Banjos and Changes of Clothing

I just received an Oscar Schmidt 6-string banjo I don’t really need in trade for another banjo I no longer needed,but which a friend really wanted. So I thought I’d review it for Amazon. While there, I noticed the following lone negative review:


Oscar Schmidt did a HORRIBLE job with the making of this banjo. My husband took it out of the box and tested it for about 10 – 15 minutes and was picking metal shavings out of his shirt for 3 days. I’m not sure if we received a fluke or if the other people rating this Banjo doesn’t know that they are made better than, however, it is definitely not worthy of anything more than 2 stars.

I went ahead and wrote my review, explaining that it is a step above most starter 6-string banjos, similar to the Dean Backwoods 6. Then when I saw that my review had been published, I couldn’t help noticing the negative review above and responding to it.
My comment on the review above:

It is a shame that the factory missed a vacuuming step before they put it in the box. That said, was the instrument playable out of the box? Did have the sound you expected? Was it disappointing as a musical instrument? Also, does your husband always wear the same shirt for three days in a row?

If you want to see the banjo in question on Amazon’s site (and maybe read my review), click here:


About Paul

Paul Race has been writing and playing all kinds of music since the 1960s, though he tends to favor acoustic and traditional songs. He has created resources like,, and to help other musicians get a good start on their own journeys.

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