Bruce O'Neil's
Custom Silver Bell Workpage


7-13



Replace head with Renaissance
Elevate fingerboard
Correct misalignment (Neck is canted)
Add Strap Brackets
Repair broken reso nator lug
Setup to play with tall Farquhar bridge and low action
 

Custom 22 fret short scale, by Jim Stull
You can see the strings riding too far to treble, I will correct this once and for all



The custom scale on this instrument makes it a long neck Tenor.
The fingerboard at 17" is longer than standard Silver Bell Tenor but not as long as Plectrum


Shown next to standard 19 fret Silver Bell
 


15-5/8 " long


 And next to  Silver Bell Plectrum
So by compressing the scale and lengthening the board, you can get CGDA tuning and 22 frets
 


Anyone that does any kind of funi warp on a string other than a standard over/under gets charged 20.00 as a penalty.
This is not the Dark Ages
I hear all the reasoning behind it, but if I listen, that will be another 20 :)
 


The front mortise is large, and when I reset the neck Ill block it with a SHIM, which will hold the dowel to the side I wish, to help recant the neck


The heel cut is slightly off Radius and I will remake that area to have a better contact and curvature
 


All parts will be cleaned and waxed


Wood to be cleaned and waxed


24000 series Silver Bell III was the original rim assy designation
 


Lug to be resoldered


All snug


Flange fit is poor, that will be corrected with SHIMWOOD glued to the rim
Many times on instruments there is a need for shimming
Anyone that has a problem with that, has a problem understanding that any precise machinery has shims all thru it, that is what makes up poor tolerances built into the production process.


Parts cleaned, ready to wax

As soon as my order of heads arrive, it will get a Renaissance
 


The back has checking in the finsh, and should have a scuffing, and an additional 3 coats of protection


Rim will stay clean until I get the backplate dealt  with
 


I'll add in a piece of black where its missing


Backplate needs one more coat and then Ill re-buff it


Peghead reverse has checking in the finish, you can see some of the lines but it will not photo well
I will scuff this and add finish
I was told this was a #1 working banjo and was to be protected in areas I saw affected by wear or the elements so Im only doing spot repairs to save $.
This is a real working Musician on Bourbon St (and plenty others) so it has to tow the line.
 



MORE TO COME