11-3/4 30 bracket Deluxe rim
Vegaphone Professional neck with matching numbers and LONG dowel
23" scale (Gives near to center bridge placement)
Resonator missing, shows signs of original attachment
Planet Tuners, Pearl Buttons
Long heel cap
Original tailpiece, replated
Rene'e helped me out on this job by dressing up the old Deluxe neck with new inlay engraving where needed, replace broken inlay and binding, dressed fingerboard and polished to high shine.
She also did a binding job and abalone trim on the small rim in the picture for another Deluxe.
It will be great getting this fine work all fretted and finished and back on the banjo.
You can Visit Renee's website here
That's some fine work, now I hope I don't screw it up putting mine on top of it!
Will blacken the overlay next
Tint added and clear being applied
Will clean and strip old finish from rim and brass lacquer from the hardware
One taped in, We may never know why!
You can see this is not plating, it is brass instrument Lacquer
I have the same stuff, it basically never changes
Its what Trumpets and Sax's, etc., wear over either raw brass or plated brass
Ready to fine wool, and then Acetone wash
Washing off the old stuff, notice its color
One MOP button has a big chip, Ill see if TD has one to use or if I need to replace it
Nikolas, since the 1800's...
This is old school acetyl based lacquer that bites onto metal.
You can see the tinge is the same as on the rag, what was wiped off.
3 coats, a nice golden tinge again
Starting to finish the rim
I'll make a new one
New brass screw, extraction successful on the old dutchman
Screw cut down and head made flat, it will do the job and its hidden anyway
3 coats of the Nikolas
Its not plating, but its clean and as it ages it will be more golden
Ready to fret and install dowel
Stew Mac #147 wire will be used
I will only need a slight leveling on this nice flat board
Taking the edges off, with my Grandfather's fret end file.
It is all I have ever used on any fret jog edge filing and it never dulls.
Recrowning, diamond file
Edge rounding file, with a burr removal side
A must have, for smooth ends
1200 grit polish, then 0000 fine wool
Behlen's Hide glue for the dowel, overnight set
Neck attached, but not tight for now, checking fit with dowel glued AOK
Adding new Vintage button
Now I will buff only the buttons on my big buffer, they will all SHINE like new
This neck is made different than the orig and fingerboard is shorter, doesn't touch hoop
I'll make up that with a black shim wood and that will keep it flush
All tightened up OK
Now I will flip it and polish the fingerboard, frets and string her on up
MORE TO COME