Brad's
Vega Whyte Laydie Conversion
3-12
Initial Pics


Dowel pulled from orig. tenor neck


Orig is a little longer
 
 


The original is also made with a bent tenon so it has way too much angle, I'll have to alter both it and the tenon hole
 


Forstner bit will do the job


Riffling the tenon


Thats a better angle


Heel cap cut flush for WLaydie install


Dry fit, now ready for glue


Glued and set in vise with rim pulling down, thats the position I want it to dry in.


That is a good neck angle to use up to a 5/8" bridge, is my plan
Next to Baby 9" Tubaphone Style S  I am working on

Setting inlay
 


Ready to fret after I add side markers
 

All leveled and polished with fingerboard oiled
Neck is sealed and ready for finish


The new 5 stars will not accept the Ivoroid buttons, this batch is all either machined too tight, or they have changed brands.
 They have to be altered to fit, but I will use some from my own stock that fit correctly without alteration


ASSEMBLY
 


Tuners instalkled, neck set to proper angle


Making a new nut.
Stew Mac 5th string pip is installed


Just a little 0000 steel wool to smooth and satin the back of the neck finish

Strung to pitch and settling in.
Nice warm tone on the calfskin and "No Knot" tailpiece
Really good up by the neck joint.
I believe that it will be settled in and ready to head home in a couple of days.
The Eastman neck was not too difficult to work with and it should give good service
Thanks for watching,Vinnie
 
 


 
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