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Hatfield  Celebrity  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by PJRedWing (see all reviews from this person) on 3/5/2017

Where Purchased: Arthur Hatfield

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 3500 ($US)

Sound

I am very happy with this instrument. I have been playing it for 1.5 years. It sounded terrific when I picked it up and it has opened up nicely since then. Arthur pointed out that his tone ring gives an even tone across the fingerboard, and he is correct. There isn't a dull spot anywhere on the neck. Each note rings clear and the volume is even all the way across.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

This banjo was set up perfectly for me. I'm not quite an intermediate player, and I find this instrument easy to play. Other than a couple of string changes in 1.5 years, I haven't made a single adjustment. It stays in tune nicely.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The neck on this bano is superb. It fits my hand nicely. The tiger maple that Arthur selected looks fantastic. The rosewood on the fingerboard has nice grain and contrasts nicely with the inlay. The inlay work is top notch

I requested one of Jim Cox's quilted maple resonators and Arthur was happy to accommodate. In fact, Jim was back in Kentucky and personally delivered the reso to the Hatfield shop. Arthur did beautiful finish work - the color really brings out the quilting.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Most definitely - Arthur is a stickler when it comes to the quality of the parts that go into his banjos.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Everything you've read or heard about the Hatfields is true. Top notch customer service. Arthur and Bev are the best.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Again, love the neck! The Gotoh tuners are fantastic - nice, accurate tuning.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I would definitely do business with Arthur and Bev again. I can't say enough about the quality of the work and the customer service.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by alangraf (see all reviews from this person) on 5/15/2014

Where Purchased: Arthur's Shop

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 3100 (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I have been looking for a true blue grass banjo for a while and the Hatfield is an incredible sounding instrument. The intonation is perfect, it stays in tune, its loud and its notes wring with clarity. The sound is even up and down the fret board and players remark to me that it sounds just like a pre-war, the highest compliment you can get. I have some other banjos, but this one stands above them for a true bluegrass sound

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was set up and it was a used banjo that was returned to Arthur because it was on loan and the player ended up doing something other than playing banjo (I feel sorry for him)

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The Celebrity has gold plating on the metal, Gill resonator and is just in great shape. I was really happy that Arthur had a used banjo as I saved a few hundred dollars from the new one---although a new Celebrity would be worth the money. I also tried out some other banjos that were made by individuals and the Hatfield stood out to me, as the best sounding instrument.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I have brought the banjo to jams and everybody I play with wants to try it out. I have to swat them away from it.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Arthur and Bev are two of the nicest folks you ever want to meet. All the past reviews here say so, and its true. Arthur says as long as he is alive he will back up his banjo, and I believe him. Its a true pleasure getting to meet them and help them continue their art of banjo making

Customer Service: 10

Components

Seems like everything on the instrument is quaility. Its interesting that with other banjos I have had I always had to change the strings at least once a week after playing them a lot. I told Arthur that and he seemed puzzled saying he doesn't change his strings that often. After taking home Arthur's Celebrity and playing it for about three weeks, I noticed I did not need to change the strings as the banjo retained its tonal quality. I have no idea why Arthur's banjos can do this, but I will assume its the Hatfield magic.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I am one of those tone nuts always in search of the instrument with the coolest, nicest sounding tone.  I have been that way with guitars and now with banjos.  Owning a Hatfield banjo puts me at ease.  Its a joy to play and look at.  Thanks Arthur and Bev for your wonderful contribution to bluegrass.  Check out Arthur on Youtube, he is also an accomplished banjo player.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by RTWhite (see all reviews from this person) on 2/10/2014

Where Purchased: Through Arthur Hatfield

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: $3375 ($US)

Sound

I absolutely love the sound of this banjo. it's perfect, clean and clear.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Not only was the set up perfect, but when I arrived to pick it up, Arthur took the time to go over it with me. It feels great, nice weight to it too. It's a beatufil instrument.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

If I could marry it, I would (but I can't, so I won't). The curly maple, the inlay, the rosewood fingerboard, the nickle plating... it's so pretty I don't want to get my finger prints on it... but I will.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

This is great hardware. Arthur is the best and he uses the best. Two thumbs up.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have no idea how 10 is even appropriate for service here. Simply put, Arthur and Bev's service is a breath of fresh air. I flew two hours from D.C. to Nashville, and made the 1.5 hour drive up to pick up my banjo. I spent 30 minutes with Arthur going over the parts, having him pick a little, trying it out myself, etc. That trip is something I'll always remember. Arthur and Bev were so responsive long before I got there. Arthur's just great to talk to over the phone, but it was really great meeting him and having some time to talk. If you get a Hatfield banjo, make the effort to go down and talk to them, you won't regret it.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Arthur uses some of the best part and his workmenship is amazing.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

From the very first day I contacted Arthur, it has been an amazing process.  His parts and his workmenship speak for themselves.  I have never seen a more responsive and pleasant person, providing a service to me (by making me a banjo).  Arthur makes you feel like you're his number one customer, and he treats you like you are.  I called with questions now and then, and he was always willing to to take as much time as I needed.  Arthur had great advice and knew everything I had a question about.

