Last Tuesday afternoon (8/18/09), I had the pleasure of ordering my first banjo from Doc's Banjos. Doc, a real doctor, is Pat Huff. What a great experience and what a nice guy. I'm lucky that I only live 20 min. from Doc, so will get to see in person some of the building progress. Doc's banjos are very traditional looking and quite 'sparse' in appointments (bling), but I would not call them vintage or period looking. There seems to be more wood on his banjos; they are not heavy, but they seem quite 'solid.' I like his 'frailing scoop and platform' and am going to give that a try. I've played a dozen or so, and when you play them, the entire instrument resonates.
Mine will have a Massandruba fingerboard and tone ring (African) which is hard and tight grained. It's reddish brown in color and the piece I selected has some figure in it. The sides of the neck and pot will be Eastern Cherry. I have a number of custom guitars, all of the dark, so I opted for something lighter for a change. The bottom of the pot, heel, and 2 laminated strips in the neck will be African Wenge. The center strip of the neck will be Bubinga; also hard but a lighter brown. Waverly tuners, Fiberskin, and a no-knot tail piece will round it out.
Doc says about 3 months at present. I've waited years for a guitar, so that's fast. Looks like something new for Christmas this year.
Playing Since: 2008
Experience Level: Novice
Gold Tone CCOT, Doc's Banjo 12", OME Jubilee
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I'm pretty new to clawhammer. I play guitar (45 years), and attended a 90 min. workshop with a borrowed banjo at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop with Michael Miles at the helm. This was in July, 2008. I was hooked. Had another workshop with Ken Pearlman last month at PSGW, and I'm even more hooked. Still playing guitar; not so much Celtic, but more Hawaiian Ki ho alu (Slack Key). Between the banjo and guitar, there is plenty to play.
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