Special thanks to Craig Evans for sharing this segment from his excellent "Conversations with North American Banjo Builders" series.
CraftsmanshipPatrick “Doc” Huff is a master woodworker who hand builds heirloom-quality, open-back, internal resonator, and tenor banjos for old-time, bluegrass, and traditional musicians. His unique designs honor both the materials he uses and the musicians who play his banjos.
InnovationDoc’s innovative options deliver the tone and effortless playability that discerning players demand. Check out original features like Doc’s Frailing Platform™, Tudor™ and Gothic™ Tone Pots, Cathedral Bridge™, Oxbow Armrest™, Tunneled Hook™, Built-in Tailpiece™, and our Pyramid Stand™.
Our most popular innovations of the past year include our Scalloped Fretboard and Scalloped with Compound Radius fretboards—they now outsell our standard frets. Collectively we call these with scalloped fretboards (with or without radiuses or compound radiused fretboard) our Puncheon Fretboard™ after the half-round log floors of old and the Old Time tune.
New for 2013 is our Doc's Woody Archtop™, Doc's Woody Dobson™, and Doc's Fretboard Wrap™ (the same fretboard wood wrapping over the left side of the heel so it visually looks like the fretboard is “wrapping” around the edge of the platform). And be sure to check out Doc's Bluegrass Banjo. That's right, we can build and fit our neck to your bluegrass pot or build the whole bluegrass banjo, as you like it.
Custom FeaturesWe can build the banjo of your dreams with any kind of custom options. Our custom designs include woods (30 plus different species), scale length, pot size, neck design and dimensions, tuners, our unique innovations, and strings set-up...basically anything you can imagine!
ToneWe can produce a very wide range of banjo tone…all the way from a warm, rich, buttery, balanced tone to a boomer with cooler, penetrating, sharp-edged tone. Listen through our audio gallery to hear some examples. Though our banjos are a pleasure to look at, our top priority is to deliver the warm, rich, well-balanced tone that our banjos have become known for.
GuaranteeWe understand the anxiety that can accompany ordering a new banjo or accessory. You can feel confident ordering from Doc’s Banjos because we offer an unconditional guarantee for the original owner on workmanship, parts, playability, and even tone! We guarantee that you'll love your Doc's Banjo.
PaymentWe accept Paypal for domestic and international orders of accessories. Banjos can be paid with cash or check.
Free ShippingWe offer free domestic shipping for bridges, straps, and other accessories. The cost of shipping banjos varies depending on your location and your preference regarding shipping agency and delivery time. We find that many of our customers prefer an overnight or 2nd day delivery for their banjos, especially during winter. We're happy to make whatever arrangements you request.
FriendsOne the most rewarding aspects of building custom instruments is interacting with the people who we build for. Many customers have become life-long friends.
We look forward to getting to know you!
Visit15195 Ferns Corner Road
Dallas, Oregon 97338