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Hatfield: Special

Submitted by Chris270 on 11/4/2018

Where Purchased: At Arthur's shop/Glasgow

Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: 2900 ($US)


Awesome flathead sound. Exactly what I was looking for after owning a Gibson RB250 and a1980 Ode style D 6500.

Sound Rating: 10


Setup was perfect. No need to change anything!

Setup Rating: 10


Beautiful walnut banjo. Awesome inlays. The finish Arthur put on the wood is beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 10


I am sure this banjo will be doing it's thing long after 'm gone!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Excellent. The best!

Customer Service: 10


Top grade. No cheap parts on a Hatfield banjo. Arthur's banjo neck is beautiful and so is the burl walnut resonator. Arthur's 2nd and 3rd string compensated bridge is unbelievable. I highly recommend it.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Arthur is an awesome down to earth man and a joy to hang out with. It was an honor to meet him in person. Arthur had 3 models the day I was at his shop. I must have played each one 3-4 times each. Arthur said play them as long as you need to. Take your time he said. I decided on the Special. It's been about a month or so ago and I am so glad I decided on a Hatfield banjo. I highly recommend a Hatfield banjo. 

Thanks to Arthur for a great sounding banjo and the time you spent with me trying to decide on which model as all three models sounded great.

Overall Rating: 10

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