(Pictured with his current banjo, a
(The pressure is on)
Gill Quilted Maple Resonator
Cox Rolled Maple rim
Cut for Granada style bindings
Ebony Fingerboard, that will have ACCUTONE inlay
Rim by Jimmy Cox, Rolled Maple
That hardware is not part of this project, but the rim is
Nice FQMS Stage 4 flamed maple blank in foreground, that I have chosen to matches Rob's Resonator grain.
Along with 2 others in the process
First coats of sealer after staining
Serial # stamped under tone ring
Taking on a little clear, before I bind the resonator
I have gotten two necks profiled and the one in the rear will be Rob's
The striping is broader which I want with this resonator
Fingerboards installed and slotted, ready for inlay
Binding channels have already been routed
fully adjustable Truss rod installed
After adding the binding, it is time to clean the newly installed "Granada" style bindings
Ready to start adding clear over the sealer
And since its a plectrum, its a LONG climb!
Rob would have to stop three times just for drinks :)
But when you get to the top, the view is AWESOME!!!
I think he did a top flite job, and I will be pressed on the stain work LOL
Now the neck is up with Dave at Custom
Inlay, and he is scratchin' his head, trying to figure
out just what
inlay pattern goes with it, and I told him "You are the custom
So we will see what he adds to this very unique Accutone.
Ok, lets put some fretwire in
Stewmac 147, look it up
Always use alcohol to wipe fretwire down, it still has oodles of machine oil from the mfg process
And super glue if needed, will stick to anything but grease.
And now Rob, Dave's strategically placed flowers as fret markers can better be seen.
And I get to sweat bullets while I final cut the inlay and complete the fret slot
Increasingly larger bullets as I near the ivory
5:43 am, the witching hour....... as I am still working not just getting up!
You have no idea the pressure,
Dave with a hand cut fret saw.
I'll bet he WINCES when he sees this :)
I guess nerves of steel from fighting Oil well blowouts helps here.
As does coffee, and more coffee
Ok, she survived the first surgery!
Almost to where they cannot be set by the hand press, I will change methods.........
Here you can see all the important fret markers were implemented
As Rob would say
Its nap time, I made it this far, I had to, Rob pumped me up, as did Dave's efforts.
Frets all in, and ends filed
I'm glad that part is over, now for the next episode of "Pressure Island" :)
Ok lets get to binding this thing.
I am using 3 part binding, in the Granada style to match the resonator
A thin strip of White and black have been sealed together, and installed first
Let it set and then I install a white binding that will extend to the top of fingerboard, it is taller, so must be cut down.
After it dries, I will profile it.
Taking the excess off the sides
Taking the tops down,...steady as she goes...............
Stop when you hear metal :)
Final profiling with razor, I will allow binding to stand tall against fret tips in the late Gibson style
ready for final sanding smoothing
Now for the other side
Its fun, not scuffing into the fingerboard is "the rule" so wear magnifiers!
Ready for side markers
Making the heel cap.
I had some thin Black/white in squares, so I decided to lay one white side down and meet the blacks in the center
Staying with the binding theme and using up free plastic!
They get scuffed so the glues bite in
Ready to trim
Other " personal touches ".An MOP engraved "Accutone truss cover"
An engraved plaque for the inside of the banjo and..........
I wanted to personalized it in this manner, discreetly.
Logo plate lends dignity
Nice fit on tone ring, not too tight
Flange is landing as it should, thats a clear head, lets get some hook sets on it and get this tone ring seating in.
I will cover it up, and let it "sleep" while I get back on the neck and resonator
Just checking fit, for now
So as long as we are "Mocking up" lets look a little more into its future :).....
And a look with the resonator on
heel cut in it will be next....and now a look with the neck stuck up top.........
Reso is not closed up, no heel cut yet but now you can get a look Rob.