unable to recover my investment. It is an easy banjo to play, nice thin neck, but the tone isn't there and when using a capo it is necessary to retune every time. There are a lot of other banjo's of better quality available for half the price (I have a Great Lakes Banjo I bought at a flea market that sounds much better). The best thing I can say about it "It is a beautiful banjo to look at, but not to play". If you want a "looker", this is the one to buy, but if you want a player I would strongly recommend buying something else.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top quality; top sound....

        By Hisgracecase

        from Ponchatoul, La.

        The only brand endorsed by Earl Scruggs. I now know why...There is no comparison to other brands I have played..

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        4.0

        The Best Mastertone

        By Joebear

        from Charlottesville, VA

        The Gibson Mastertone is the best banjo one the market, I love the beautiful tone that comes out of this specimen. If you think this banjo is within your price range and would like it, you should buy it. I have played the banjo for about 10 years now, and I have not run across a better banjo.

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        5.0

        Hey...it's a Mastertone

        By 5String-Udq3d

        from Colorado

        I've owned this instrument for a number of years now and it's held up beautifully. I've also built banjos for over 25 years and this is the one I play the most. It's got the sound and the name to go with it: a legendary Mastertone.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best of the Best

        By Rick-CJX5E

        from Chico, CA

        I've been playing professionally for 35 years and the "Earl Scruggs" model is a dream come true. "FOR ME". I can't say that it is for everyone but,if your looking for the real deal in the "Scruggs" sound, this IS it. Gibson knows what they're doing. (They built Earl's first pro model,and he's been playing Mastertones every sinse.)The sound of Earls banjo can only be re-created by the origional maker, GIBSON. I wouldn't get rid of mine for anything, HONESTLY. It has the sound I was waiting for. MAKE NO MISTAKE. This banjo was designed to do one thing. Reproduce the sound of Earl's banjo and,IT DOES. Perfectly. If you are looking for any other sound, don't buy it. Disapointment comes from the player, not the banjo. I've rated the banjo 10s across the board, because FOR my taste in bluegrass music it IS the "BEST of the BEST"

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Instrument

        By sprokit

        from Seattle, WA

        It took a long time to dial it in. My dog knocked it out of the stand week 2 and broke the neck..do this and be prepared to WAIT 4-6 months. It throws a warmer sound, it is not a "bright" sound, and can get out there. Action, fretting is very good. Be prepared to be patient and set it up with a local luthier. It did require a lot of tinkering to get "the" sound.

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