WORKPAGE 2018
Vegaphone Professional Plectrum

Repair as needed to make playable
Refinish wood
Heat neck
Level fingerboard
New Binding and Frets
Clean and wax all hardware

Initial Pics




Disassembly


Hardware in VG condition
Old style closed in nuts, may recommend new hooksets


Shoe removal went well, ready to buff metal




Interesting, the "28" , I have never seen a vega stamp here, and it is the same font, so maybe some inspectors mark, markers mark, but not common.






More makers marks



REPAIRS

Next to Artist rim, ready for refinish


Parts cleaned and ready to buff


Tailpiece has failed, I spotted it when I took it apart



Not worth repairing.
I will source another Presto and re-purpose the top


Removing old finish


Rim and resonator  outside sealed


Hardware cleaned , buffed,waxed


Rim assembled with new Remo bottom frosted head, furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com



I will continue finish on resonator, and begin neck work


Ready to pull frets



Went well, I will seal the slot edges before pulling tape.


Binding off.
The dark spot is not a depression, that is finish wear and sweat
Now for heat, board leveling and then I will start back with the binding when it arrives.
Will lay off on the finish work until the cold snap passes, its 18, and I cannot get the paint room past 60F even with heat so..
"Time Out".


New Binding Frets slots rebuilt, board leveled frets installed.
Ready to level/dress frets




Fretwork complete
Adding side markers




Finish work going on, resonator on left, I chose a solid color to better match the mahogany neck to the maple resonator.


The match is what I was looking for.


ASSEMBLY


Neck buffed and waxed, ready for install






Buffing and waxing of resonator completed



Ready for Setup

FINAL PICS


Setup CGBD on GHS strings
Furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com

FINAL PICS












OK, now its ready to go and make some music, and I thank Frank for all of his support and patience
Thanks for watching,
Vinnie