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2014 Doc Huff Soprano Wenge, Padouk, Bilinga, Bubinga/Dyed Skin
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Doc's Banjos
Product Year
2014
Model
Soprano
Serial #
227
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4806
Condition
Mint Doc's Frailing Platform with Scoop, Doc's Woody Archtop, Built-in Tailpiece, Frailer's Tension Hoop, Custom Dyed Skin Head on Pot
Body Type(s)
Banjo
Back & Sides
Wenge/Padouk/Bilinga, Bubinga
Top
Skin - Dyed
Neck Wood
Bubinga - 5 Piece
Bridge
Cocobolo, Bilinga, Bubinga
Top Trim
None
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
15
Headplate
Wenge
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Brass - Aged
Tuners
Gotoh
Tuner Finish
Brass with Amber Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
10.5 in
Upper Bout
10.5 in
Lower Bout
0 in
Body Depth Heel
2.875 in
Body Depth Tail
2.875 in
Scale Length
24 in
Scale Length (mm)
609.6 mm
Nut Width
1.38 in
Nut Width (mm)
35.1 mm
String Spacing
1.69 in
String Spacing (mm)
42.9 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Softshell - Access
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Description

For years, Patrick "Doc" Huff has been blazing the trail of innovation with his banjos. Number 227 is a Soprano Banjo, named "Georgina" by Doc's daughter, and comes fully loaded with everything that makes Doc's banjos unique. The scalloped and compound radiused fretboard (with bronze frets) gives the player ultimate control over their style: one can at once play "Georgina" like a regular fretted banjo, or play by sliding along the fretboard like a fretless banjo, which results in a smooth, gliding change in pitch. Add to that two of Doc's other specialties--the "Frailer's Tension Hoop" (which has a relief notched in the hoop to allow easy frailing) and his "Frailing Platform" (which allows the player to comfortably frail to their heart's content)--and you find yourself in the presence of a banjo unlike any other. Not one to rest on his laurels, Doc has also built the neck and pot out of a combination of exotic tonewoods: Wenge, Padouk, Bilinga, Bubinga. The resultant tone is warm and full with great sustain for such a small banjo. Lastly, Doc handcarves the heels on each banjo, and this one features his trademark scalloping, which looks organic, like curving roots or a rockface. This banjo comes with an Access softshell case.

I got this banjo straight from Doc himself, and have loved it since day one. I hate to part with it, because what other scallop-fretted banjo am I going to find that plays so smoothly and richly in Mountain Modal Tuning? This is practically an heirloom piece already.
 
I've only seen one other instrument similar to this one and I own it. It's so nice to have this kind of tone in a nylon string soprano banjo. I can see this coming in handy for many uses from playing solo to adding a texture in a mix. The carving on the neck and bridge make it a work of art as well as a fine instrument.
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SCALE LENGTH 24 in
NUT WIDTH 1.38 in
STRING SPACING 1.69 in
WOODS SKIN - DYED,
WENGE/PADOUK/BILINGA, BUBINGA

For years, Patrick "Doc" Huff has been blazing the trail of innovation with his banjos. Number 227 is a Soprano Banjo, named "Georgina" by Doc's daughter, and comes fully loaded with everything that makes Doc's banjos unique.
 

I got this banjo straight from Doc himself, and have loved it since day one. I hate to part with it, because what other scallop-fretted banjo am I going to find that plays so smoothly and richly in Mountain Modal Tuning?
 
I've only seen one other instrument similar to this one and I own it. It's so nice to have this kind of tone in a nylon string soprano banjo.
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