Mashihiro's
Epiphone Concert Special
2014
5 string conversion
 "The Eddie Adcock"

Mash has come up with another fine series of pics for me from Japan... and I wanted to post thm for the rest of my friends and web visitors.

Now in his own words...
 
 

The heel is carved but in rough way.  It doesn't have back screen carving.
 


Four-petals flowers instead of five of the original carving.
But it can not be converted to five-petal.
 

outlined.  Lacquer still remains.
 


One side is nearly done.
 


dotted.
 


Leaves have been shaped.
 


old fingerboard inlays removed and routed for new ones.
 


additional inlays on peg head set.
 


celluloid squares were glued.
 
 

I didn't like Gibson style shape at the fifth peg area for this neck, so I reshaped to Epiphone style.
 


some lines carved.
 


a ribbon and petals .
 
 


Celluloid engraved.
filled with gold paint.
 


pink flowers had been re-painted to red, later.
new binding.  The fifth peg area reshaped but the binding is not scraped completely, yet.


 
 


filled with gold paint.
 


 

Most of Concert Special have just clear coat on the carving, but some example have painted leaves and petals. I'm not sure they are original or added later.
I followed the painted version.
 
 
 


Without dark background , it looks less attractive.
 
 

This is better.



FINAL PICS

Eddie Adcock's autograph on the head, before he was inserted electrodes in his brain.
 



Adding the second rod

Long nuts were made of 11mm hex brass rod.

 

This protrusion will fit to the hole of the brass end plate.


 

Drilled


 

Tapped


 
 

Brass end plate. The long nut will fit to the small hole. The angled part will sit on the top of the wood rim.
 

set in the plate.


 


 

Now with two rods, the banjo is a little more powerful, bright and resonant,  . . . . . I think.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank you for watching.

Mash
 
 

MASH,
THANKS FOR SHARING WITH THE WORLD !
Glad you enjoyed your trip to New Orleans and meeting "Uncle Barry" Foulon!!

YOUR FRIEND VINNIE