Banjo came partially disassembled
Fingerboard paintings VGC
Planet tuners, MOP Buttons
Peghead reverse celluloid VGC
Resonator celluloid VGC, very minor delam's
RIM VG some cracking in bottom veneer that will be sealed
Worn Waverly Tailpiece, original gold plate
We do have an Epiphone original that can go in with plating
Probably something inside like electronics did this rash
Good celluloid and nice straight neck, thank you Epi, for steel rods.
Planets with MOPS in VGC
The main hardware is plain, non engraved and never plated or was totally stripped way in the past, because patina is old
Hooksets, thumbscrews, ,tuners, inside parts, all were plated.
You never know what went on but we love speculation seasoned with conjecture and a dash of fact!
One of the screws snapped while installing the trim ring and must be extracted then doweled
This stuff happens daily, you just curse and reverse!
That's the culprit above
Special extractors speed the process
Doweled and ready to redrill
The new gold is nice and bright, proper for an Epiphone
Slight hint of copper, not pinkish or orange, just right
Thanks to Ron Satterfield at NASHVILLE
for some great buffing before the plating.
This is so important in the process
MOP buttons polished
I decided a Renaissance head would add to the look and I prefer the tone.
They were on backorder on my trial setup and came in just in the nick of time
Now when the neck gets its final coats we will set her up
As usual, the celluloid's are shrunken back and the slots are WIDE
They must be sealed into the board.
I always clean, polish and wax the board because the glue can bleed over at times and it doesn't stick as bad if you protect with wax
You just cant push it down into the slots, a little talc powder does the trick, them blow out the slots when you are done waxing
This way all the board cleaning and such is done before frets are in the way
All glued in, Ill remove the tiny excesses now and level/ polish buff the wires
Frets complete, ready to strip the little finish it has left on it
Back to clean Holly on the top part
Now to clean all the carvings out and respray
Ready to spray both necks
I am wicking in water thin cyano into all of the cracks in the laminates
on the back and sides
There is no repair that can be effected that would not ruin vintage celluloid's so all I can do is stabilize it from further shrinkage
It will flow into many areas that cannot be reached with traditional glues
The bottom edge was clamped and sealed and is now buffed to high shine again
Wet sanding the resonator back with 1200 wet before buffing
All sealed and buffed, with 2 coats Renaissance wax
Inside sanded a bit, then a fresh coat of black
I will give it a coat of clear and some new felt ,that will complete the resonator repair
All will be ready when plating returns this week
Adding more clear and touching up a couple of spots on the binding that where it has cracks
Well try as I may, I was was
not able to save the old binding.
What transpired is not uncommon, the celluloid was just not able to take the solvents in the lacquer and reacted in a way that finished it off.
It looked ok on the surface but microscopic crazing was up and down the length.
Sometimes it will not craze but not this time.
Its brittle and thin, and old, such is life.
I am going slow because I have already fretted and sealed so the backside is tight against the fingerboard.
The positive side is I can see places where the fingerboard could use some more sealing to the neck, that cannot be seen until binding is off.
I will clean the lands and install new binding
Reversals are never fun but I prefer to show it so that others see this is no exact science, its how you react, to the reaction.
Curse. then reverse is my way.
Couple that, with gluing yourself
to the new binding.
When it rains it pours.
Anyone that uses hi speed cyano knows that body oil is the fastest accelerant.
1 second...and your done, didn't know the bottle had leaked on me
You think HAHA, but this is no fun to get loose from.
Happens about once in 6 months.
Pull it off, leave all the skin and worse
Cotton swab and acetone, slowly, 30 minutes.
New binding both sides, so they match
Ready for marker dots
Ready for final (I hope) finish
Taping back off for spray work
All celluloid's must be protected
New binding is not affected by finish so no worries
Now that the binding is over and done and final finish added, I've set it up on te Oettinger and it has a problem being too close to armrest and wants to push the strings too far over on the fingerboard.
Its touching and thats not good
We have decided to put what goes on it originally
A Grover 4 hump ,
thats just back from the plater and...I thought I would take a GAMBLE
and install it tonight but... This Dansant continues to throw curves at
... I noticed the A string and G string tuner starting to bind up when I was loosening
This means the plating solution dried out the grease even more than it was and that the gears must get some lube into them.
Penetrant is all that you can get into these tightly sealed housings, here is my method.
Blow torch to get the oil hot and thin, and the housings expanded and I can see the oil bubbling into them
All turning much better, new Tailpiece doing the right job.
This one has been a battle but the outcome looks good and sounds good.
They all cannot be easy, but you cannot surrender in mid stream when the going gets rough.
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