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VRB-3 Truetone – $5,295

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

 

The VRB-3 is our recreation of the pre-war style-3 banjo, surely the most common of all the 1930’s flatheads. It features a mahogany neck and resonator, with our 1930’s style Huber HR-30 Tone Ring and Huber Engineered Rim.

 

The mahogany neck imparts a sweetness to this model with a warm blending of notes that create a classic bluegrass sound. The rosewood fingerboard and double cut headstock overlay are inlaid with a vintage style-3 pattern. It is finished with a natural mahogany stain, with antiqued binding and antique metal finish on the nickel parts. Grained ivoroid tuner buttons complete the vintage look on this model. The Flying Eagle and Wreath inlay pattern are also available on the VRB-3.

 

 

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MAHOGANY NECK

The VRB-3 uses high grade, quater sawn Mahogany for the neck. 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 overlay 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 PATTERNS

Our VRB-3 boasts a classic inlay pattern, which we describe as the “Leaves & Bows” pattern, noted for its understated simplicity.

 

The VRB-3 can also be ordered with another of the prewar inlays if you prefer, such as the “Reno” pattern, or the “Flying Eagle” pattern.

TRUETONE NAMEPLATE

The nameplate inlay at the 21st fret bears the name Truetone executed in individual mother of pearl letters, representing that this model was made with our HR-30 ring and Engineered Rim.

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.

 

The tuners are fitted with authentic recreations of 1930’s “Amber Tulip” buttons and help create the proper vintage feel.

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 BR-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.

ANTIQUE COLOR BINDING

The VRB-3 has single white antiqued binding which involves the use of a coloring agent applied in the finish to give the binding along the sides of the neck, resonator and resonator rings an aged appearance.

VINTAGE METAL FINISH

We add the Vintage Metal Finish to the VRB-3 to complete the vintage vibe. The outer surfaces of the metal parts are modified to remove the sheen, giving a very close approximation of the look of a much older instrument.

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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3 reviews for VRB-3 Truetone – $5,295

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chuck Bates

    A Sonny Osborne video led me to the name Huber. He said it has an amazing sustain. He was absolutely correct. This banjo Resonates… that is the sound.

    I wanted that sustain so I could play classical, pop, blues, jazz as well as traditional bluegrass. This banjo does it all Beautifully.

    The neck is exceptionally smooth, One could not ask for better action on the fretboard.

    This is a professional quality instrument… A banjo can’t get any more “reel” than this instrument.

    Thank you Steve Huber!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charles Bates

    I wrote the review above and wish to add a grateful THANK YOU to EVERYONE at Huber Banjos. There is a common spirit of excellence and quality that shows in the workmanship of this instrument. So I am actually giving this instrument 10 stars to ALL at Huber Banjos.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marcus Aaron Allison

    A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of getting a Huber banjo. So, I had Steve make one for me. When it arrived at my house a few months later, I instantly fell in love with the VRB-3. After picking just a few notes, I knew this was a keeper. The tone on this banjo is beautiful. Also, the tone is powerful when I need it to be powerful. The tone is unlike any of the other banjos I’ve owned. I actually sold my other banjos and bought a Huber Granada within a year of the VRB-3 purchase, and I don’t regret it at all! Furthermore, the VRB-3 is so versatile. Whether you love the musical stylings of J.D. Crowe or Bela Fleck, you can get the sound you want out of the banjo.

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