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Aug 5, 2021 - 2:30:50 PM
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77 posts since 10/13/2010

Just received my new Huber VRB, which I'm calling my "3/4 Dream" because of it's hybrid spec of the Huber VRB-3 and -4, plus a little personal customization added in.

This instrument is absolutely amazing, the sound is exactly what I was looking for, and it's damn sexy to look at.
Huge thank you to Steve Huber and the Huber Banjos team. I had a wonderful experience working with you on this build, and am so happy with the end result. You guys are super great and so talented!

Review: banjohangout.org/reviews/searc...edir=true

Build specs:

  • Mahogany wide neck with speed finish
  • Double cut headstock, inlaid with a vintage style-3 pattern, customized with an added petal from the Huber "Hearts and petal" pattern
  • Rosewood radius fingerboard with the Huber "Hearts and petals" inlay pattern
  • Figured walnut resonator with twin concentric rings of stained wood marquetry
  • Huber HR-30 Tone Ring and Huber Engineered Rim
  • Antiqued black/white binding
  • Antique metal finish on the nickel hardware
  • Grained ivoroid tuner buttons
  • Railroad spikes at frets 7,8, and 9
  • - Beautiful and solid, "Superior Instruments" hardshell banjo case

Edited by - rwsansom on 08/06/2021 08:26:43

Aug 5, 2021 - 3:52:15 PM

6231 posts since 10/13/2007

Congratulations! She is a beauty. Would love to hear a sound file on it. Enjoy.smiley

ken

Aug 5, 2021 - 4:33 PM

91 posts since 10/5/2019

Looks great. I know those have a great sound. Congratulations! Those speed necks that are a bit wider than standard are my favorite.

Aug 5, 2021 - 4:43:52 PM
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1078 posts since 2/6/2006

Super looking banjo! Luv the combo of style 3 neck & style 4 resonator! Steve Huber & his crew are tops in my book & have always been a pleasure to work with!

Aug 5, 2021 - 5:33:02 PM

CanadianCal

Canada

59 posts since 1/16/2011

Absolutely beautiful! Congrats!

Aug 5, 2021 - 5:57:36 PM

jfb

USA

2445 posts since 9/30/2004
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Fine looking banjo, post a sound file for us to enjoy!

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:15:29 PM

2055 posts since 1/10/2004

Looks awesome! Enjoy.

Aug 6, 2021 - 6:50:59 AM

156 posts since 9/19/2005

Beautiful but you’re making me nervous balancing it in the case!

Aug 6, 2021 - 8:14:31 AM

524 posts since 2/21/2005

Great looking banjo. I think Huber makes the finest modern bluegrass banjos.

Aug 6, 2021 - 8:33:47 AM

77 posts since 10/13/2010

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Originally posted by pat_mccarley

Beautiful but you’re making me nervous balancing it in the case!


@pat_mccarley - This case is pretty amazing, and believe it or not, the banjo in this photo is super safe because the case is so padded. When i set it up, iit was like the banjo nestled down into a paradise of pillows. While it looks like it's balancing, the banjo is actually super secure in its stance.

I was more nervous of my high-energy 6 year old son who was standing behind me and desperately wanted to run over and play it!

Aug 6, 2021 - 8:47:02 AM

1267 posts since 9/6/2019

Nice looking instrument. I can't wait to get the Stelling that I just ordered, but that won't be for a few months yet.

Aug 6, 2021 - 8:52:45 AM

77 posts since 10/13/2010

Here are some video clips that Steve Huber recorded for me at his shop in TN before shipping the banjo up to me in Boston.

Honey You Don't Know My Mind (G) - https://youtu.be/JRpBygUAGlw
Sally Goodin (G) - https://youtu.be/v516cSH2n3Q
She'll be coming around the mountain (C) - https://youtu.be/UldSYSLDy5Q
(I don't know this title!) (G) - https://youtu.be/IOhc4qAVztE

I'll get some recordings of me playing it soon, but hearing Steve play it is a treat in itself!

Aug 6, 2021 - 9:34:33 AM

1078 posts since 2/6/2006

Last vid is Shuckin’ the Corn…based on Earl’s recording

Aug 6, 2021 - 10:01:22 AM

1525 posts since 1/28/2013

I bought a Huber Kalamazoo at their shop it was the only one they had there. A year later I had to replace the narrow neck with a wider 1-5/16th. I tried to replace it with a Huber neck, but Steve said he did'nt make them that wide. So Ron Coleman made a custom neck for me, but it says Gibson on the peghead. Stills sounds the same though.

