Vegavox IV

Previously owned by Eddie Peabody

Eddie in his early years on Vegavox

REPAIR AS NEEDED TO PLAY - Minimal Restoration


Banjo shows all the signs of the wear associated with professional playing



Neck is straight and level, will benefit from refretting


elevated fingerboard will give good tonal response

Frets worn the length of the board
Divoting is minimal in board compared to the wire wear.
Inlay will have the gravings blackened



Eddie's home address in Tucson

Looks like it first changed hands in '63'





These are the famous printer's error yellow labels, used from October of 1962 to February of 1964:

These really should have been 6 digit numbers



Pulling old wire

Ill be saving that DNA for future usage

Compression fretting with Stew Mac 147 wire

Completed, and inlays darkened, new frets sealed and fingerboard triple oiled

Bad head

All cleaned and waxed

Renaissance head

First one is a defect, too big a crown, double pressed

#2 fits oK
Always check every head for fit, there are many inconsistencies

The head on the left is flared out from the stretcher to the top
Its 10-15/16 in the top, 11" at the bottom

Hard Carnuba to ease the threads

Back to tension


Bud has opted to take what is left of the old gummy finish off of the neck for a refinish
I have learned from experience that when you do this, the painted over  and crazed peghead overlay stands out like a sore thumb so I will refinish it as well.
Not for the faint of heart, you have to know when to stop your surface removal or affect the Boltaron overlay

About 2 hours to  carefully remove peghead finish
Underneath the dark green was blue, so it was painted over at the factory to match the resonator maybe.


Cleaning out the lines

This step will show me ALL the other scratches too!

After fine sanding scratches, adding the ochre


The emerald green and olive green

Gold and the Magenta

Tinting to match the resonator Patina

Good match after a second tint
Shellac over to protect it all.
It does not affect the old Boltaron as a 2 part finish will .

This will be re-yellowed as well

Neck strip underway

No need to get that tint out of the heel, its will be hid again
Got the sweat stains out of the upper neck

Now for some more clear on the neck and Shellac on the truss cover and Peghead overlay

Out in the heat getting soft, Ill work the edge down about 3" at a time
All I can do is glue press, cure and go again, some  areas area little worse than others, some areas have binding issues or missing binding and Ill address them all


I had pretty good success considering.

Now to fix one more missing piece and I will tape off with fine line and shot that whole run of binding in black lacquer

I scuffed off the top layer of scum and added 2 coats of clear.


REMO head and GHS strings
Courtesy of www.bedfordbanjoshop.com

Tailpiece is weak, and previously repaired, needs replacement

Blackened the topside with Fiebig's

MOP nut
Tuned to pitch and playing well up and down the board.


This banjo sounds good and is ready to go for another 50 yrs
Its been a privilege to work on something I know the "Man" really played upon
Thanks Bud, for letting me work with you on this project.

Thanks for watching,