Frank's Vega Tubaphone #3
30 bracket-11-13/16 rim
Restore as needed, per customers instruction
After stripping, ready to dye bottom and add clear
After stripping the resonator, re-tint with Vintage Maple, clear
coats going on rim and resonator (hanging)
Plating has quite a bit of degradation.
After buffing , some of the metal will go in for plating.
Will do 4 Vega's at one time, get in a groove, pun intended.
So if you are watching multiple pages you will see a few
Pulling the wire
All binding removed
All of the necks are dried out and need the fret slots
This is Teflon, available from my supply company and it is
gauged at the proper thickness for fret slots
So they have all been sawed out with a fretting saw dams
inserted and I am adding #10 CA for the filler.
Its added to both sides until full. watching for overflow.
It will wick in all the cracks and seal the teflon in, and
then after it cures you slide out the teflon
Basically forming a new slot from Acrylic , to the proper
gaude for re-fretting.
It has been in use here over 3 years, and it gives dry old
boards a new grip.
After pulling strips, getting the residue from the tape off
Will use my fret leveler to knock down the glue peaks
Storing my trips for another use, they are good for maybe
three times if you treat them right
I will clean out the slots and then press it
Heat, and my smallest Drill bit (Oil Well ,I mean)
Its my go to weight for neck bending
I can move it around until it does what I want where I want
This neck is level so Im hanging it level
Getting the heat up, I'll stop about 105 then hit it from the
bottom with my heat gun on high, bring it to about 120 and it
Need a little up the neck
Now to cool it in the clamps a few hours before binding it.
Bound, up with a few more, now for The Capitano's No.3,
heated and in the clamps
Plating ready to go to Reliable
Only what is on the left will head in, some is still OK, and
we will not be using these tuners.
Compression fretted to the top
Sealed in with #10
A line of Vega's and a Lonesome Gibson.
Level,Crown, polish, dress ends,
All cracks in overlay sealed
Black dye applied
Sealed up, taking on fresh finish
Stopped to ream tuners holes for Geared set.
Last coats on all these, now for curing.
Trying the latest in block sanding, Kovax Tolecut
Its a dry sanding paper and comes in precut piecs for
the rubber block
I will use the 800 to start
I did only one section with one piece and then buffed it on the
machine, you can see the flat appearance on the center section
That was only to 800, it goes to 3000
I think it will be great for spot leveling, and in the larger
sheets, production finish sanding
Thanks TJ, for turning me on to some of it.
Plating returned from Reliable, looking really nice
Waiting on a new head and hook set
New Gotoh tuners arrived
I'll buff the neck and get them installed.
Getting everything dialed in, settled in.
Playing well up and down the board, still tweaking it in.
Ok, she will be ready to go home soon.
Love working on the big Vega's and anyone that has not played
one, has missed out.
Thanks for watching,Vinnie
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