Herschel Fenton advertised and
sold banjos marked "Electric" circa 1890. Very different from Fairbanks,
probably made by Buckbee.
Clean and polish and wax all metalwork
Find suitable replacement for 1 missing hookset
Neck has some lift, and fingerboard extension has lift and cup in its center
There is some glue loss up on this end, I will think more on this .
Frets are loose, all need sealing and leveling
Ends will be shaved and smoothed due to ebony shrinkage
Lag bolt is broken and still in the dowel
More on this later
Interesting copper tailpiece
Listed on Mike Holmes great webpage
Pearwood fingerboard, munute cracking, needs sealing
SERIAL NUMBER PLACEMENTS
That is a very clear stamped 1, the glare for the flash made it fuzzy
Rim Machine buffed, polished and waxed
Shoes and screws polished, screw washers flipped over to the good side
Cleaning somne old scum from Vellum
I found a nut very close to this style, and will rethread it to fit a modern hook I have
All other hardware cleaned up and ready
Now to talk to Karl about the neck and how far were should take it.
It has the makings of a good player with some work.
Marking the wires before leveling
Sealing the frets before leveling
Sealing the cracks in the fingerboard
Ill have to remarker the wires my hand rubbed it off
You can see where the file hits and what is low, this looks common for hammered in frets that were never leveled
The extension is now lower as you can see by no indicator marks being scored with the file, Ill have to work them separate
One really high wire at the extension, but coming along now on it and you can see one that hasnt even been touched yet.
Frets leveled, recrowned, polished, fingerboard oiled and polished.
The broken lag can be seen here and i see one plan of attack
I propose to cut the broken stud from the lug, drill and tap it for a new lag bolt.
I propose to cut into the topside of the dowel remove the broken stud, replace the wood that is removed and not try and mask the repair so that others can see what took place.
This is up under the head and will not be seen.
Cut down, now to pry it out and add new wood
Wood added and profile cut to the tip 1" repair area dyed black
After tapping as best I could, Im threading for a new stuf
Soldered in, i do not plan to make it have too much tension it goes far enough up into the dowel and string tension will hold it in solid.
Aquila Classical Banjo, tuned to A
Excellent tone and playabilty
A pleasure to have had the opportunity to make it live again.
Thanks for watching,