Custom instruments are something to behold regardless of whether they are a guitar or not.
I say this because there is no doubt that I love me some banjo, and usually when the word banjo is even uttered it sends people fleeing towards the exits.
But stay seated I promise this is good.
Chuck Lee Banjos out of Ovilla, TX produces some very gorgeous (both looking and sounding) banjos. The instruments coming out of Chuck’s shop are simply fantastic, and I am nearly positive that no two are the same. Custom instruments are the bread and butter of Chuck’s shop from different headstocks, to inlay patterns, to tone rings, to wood and finish selections… this shop does an impressive job. The necks are nice and hefty and the rims are exquisitely turned… it’s the kind of instrument that you just want to feel. The neck feels like it was crafted for the player’s hand and the playability of these banjos is outstanding.
And then there’s the sound… with all of the options available you can custom design a banjo that sounds as plunky as you need or as crisp as you want.
Overall, these banjos are remarkable and if you happen to find one at a local shop or get one by contacting Chuck himself (I think they are still being made) you will be just as impressed as I was when I got mine.
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