Mark's Vega Whyte Laydie
No re- finish
Clean rim, wax, install new head
Refret with modern banjo wire
Add marker dots
Install new head
Setup to play
Dowel tight, good angle
Modern Closed end tension nuts will be changed, not
right for this banjo, they bottom out on these new hooks.
Whyte Laydie tone ring
Preparing to clean
To get a tight shoe band loose , you take both hands, and
rap it down on the padded bench to jar or "upset" the metal so
it can come free.
Showing where it dropped, the rest you can work off with
Ready to clean with shoes left on
Ready to clean and wax
Some fine wool for the grunge, then wax
This shows me popping it back down onto the rim, a reversal of
New bottom frosted REMO
All to tension, new open end nuts and new hooks
Ready for neck work
Pulling old frets
After slot cleaning, compression fret, Stew Mac 147
Sealing with #10 CA as I go
New wire cut back for fretting over the binding
Will hammer in over the heel.
Remove glue residue
After leveling, re-crowning
Side markers, then it will be fret polishing, fingerboard
Ready to install
Old tailpiece is for loop end, and low down force. Going to
modern down force tailpiece.
Action is good for Guitar banjo played as a strong rhythm
instrument , will tweak it in and cut nut/bridge slots to proper
Everything acting as it should, the big tone of a big rim Vega
is there, ready to work.
Nice easy ball end string loading on this tailpiece.
Next to its big rim No 9 Tubaphone Plectrum Brother.
I will need to do a little work on the case if mark is not going
to spring for a new gig bag
Latches all work, needs glue in all the normal areas for
worn 20s case.
Thanks for looking