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Jan 26, 2021 - 10:09:22 AM
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Can anyone comment on Hatfield necks, how they compare to say an RK35?

Jan 26, 2021 - 10:15:22 AM
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KCJones

USA

1351 posts since 8/30/2012

Having never touched a Hatfield neck, I can say with confidence that they are much higher quality than an RK35 neck. wink

Jan 26, 2021 - 10:38:30 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Having never touched a Hatfield neck, I can say with confidence that they are much higher quality than an RK35 neck. wink


I meant like, shape, playability.. for example my Nechville Phantom is a WHOLE lot different than the RK35. Wide neck, thick fretts, 7-12 radius. 

 

Is the Hatfield the same as an rk35 just better quality? 

Jan 26, 2021 - 11:32:56 AM
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Arthur's standard neck profile is pretty much along Mastertone specs, and so are RK necks. With that said, Arthur is happy to shape a neck to the request of the buyer. My custom Hatfield has a neck of standard width but a bit less depth, owing to my small hands.

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:02:09 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

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quote:
Originally posted by No1up
quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Having never touched a Hatfield neck, I can say with confidence that they are much higher quality than an RK35 neck. wink


I meant like, shape, playability.. for example my Nechville Phantom is a WHOLE lot different than the RK35. Wide neck, thick fretts, 7-12 radius. 

 

Is the Hatfield the same as an rk35 just better quality? 


What are you looking for out of the RK that you're not getting now?

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:03:39 PM
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BobbyE

USA

2814 posts since 11/29/2007

The neck on my Hatfield Buckcreek is a great neck. I have owned a Deering, Stelling, Smith, and Huber and the Hatfield neck plays just as good as any of them. To clarify, I did not sell any of the aforementioned banjos due to neck issues. Just BAS. Still own the Hatfield and Smith. Mostly play the Hatfield.

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Jan 26, 2021 - 12:04:48 PM
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Blackjaxe47

Canada

1581 posts since 6/20/2014

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

Arthur's standard neck profile is pretty much along Mastertone specs, and so are RK necks. With that said, Arthur is happy to shape a neck to the request of the buyer. My custom Hatfield has a neck of standard width but a bit less depth, owing to my small hands.


Do not listen to Skip.......small hands - HUGE TONE.......lol

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:17:20 PM
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5Twang

USA

84 posts since 4/20/2008

Arthur Hatfield's necks are my favorite. His necks usually have a little broader dimension across the fingerboard, not as much a Nechville.
There is just a little more room for the left hand fingers to work.
As someone else said, Arthur will adjust his shaping to please you.

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:46:38 PM

11487 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

My custom Hatfield has a neck of standard width but a bit less depth, owing to my small hands.


I've played two Hatfields, inlcuding Skip's, and will say (1) I agree with his description of his banjo's neck having less front-to-back depth, especailly up the neck, and (2) the other Hatfield I briefly played (later that same year) at the Blue Chip booth at Grey Fox felt a lot like his. So in my limited experience, Arthur makes extremely comfortable necks -- which, to me, means a little less wood.

My initial impression of RK-35/36 necks is that they were a little big up-the-neck. But my hand always got used to it quickly whenever I played one in a store. Their width seemed fine. Just a bit more thickness in the hand than Deering (which was available to play at the same time). The last time I played one (which may have been five or six years ago) I didn't find it big up the neck at all. I assume the neck was the same, so it was probably my perception that changed.

Edited by - Old Hickory on 01/26/2021 12:48:09

Jan 26, 2021 - 1:48:10 PM

4093 posts since 10/18/2007

My Buckcreek feels similar to my '94 Gibson.

Jan 26, 2021 - 4:54:37 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by Cornflake

My Buckcreek feels similar to my '94 Gibson.


This comment would be very helpful if I had a 94 gibson on hand.. ?? I need a little wider than the RK35. 

Jan 26, 2021 - 5:02:54 PM

11487 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by No1up
I need a little wider than the RK35. 

As already posted, Arthur can make that for you. Most likely you'd need to provide the measurements of an RK-35 neck or the measurements you want.

Jan 26, 2021 - 6:22:53 PM

jbalch

USA

8748 posts since 11/28/2003

My Williams Kenny Ingram Model has a neck that Arthur built. It was supposedly made to Kenny's specs - which are just a tiny bit more beefy than a "typical" Gibson style banjo. I love it!

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