Commissioning neck and body with serial numbers
Drilling test hole for abalone side dots.
Never test on actual instrument
LOGO installed, clear going over it
Neck stripped of old browned sealer from the maker, new tint and a more natural finish going on now.
Sealer applied and 4 coats Mohawk applied.
2 more and I will wetsand it
Weather is cold, so heat lamps is all I have working for me to keep finish as it should be in its curing phase.
It's more sensitive than banjos.
Going over the fretting, dressing ends, steel wool for the fingerboard
All oiled up, will add some more as I go
Machine buff for the body...
...And the neck, High polish
Cutting the pickguard
Now to shape it on up
Getting the profile just right
I will seal it down before pulling the protective plastic film
Reaming the bridge pin holes
Now the endpin
I cut the bone saddle, now I will install the tuners and bolt the neck on for setup
Roto tuners installed, turn like butter
Tuners courtesy of Bedford Banjo Shop
# 4 , about to be out the Door
The last board oiling , ready to string
GHS strings courtesy of Bedford Banjo Shop
Plays well already, from the onset... sounds VG indeed
Great intonation up the neck, these really are premium axes.
I will tweak the action on down from here, it doesn't need much
This is the conclusion of a 4 year project and the total was 5 guitars
#4 was last only because it was the last of a certain wood selection and I numbered them all when I received them.
Thanks to my builder and to all of the people that supported it along the way
Now to get it home to Larry so he can enjoy it.
Thanks for watching