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
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
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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