Aug 6, 2021 - 1:09:29 PM

77 posts since 10/13/2010

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Originally posted by rupickin5

Last vid is Shuckin’ the Corn…based on Earl’s recording


Thank you @rupickin5 !

Aug 6, 2021 - 1:27:33 PM

77 posts since 10/13/2010

quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

I bought a Huber Kalamazoo at their shop it was the only one they had there. A year later I had to replace the narrow neck with a wider 1-5/16th. I tried to replace it with a Huber neck, but Steve said he did'nt make them that wide. So Ron Coleman made a custom neck for me, but it says Gibson on the peghead. Stills sounds the same though.


The wider 1.25 neck is definitely more comfortable to play than what I had on my starter Gold Tone (1-3/16) - such a small difference in size, but huge in playability. I'd like to try a 1-5/16 at some point.

Aug 6, 2021 - 2:06 PM

1525 posts since 1/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by rwsansom
quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

I bought a Huber Kalamazoo at their shop it was the only one they had there. A year later I had to replace the narrow neck with a wider 1-5/16th. I tried to replace it with a Huber neck, but Steve said he did'nt make them that wide. So Ron Coleman made a custom neck for me, but it says Gibson on the peghead. Stills sounds the same though.


The wider 1.25 neck is definitely more comfortable to play than what I had on my starter Gold Tone (1-3/16) - such a small difference in size, but huge in playability. I'd like to try a 1-5/16 at some point.


The Huber had the 1-3/16th neck, as my skills progressed especially with more progressive styles the  1-3/16th will not work. You also need wider spaced bridges, even wider than Crowe spacing, which most narrow necks will not accomadate. I wish I would have known years ago to use the 1 5/16ths. more accuracy, fretting and picking, and easier and faster chording.

Aug 7, 2021 - 8:44:24 PM

402 posts since 3/27/2010

Beautiful looking and sounding banjo! Congratulations!

Aug 8, 2021 - 4:18:17 AM

6231 posts since 10/13/2007

Sounds very sweet! Thank you for the sounds.
ken

Aug 8, 2021 - 10:20:18 AM

jfb

USA

2445 posts since 9/30/2004
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Sounds pretty good ! Even with that unknown picker from Tennessee doing the driving..
opps sorry Steve :)

Aug 8, 2021 - 11:25:01 AM

2748 posts since 4/16/2003

I just have to ask:
Why a mahogany neck with a walnut resonator? Why the "mismatch"...?

Aug 8, 2021 - 12:23:23 PM

6231 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by J.Albert

I just have to ask:
Why a mahogany neck with a walnut resonator? Why the "mismatch"...?


It is my impression that the veneer of the resonator does not change the tone. The walnut resonator is sure beautiful.

ken

Aug 8, 2021 - 1:47:20 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by J.Albert

I just have to ask:
Why a mahogany neck with a walnut resonator? Why the "mismatch"...?


I personally don't see an issue...Earl paired up a mahogany neck to his flame-maple Granada & resonator. And, late '30's RB-75's often left the Gibson factory w/ mahogany resonator & straight-grained maple neck...stained to match. Plus...I think it looks great in it's singularly unique look! ;-)

Edited by - rupickin5 on 08/08/2021 13:47:49

Aug 9, 2021 - 7:31:12 AM
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77 posts since 10/13/2010

quote:
Originally posted by J.Albert

I just have to ask:
Why a mahogany neck with a walnut resonator? Why the "mismatch"...?


The decision was driven by both tone and aesthetic. For tone, I definitely wanted a mahogany neck, as I just love the sweetness and warmth of mahogany, and enjoy pulling the sound out of the instrument (vs. my maple neck banjo which just responds immediately... which at times is almost too sensitive and bright.)

And the walnut resonator for primarily for the aesthetic - I love the look of walnut. (My in-laws have a kitchen table that's pure walnut, and I spend a few minutes admiring it every time I visit.).

And as From Greylock to Bean Blossom stated, there's a general belief that the resonator veneer doesn't impact the tone. But I also thought that even if there's a small effect on the tone, I wanted a wood slightly denser than the mahogany - Not that I believed the walnut would brighten up the tone (that just doesn't happen thanks to physics) but maybe if anything, it wouldn't lose any of its existing brightness. I'm fully aware though, that even if the walnut veneer does have any impact on tone, it will be so slight that most ears probably wouldn't be able to notice. So, back to the primary reason: I thought the walnut resonator with the inlaid marquetry would just be damn beautiful, and it proved to be so.

Aug 13, 2021 - 4:50:29 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1106 posts since 11/9/2010

Congratulations- great looking and sounding Huber! Now just play the fire out of it!

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