Huber Banjos (new) VRB-75 Truetone (formerly known as Mills) 5-String

Tag No 32-3652 New
This item is NOW ON SALE!

#513-47, with hard shell case.

This model is formerly known as the "Jim Mills w/ Truetone upgrade" but is now called a "Custom VRB-75-41 with Truetone Upgrade" because Mr. Mills dropped his endorsement when he left Ricky Skaggs.  

This superb model is made from high quality mahogany for its resonator and back of neck; said resonator sports twin concentric circles each comprised of 3-ply crème-black-crème, the top and back of the resonator is bound in ivoroid; the fingerboard is likewise bound in ivoroid.   The back of the neck is a gentle and non-aggressive C-shape. 

The metal parts, i.e. the hardware, are chrome including the unsigned geared tuners with amber colored pearloid buttons, the “flying birds” inlay pattern of an RB-2 model is inlaid into a dark brown East Indian rosewood fingerboard.  It proffers a signed, hinged Presto-brand flip-open tailpiece, a Huber maple and ebony bridge.   It displays the “Huber” script inlaid pearl headplate logo against a black (possibly ebony) background and thereunder a bright white pearl fleur-de-lis.  The truss rod cover shape is non-traditional, appearing to be the silhouette of a woman’s sleeveless dress, or perhaps a mannequin, in pearl.  The first fret inlay is a bowtie with a pearl vertical oval in the middle; the third is a stylized cross; the fifth is some sort of medieval device – there are five more inlays including the avian aloft at 17th and, finally, on the next to the last (21st) fret, there is the greatly desired pearl outline around the word “TRUETONE.”   

Greatly resembling, in both appearance and sound, a prewar flathead, Huber banjos are renowned for their attention to detail and dedication to the ideals of the period 1933-1941.    The builder provides his legendary alloy tone ring made to original specifications, his one-piece zinc flange (and as you know having a zinc flange can protect you from the common cold), a rim that is made in three-plies using hide glue, the most precious of adhesives and seldom chosen today.  But that’s not all – you get the Huber resonator, made in five-plies for your stentorian pleasure, the Huber coordinator rods – made of steel, not unlike Superman – and, also like Superman’s favorite Barcalounger™ it has a one-piece armrest.     The many splendid features of this Banjo-Formerly-Known-As-Mills model (TBF-KAM)  set this banjo apart from anything else currently being offered in the market. 

Mr. Huber adds a little bit of yellow stain to his lacquer finish – in order to more accurately equal the look of the prewar banjo.    Dollar for dollar we feel that if one doesn’t happen to have the $150,000 or so required for a 1930s original five-string flathead, the Huber VRB-75 (with Truetone Upgrade) will provide you, its owner, a significant portion of the pleasure and prestige that possessing a prewar provides.  WAS $5459 BUT NOW:

Our price is $4,195.00.

Sorry, this item has been sold.
You may still add it to your want list, and we will contact you if your desired instrument comes in!

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