WORKPAGE 2017
Frank's Vega Tubaphone #3
Plectrum
30 bracket-11-13/16 rim

Restore as needed, per customers instruction


Dis-assembly




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.

FRETTING

FRETTING
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 repeats.







Frets



Pulling the wire




Dam Building


All binding removed
All of the necks are dried out and need the fret slots rebuilt.
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 will sag.


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
Markers added

 
Sealed in with #10


A line of Vega's and a Lonesome Gibson.


Level,Crown, polish, dress ends,


Frets completed


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.



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