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Mark's Vega Whyte Laydie
Guitar Banjo

Minor restoration
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 your fingers


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 removal


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


End nipping


New wire cut back for fretting over the binding



Will hammer in over the heel.


Remove glue residue


End filing




After leveling, re-crowning


End dressing


Side markers, then it will be fret polishing, fingerboard oiling.


Ready to install

SETUP


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 gauges



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.



FINAL PICS











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
Vinnie