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Unboxing a unicorn - lefty Hatfield Feud

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Jul 23, 2022 - 8:47:31 AM
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1461 posts since 11/26/2003

18 years ago I bought my first real banjo from Arthur Hatfield, Hatfield Special #4. Today I opened up his flagship model Feud, one of 13 ever made and the only lefty in existence. Arthur is 20 years into and halfway through making his limited edition Feud model. Only 25 will ever be made and this is most likely the only lefty that will ever be commissioned. Ordered on Christmas Day 2021, after a 7 month wait, here is the unveiling. July 22, 2022.

I've been working on guitar since covid so it's about the 3rd time I've picked up a 5-string in 2 and a half years but i certainly have good reason to head back to the woodshed now. I don't have any illusions that ill ever be more than a mediocre banjo player but as a lefty with pretty much no chance of ever getting a prewar Gibson, I think I've secured a solid pair of rare banjos with this 2022 Hatfield Feud and my 2020 lefty Stelling Golden Cross.

Jul 23, 2022 - 9:54:44 AM
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3834 posts since 7/12/2006

From one lefty to another......Congrats!!
I am a proud owner of the first lefty frank neat stanleytone banjo (40th anniv. model) and i have a lefty martin HD-28VR and a D-35, and a lefty quasi Bow Tie copy flathead built by Richie Dotson.
Hope your new Feud gives you many hours of enjoyment!

Shame we live on opposite ends of the country

Edited by - stanleytone on 07/23/2022 09:55:39

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