Stromberg Deluxe "Special"
20 fret Tenor
Circa late 20's, early 30's
Dress frets or
replace if needed.
Refinish neck and install missing rhinestones on peghead
Strip resonator inside of "Salmonella" finish and replace with
original color finish
Clean and wax all hardware
All as it should be inside, nothing altered
Rim prepped then shot with standard reddish brown
None of the taped areas get finish, they are supposed to be
Ready for a head.
I had just a few months back ordered 10-7/8 heads
from Mike Amato at Bedford Banjo Shop knowing someday
Stromberg's would need them.
Still have 2 left!
Rim assembled, neck is next to be prepped for finish and
but first, ...
Sorry Barry, not this time...
Automotive enamel and gray primer, did the job.
Of covering up this
One with contrast
The scratched out one looks like maybe Albert DeBenedict? and
then Basil Stillwell
I will sand most of it out, leave a hint of it that can hide
under the new finish
Now for the back, strip finish and refinish
I will also put in a new nut, this one is cut up pretty good.
Inside resonator completed
This banjo has been refretted several times, slots are shot,
even with tape off, they are just worn plum out.
I will level board, and rebuild slots
After leveling, I have recut slots, and checking depth
Teflon dams, that are sized exactly to fret wire tang width are
used to make glue go only where it is needed
That will be dried, teflon pulled, and then leveled again
Leveling on top completed, ready to clean binding channels
Bound in Ivoroid, ready to profile
Adding frets, over the binding which was left as wide on top
as possible to get maximum playing width.
Fretwork completed, side dots added ,board oiled and polished
Back to adding final clear coats on neck and resonator.
Adding a few stones, I have some original cupped stones to
fill the bill.
And a fancy plaque another pal had made, it will look good
Hardware cleaned of red paint and installed, new felt added
Stringing with DR
Strings and Remo Head furnished by Mike Amato
Bedford Banjo Shop
I will let it settle in, then tune it to pitch
Playing well with low action and nice clear tone
OK, now to meet Barry up at the Eureka Springs Banjo Rally
with it, and we can dial it on in there
The Mountain air should make it Chirp
Thanks for watching