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The Ron Block Truetone – $5,975

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

 

The Ron Block model is based on a classic 1920’s Granada, specifically one of Ron’s banjos which he had played for years. It comes standard with a wider fingerboard, at Ron’s request. The banjo is also set up per Ron’s specs.

 

Both the neck and the resonator are made from flamed maple, and the resonator back is inlaid with two straps of multicolored wood marquetry. The flamed maple is features Huber “Hearts & Petals” inlay. The metal parts are engraved with a classic pattern and finished with heavy gold-plating.

 

White/black/white binding sets off the neck and resonator and the banjo is fitted with a clamshell tailpiece. The pot is built using our Huber HR-30 Tone Ring and Huber Engineered Rim.

 

 

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FLAMED MAPLE NECK & RESONATOR

The Ron Block model features beautiful highly-figured flame maple. Curly Maple is a great tone wood while also offering a very attractive visual appeal.

 

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!

 

All our Curly Maple models, including the Ron Block, feature a 5-ply resonator with a veneer of highly-figured flame maple on the back and sides.  The back is inlaid with twin concentric rings of multicolored wood marquetry.
Resonators are built by Steve’s dad, Jack Huber, in Lancaster PA.

HEARTS & PETALS INLAY

The Hearts & Petals inlay is an exclusive pattern to Huber banjos. It was designed as an echo of the larger, floral inlays common on banjos in the 1930s.
Both the headstock and the fingerboard are inlaid with this distinctive pattern, which as the name implies, features both heart and flower petal shapes.

BLOCK NAMEPLATE

The pearl block inlay at the 21st fret is engraved with the name Ron Block.

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.
For the Sammy Shelor model, the neck is cut to a slightly wider dimension, around 1.210 inches at the nut, and is fitted with a fingerboard that assumes a 14” radius.

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 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.

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.

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

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 process.
For the Ron Block model, a golden brown stain is applied to the neck and resonator.
The back is inlaid with twin concentric rings of multicolored wood marquetry.

CLAMSHELL TAILPIECE

In keeping with the concept of a careful replica, the Ron Block model uses a clamshell type tailpiece, just as was found on prewar Granadas, the banjo on which this model is based.

ENGRAVING

The tension hoop, tailpiece and arm rest are engraved on the Ron Block model. This classic pattern is a replica of what was used on prewar Granadas.

GOLD PLATING

The Ron Block model is gold-plated, using 24K hard gold plate. All gold plating is done in the Huber shop where we can insure consistency of color and quality of the electroplate.

WHITE/ BLACK/ WHITE BINDING

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

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 Ron Block Truetone – $5,975

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill Ingram

    I have a 1927 Gibson #3 banjo and wanted a comparable companion. I selected a customized Ron Block Model – fiddle cut head stock, Granada binding, antique nickle plating, wreath inlay. The workmanship is exceptional, the feel of the neck is great and sound is remarkable. Once it arrived and I brought out for my picking buddies to see and try, their appreciation of the banjo was great. It sparked an interest in Huber banjos and several of them have since acquired one.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Don Etheredge

    Absolutely love my Huber Ron Block model. I’ve had it about five years, now. It’s got a smooth sound when played softly, yet has plenty of bite when I need it. When played near the neck, it’s got that hollow sound makes people smile. The response is even, all over, with a deep, rich tone on the low end and super clean highs. I got the speed neck option and the difference is huge. I play in a lot of jams and always get great comments on this banjo from other players. One guy said “ I have got to go sell some cows and get one of those”.

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