Workhorse CM-3 – $3,395

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


The Workhorse is a true professional-grade banjo at what we believe is an affordable price. We are proud to say this banjo is built in our shop in Hendersonville, Tennessee.


The Workhorse CM-3 features a curly maple figured neck and resonator along with nickel plated hardware. The satin nitro-cellulose lacquer finish with light golden brown stain creates an impressive look and feel.


The 844 tone ring used in every Workhorse is poured at the same foundry as our HR-30 ring and machined right here in the shop to the same pre-war specifications as all of our tone rings. The banjo has a classic 1930’s look (because we love pre-war banjos) with a double-cut peghead and our 1941 “leaves & bows” inlay pattern. The satin nitro-cellulose lacquer finish with golden brown stain creates a great look and feel.


Now, the Workhorse provides an entry-level, professional grade instrument that could become a lifetime banjo for our customer.







Highly-figured flame maple is used for the Workhorse CM-3 necks.


Huber necks are known to be the most comfortable and easy playing necks being made today. Produced using computer aided machining technology, each neck is crafted to the exact specifications every time!


Matching the grain in the neck, the Workhorse CM-3 resonator has an overlay of highly-figured flame maple.


The “Workhorse” series banjos all have a classic 1930’s look (because we love pre-war banjos) with a double-cut peghead and the 1941 “leaves & bows” inlay pattern.


The nameplate inlay at the 21st fret is engraved “Workhorse”.


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 Workhorse Series banjos feature an Ebony fingerboard.


The Huber bridge is made of carefully selected maple and designed for tone, volume and clarity. A special glue is used between the ebony and maple to ensure maximum vibrational transmission. String slots are cut with a custom-built slotting machine that produces the exact depth, spacing and angle every time.


As a part of the final assembly and set up process, Steve will try several bridges on each new banjo until he finds one that “agrees” with the tonal voice of the instrument.


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


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.


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!


Our new “844′ Tone Ring is actually no stranger to the Huber shop. We have been making this tone ring and private labeling it to other builders for the past 12 years. It is a leaded red brass alloy that makes a great tone ring. The Workhorse banjos provides us, for the first time, the opportunity to offer this tone ring under the Huber brand.


The Huber “Vintage” Rim is manufactured from 3-plys of hard maple by Bryan Sims, exclusively for Huber Banjos. They are then turned to size and finished at the Huber shop.


In a deviation from the pre war specs, 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 through a cavity in the headstock, just behind the nut.


Our “Workhorse CM-3” model is finished in a light golden brown stain and satin lacquer.  The sides of the resonator and neck are bound in white binding.


Like the storied pre wars which inspired them, the “Workhorse” series banjos have a Presto-style tailpiece installed during final assembly and set up. we feel that the lighter weight of this sort of tailpiece is best suited to the sound he is after, and admires the simplicity of the design. It does the job and looks the part.


Each Huber banjo is shipped in its own plush lined hard shell case. These cases are made especially for Huber and to his specifications. The top lid is arched for superior protection and a comfortable leather handle is installed for ease of transport.


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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5 reviews for Workhorse CM-3 – $3,395

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Bullock

    I researched for at least two years before buying the Workhorse Curly Maple model. Steve was forthright and honest in my dealings with him and answered my questions in a timely manner. Ultimately, it was my sense of this company’s dedication to the timeless sound of Gibson pre-war banjos and the heart and soul they brought to even their more basic models that convinced me to purchase the Workhorse. On a more practical note: The banjo is crisp and rings out with a really fine tone. It is clear and precise up the neck to the 21st fret. It tunes and keeps tune well. I’m not a professional, but I sound like one now. Not sure I should say this, but Gene Parsons (formerly of The Byrds) played my Workhorse and said, “That is one hell of a banjo.” (Note: You can’t really use that in ads, Steve, I’d need to ask GP first.)

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe Morrow

    Although I had played a Workhorse banjo in person once at a festival, I bought this Banjo sight unseen. I have come to trust the quality and consistency of Huber banjos and I wasn’t worried at all that it wouldn’t be a great banjo. I bought this banjo for my backup, but I think I will be playing it a lot more than I thought and not wear out my high end Gibson banjo. I love the quality feel of the Huber and the evenness, power clarity and punch. This banjo has everything you need in a great bluegrass banjo.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Schulle

    As a teacher and 37-year music school owner in Gainesville, Fl., I recently purchased and now use the workhorse every day. A student also purchased one, and Steve is helping another to acquire the workhorse, as everyone is amazed at the sheer beauty of tone and appearance. My other banjo teacher has a Gibson Mastertone, and is equally impressed with my Huber.
    Steve is a super friendly guy to work with, and I am looking forward to visiting the shop to purchase one of his higher end banjos in the near future, although it is hard to imagine a banjo that will sound and play and look even better than the one I have now.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeremy L Porterfield

    When I started looking in to buying a banjo I did some research and came across Huber after looking through their website and watching some videos I knew I was gonna be getting a Huber Steve was a great guy to deal with and I’m very proud to own one of his banjos I love my Workhorse the sound quality and craftsmanship is amazing I look forward to many years of playing it

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn Phelps

    I was recently in the market for a professional quality banjo but wasn’t really sure which way to go. I spent a lot of time on YouTube, reading and comparing banjo reviews & comments, banjo forums and discussions. One thing I noticed right away was that, at some point, the conversations would often turn to Huber Banjos, and what Steve Huber was doing down in Hendersonville to capture and recreate that classic, pre-war banjo sound from the Golden Age of banjo. I wasn’t sure, however, I could drop 5k+ on a banjo, which is why the Huber Workhorse was a perfect fit.

    What an absolute joy it is play! It has a vibrant, crisp ring and full-bodied warmth. The difference between the Workhorse and what I had been playing for years is night and day. The satin finish really brings out the beauty of the curly maple neck and resonator. It’s truly a pleasure to hold and play. This will definitely not be the last Huber I’ll own.

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