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The Lancaster Truetone – $4,950

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Historically our most popular model, the Lancaster uses a mahogany neck and resonator with nickel-plated parts for a classic look. It is fair to suggest that the majority of banjos manufactured since the early 20th century have been mahogany and nickel.

 

The neck and resonator are made from choice mahogany with a natural mahogany finish. The rosewood fingerboard and peghead feature the standard Huber inlay pattern. The mahogany neck imparts a sweetness to this model with a warm blending of notes that create a classic bluegrass sound.

 

The resonator features twin concentric rings in the back. The neck is inlaid with the original Huber pattern and the pot is built using the Huber Engineered rim and the Huber HR-30 tone ring.

 

 

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Listen to the Lancaster

 

Home Sweet Home played by Jason Burleson

Evening Prayer Blues played by Steve Huber

Features

MAHOGANY NECK

The Lancaster’s neck is made from high grade, quarter sawn mahogany. Banjo players who favor the older instruments always rave about the sound, but also include the feel of the necks and their ease of playability in describing their preference for the pre-wars. With this in mind, Steve carefully digitized the neck of his favorite old banjo, capturing every curve and nuance. The Huber necks are produced using computer aided machining technology, ensuring that each neck is crafted to the exact specifications – every time!

MAHOGANY RESONATOR

Matching the grain in the neck, our mahogany resonator has an veneer of straight grain mahogany, inlaid with twin concentric circles of white/black/white binding.

 

Resonators are built by Steve’s dad, Jack Huber, in Lancaster PA.

Inlay Pattern

The Standard Huber inlay pattern is used for the Lancaster, Kalamazoo, Roanoke and Lexington models. This pattern was designed by Steve Huber and his brother Dave, and has been in use since Huber Banjos’ inception. Dave Huber cuts all of the pearl on a CNC machine, and inlays all the necks. His care and attention to detail add substantially to the beauty of these fine instruments.

 

The headstock overlay is slightly more ornate on the Roanoke and Lexington models but the fingerboard patterns are the same on all four.

Lancaster Nameplate

The pearl block inlay at the 21st fret is engraved with the name of this model, the “Lancaster”.

White Binding

The fingerboard and the resonator side walls is trimmed with a decorative strip of white binding.

Waverly V-2 Tuners

All of the Huber Banjos come with Waverly V-2 tuners installed. The V-2s work very well and closely approximate the look of those found on vintage banjos. The tapered underside of the peghead washer helps protect the headstock and the internal low-friction bushings help ensure smooth operation.

Rosewood Fingerboard

All stock models are made with a rosewood fingerboard.

Maple Bridge With Ebony Top

The Huber bridge is made of carefully selected maple and ebony and  is designed for tone, volume and clarity. String slots are cut with a custom-built slotting machine that produces the exact depth, spacing and angle every time.

The Huber bridge is also available as a separate accessory item order.

HUBER HR-30 TONE RING

Our HR-30 Tone Ring represents the pinnacle in prewar reproduction, measured in both tone and responsiveness. It was created after a year of analysis into the vibratory physics of more than a dozen pre war flathead rings, and further research into casting methods that could consistently reproduce a ring that closely matched our prewar standard.

Huber Engineered Rim

The Huber Engineered Rim is the ultimate in tone and response, developed over a year of extensive scientific measurement and careful prototyping.

Dr. Jim Rae is the brains behind the Engineered Rim. Dr. Rae analyzed the vibrational physics and sonic output of prewar rims and used these numbers as the benchmark. Brian Sims worked with Dr. Rae in the prototyping and manufacturing of the Engineered Rim.

Huber Head

Through a special arrangement with Remo, Huber installs a head on each new banjo that is manufactured to his custom specifications. Steve finds that they offer a superior tone to that of the stock Mylar heads offered for banjo.

 

These Huber heads can also be ordered as a separate, after-market accessory item.

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Two-Way Adjustable Truss Rod

We use a two way adjustable truss rod in our necks. The two way rod allows for adjustments in both directions – you can add relief or reduce bow as needed.
The rod is accessible under the truss rod cover in the headstock, just behind the nut.

Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer Finish

Our Roanoke model is stained in a natural walnut to enhance the color and grain of the wood.

 

All Huber banjos are finished with multiple layers of nitrocellulose lacquer, hand sanded between coats for a smooth appearance. They are then buffed to a high gloss with careful attention to detail at every step in the finishing.

Polished Nickel Metal Finish

The Lancaster features beautiful polished nickel plated metal.

Presto Style Tailpiece

Like the storied pre wars which inspired them, most Huber Banjos have a Presto-style tailpiece installed during final assembly and set up. Steve feels that the lighter weight of this sort of tailpiece is best suited to the sound he is after.

Hardware

The pot-metal flange we use in all Huber Banjos is custom machined in a process which allows for more solid contact between the flange and rim, resulting in better structural stability and tonal response.

 

On all our models, we use a brass notched tension hoop, plated to match the other metal parts.

 

We use plated steel rods to hold the neck onto the rim instead of the softer brass found in many new banjos. We chose steel rods since the older flatheads used them and, proving that no detail is too small, even the nuts and washers are exact pre war replicas!

Lined Hard- Shell Case

Each Huber banjo is shipped in its own plush lined hard shell case.  The top lid is arched for superior protection.

Lifetime Limited Warranty

Every Huber Banjo is warranted to the original owner without time limit, often described as a “Limited Lifetime Warranty.”

 

Any defect in material or workmanship, except heads, strings and pegs will be repaired or replaced free of charge to the original owner, if returned to our factory, charges prepaid.

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2 reviews for The Lancaster Truetone – $4,950

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Eppinger

    To last a lifetime!

    I own and play a Huber – Lancaster weekly in front of an audience and I absolutely love it. It is a quality professional instrument that will last my lifetime. The playability and tone are second to none. The humble appearance emphasizes sound as opposed to glitz. I recommend Huber quality to all those who are serious about playing a banjo.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    George Honeycutt

    I have a Lancaster SN. 901-4 which is like an old friend now. I upgraded it 8 or 9 years ago with an HR-30 tone ring. Other than initial tightening of the head and one fret job, it has never needed any attention. I just play it with a big grin! I wouldn’t part with this banjo EVER!

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