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May 16, 2021 - 12:42:27 PM
197 posts since 3/24/2008

Hello,

I have a 1929 2PF TB-6 banjo which seems to have some action issues. I'm guessing it could use a shim or heel recut. I was also considering just having a new neck built as I always wanted a neck with a Flying Eagle inlay. It currently has a hearts & flowers.

I've contacted Steve Huber & made an inquiry on Frank Neat's website. Just curious if anyone had a preference. If you were to purchase a new neck for your banjo, who would you go see?

Thanks in advance,
Dan

May 16, 2021 - 1:10:15 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1100 posts since 11/9/2010

It is very subjective, but personally I like the profile of Huber necks.

May 16, 2021 - 1:50:35 PM

klgera

USA

514 posts since 12/3/2004

I am just wondering if your style 6 is gold sparkle or checkerboard? I like the looks of the binding on the fret board as well as the sides. Personally, I would build one with that tradition look.
I saw a very nice 6 neck by Nechville, also one by Sullivan Banjo, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those builders, plus Huber or Neat.

May 16, 2021 - 2:17:26 PM

197 posts since 3/24/2008

I have the gold sparkle TB-6. I had not even thought of Nechville. I have owned a Nechville before and I really liked the tone and adjustability. I wonder if having Tom make me a neck with my own preferred specs plus the flux capacitor would be a good idea.

I have found their (Nechville) necks to be too wide for me and I'm not a big fan of the radiused fingerboard. I have smaller hands and prefer a thinner neck.

I did have Nechville build me a custom banjo with a thinner neck and I liked it. I actually ended up using it as trade-in value toward my Gibson though.

May 16, 2021 - 5:34:19 PM

13979 posts since 10/30/2008

I had my checkerboard Style 6 neck made by Sullivan back about 2008. Very nice job. It felt like just about like any post 2000 Gibson neck. Not what you'd call slim. A good chunk of wood. I told them to just make it like one of their Gibson factory necks as far as size. Unbeliveable job on the Argentine grey finish. They take the time to put the one piece veneer over the back of the peghead to hide the glued-on peghead "ears".

Hear me now, believe me later, spend the money to send your pot to Sullivan to have them exactly fit the neck to both the pot, but also to the flange cut out and the resonator notch. They adjust the neck to fit without touching the pot or resonator. They don't like to alter the old original stuff.

May 16, 2021 - 9:43:47 PM
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1158 posts since 1/28/2013

Ron Coleman made me a new new neck for my Huber $1000 installed. Wide and thin, with slight radius.

May 17, 2021 - 3:56:29 AM

2131 posts since 2/12/2009

Ron Coleman also made me a neck for a 1928 TB2, superb workmanship and not expensive even though I am this side of the pond .

May 17, 2021 - 3:25:52 PM

110 posts since 1/20/2011

As Dean said, it's subjective but I would suggest Arthur Hatfield

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