Heavy 40 yr. old 3/4 rolled maple rim
Simple head bearing, 11"
Grooved 1920s Bacon tension hoop and hooksets
Gibson KK11 19 fret tenor neck
Single co-rod, /upper lag
my plan is to make a nice ITM (Irish) banjo that has the look of the homeland.
blackened the bottom and top
The "IT" is now official
Drill outs on the bottom, for Greenish Abalone dots
Installed and taking on clear coats
Im taking off a little more wood in the sidewall so I can use an ivoroid binding flush by the head
Binding glued in and sanded flush
Abalone dots set in rim bottom
KK11 neck is nice and straight, I will pop the overlay off peghead and make my own
red dots on markers changed to green during the refret
ready for overlay
Veneered dyed, sealed.... ready for new holes and a peghead theme
First tint coat
Ochre Acrylic for the pin striping
Man, I got that "Green thumb" for sure!
Fingerboard fade on the edge like an 11, and I took my
fine wool and cleaned off the centers, I like the look
Still thinking on inlay or painted scenes
Found a good Co-rod for the job and lagged the neck, drilled the rim and bolted her up.
Nice geared tuners, new bone nut
I will either add small emerald stones in the old tuner screw filled holes, or if I have Ron Raymer paint it up with an Irish theme I will hide them in that manner.
These are not the final clear coats and I can protect any artwork with the final 4 clear coats as per usual when working with Ron's painting's.
I have made maple blocks and radiused them, to take up the places where a flange would be for the Gibson style cut of the heel.
Im not willing to ruin the Gibson heel cut, I may want to use the neck on another project if no one buys it, and these work perfectly top gain full heel contact.
If I finalize it with custom art I will make them permanent and hide the addition in normal fashion.
Strung to pitch on these gauges
GHS, purchased at www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Simple downforce tailpiece making for a good footprint onto the new skin head.
Nice and warm, with good bite when playing up by the bridge
Medium high action at 5/8, can go to low at 9/16, ultra low at 1/2"
Will experiment during the tweaking stages and while I work on the resonator back.
A Vega Armrest will fit this hook spacing, so that is coming too.
I decided I wanted a close fit that would setup on Stanchions, so I jigsawed the periphery of that sidewall
Bound in Ivoroid
Tinted to match
Now to make the stanchions and get my finish washers and fancy screws out.
Fine line tape to mark my drill spots
Wood screw pilot for the countersunk screws
3/8" stanchions from aluminum tubing
That will give the standoff I wish for
Now I will take it back down to do the final work that is temp'ed, add 2 more coats clear, then send it off to Mr. Raymer for Artwork.
I feel the banjo looks and plays well enough to carry it forward.
I will be talking to people about gold plating vs nickel in the interim.
We have a plan in motion.
Filling the flange relief that was required for Gibson and adding 1/4" to length of fingerboard to adjust the scale and land the bridge 1/8 closer to center.
You can see fresh finish removal and say"why have any finish on it in the first place"
Sometimes when I create, I like to see how things will look first because the minds eye is my only "greenprint" :)
Its a prototype, not some decided upon finished product.
All ready for a top cap
I added onto the end with celluloid from a 30s Trujo
Color match not important
Adding 2 small binding strip tips I will fade in later
New heel fitted to rim, action will be adjustable
Starting tint on final fret block top
All wood added, stained and shaped to profile and painted
taking on some clear
New tiger maple heel cap added for style
Full color now on all the wood , last coat of clear until Artwork is applied
Once the clear coats star building on the acrylic, it should really "Pop" with color.
Im so pleased with the outcome.
I can't wait for it to get here so I can get to work on the final finish
After about 10 coats of Mohawk it will get a deep look about it.
And when the metal gets on the rim to break up the color, that's when it will begin to look like the whole package
To see many more projects Ron and I have worked together
Paintwork done, ready to go together
Armrest, Gibson Style, thru mounted into rim
Ready to string up
Strings and Remo Renaissance Head from Mike Amato
Playing well up and down with a nice action on 5/8" bridge
Plenty of downforce from the window style tailpiece
Will let it settle in and dial in the setup
Cheers, and thanks for watching my crazy project!