The Hatfields take you back in time when you actually appreciated paying someone to do something very well.  The time and effort Arthur takes bleeds from the wood of his banjos.  You can't miss it.  A Hatfield banjo is a functioning work of art.  I asked Arthur to sign mine, and when I picked it up, I asking him to have the first go before I started picking.

Simply said, I love this banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by william p murphy (see all reviews from this person) on 10/6/2007

Where Purchased: art's wed site

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 3200.00 ($US)

Sound

This celebrity has a great sound up and down the neck.Those that I have talk to before I bought it.told me I was getting some banjo and they were all right.I didn't have to do a think when it came,it was rich and full.It has that great bluegrass sound when you need it,yet soft and smooth on the slow songs

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The action,head and pegs were right where they need it to be.Art set this banjo up just like a pro

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

When this banjo was delivered by mail and I open it,I was amazed at the workmenship,I couldn't see one flaw.Its everything I hope for.I saw Art's banjo on his wed site after searching for months,you see I have A RB3-GIBSON of which I will keep,everyone has them,alot of banjo players are buying HUBERS which are good I wanted one different and this one is great and I mean great

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

To see this banjo out of the case is one to behold,what a gem.I imagine I'll pass this on to my grandchildren that's good reliability

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Well what can you sat about Art.All his reviews from other banjo players were great and so his mind.Whether it was by phone or e-mail Art or Bev were quick to repond.They take everything to heart and do what you want,He's a real gentlemen thanks Art

Customer Service: 10

Components

Well this model the "celebrity" is all gold plated not cheap looking at all.The neck and back are northern canadien maple with a beauitful finish,,a very rich looking banjo

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I would recommend this banjo and Art to anyone.I beleive the 3200.00US price is one of the best in North America.This banjo is right up there with the very best,,I just wanted one that alot of banjo players don't have YET,,,I would definitely buy one again from Art if it was stolen I would have Art make me another one,,,thanks very much,,,my email is bmurphy1@ns.sympatico.ca should anyone like to talk more,,Bill

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by diversified (see all reviews from this person) on 11/10/2003

Where Purchased: Arthur Hatfield Glasgow, KY.

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

For a bluegrass banjo this one has it all. Smooth mellow tone that has enough volumn to cut right to the point. This banjo sounds as crisp at the 22nd. fret as it does at the 1st and it can handle all you can give it. The tone is honest,clear,chrisp and solid, all wraped up in a banjo that is pleasing to listen to. I have heard Arthur play a lot of banjos in his shop (old,new,borrowed and blue) but this celebrity has the sound that was unequled.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Arthur had been playing this banjo for a while, so when I became its new owner I did'nt want to change anything right away. Now that I have played it for a while, I'll leave it right where it is. The playability of this banjo is such a pleasure you could not ask for more.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The Celebrity is truly a beautiful instrument. It has a curley maple resonator with a warm brown stain that is bound with white binding. The neck starts out at the heel with a dark stain that fades into a rich honey brown and then returns dark as you go toward the peg head. All of the hardware is gold. Arthur's inlay pattern for the fretboard is truly unique, almost snow flake like, and the peg head has beautiful scripted like scrolls that accent the turners. The attention to detail on this banjo is flawless. The finish is glass smooth,inlay and bindings are perfect,the cut of the neck that joins the pot is precise.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Absolutely no question in my mind this is the finest constructed banjo on the market. All of the components are of the highest quality that can be found and the workmanship is solid.

Reliability Rating:

Customer Service

Arthur is the best. He takes time to talk about every part of the banjo and is very pleasent to deal with. I can say that if their happened to be a problem with this banjo in 20 years due to his workmanship, he would fix it. In this day and time it is a real pleasure to be able to deal with the person who actually made the banjo and not some customer service rep that does'nt care about your problems. Ultimate confidence.

Customer Service: 10

Components

My Celebrity has all of Arthur's standard components. Huber tone ring,Cox resonator,three ply maple rim,Remo weatherking head,Hatfield compensated bridge,Presto tail piece.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I am so completley satisfied with my

Overall Rating: 10

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