Dale Small Custom 11.5 Rim Assembly
FQMS PB6 Sparkle Plectrum Neck
This neck has issues, I will have to heat it and work it.
Its never been on any instrument long and has set around
Pulled down with the truss, it is still wacky but I will
get it there
First I need to get it cut to fit this 11.5 rim
It will need to be enlarged in the flange cut to bring it
My inlay saw can cut a little at a time out, until I get
some breathing room on the flange
That size cut is all I needed
I will need to re-position the lags
I will need to add on about this much heel
And it is now up where it needs to be
The fit is very close, will test string it
Not bad, I will need less neck angle so will build the heel
to suit the bridge Gary wants to drive this thing with
The resonator is dark from the old finish choice, but was
light and has wood marquetry that will need to be removed and a
lighter celluloid binding installed
Heel fits OK, so moving on
Working with the neck with heat, it is still too flat
Binding router to cut out the marquetry
That is a tiny bit left, it was set deeper in the sidewall
than I need to remove
Stripped and ready to get its new bindings, on the way
Now that looks like I need a Hazmat suit to open it.
Voila, 380.00 worth of celluloid binding, of which 39.00
is HazMat Fees!....Plus shipping
It is best to save up for a stock order if you can to lessen the
Widening and deepening the channels, for the Axiom made Multi-
I had to modify the router to get to the height and depth needed
You cannot sand the face of this binding more than .005" because
its black line is only a .010" insert
It's critical, or you will lose your line.
Completed, and filed smooth on the facing edges
Now for the bottom, the hard one
The back is angled, so you have to concentrate, to keep
the router at a 90 degree angle when routing
Satisfied as I can be on a used resonator and a hand piece.
Top side glued in place, leaving a channel for the sparkle
#2 installed, block sanded to profile and a sealer coat added
Picked up some stuff locally, to experiment with.
Ended up with a 2 part epoxy, 5 minute, because I am very used
to fast set epoxy.
Mixing in a flake before I mix the 2 parts because you have to
Test piece dried and optically clear, that is what I wanted
First layer in, this is the second tape off, you do not want
this going everywhere and you have to pull tape at the correct
time of set up, not when it dries. Epoxy is all about time
frames, and knowing what you an do each minute.
Second layer all in, now to flatten it with wax paper, it will
peel right off when its cured.
I cant do alot of sanding if I want the top layer of flake to
stay really bright so I do all I can do now, 10 minutes into
the cure its fairly hard, but can still be pressed.
1 hour on, time to pull paper
Now that it is cured, I will clean it off the binding, and
decide on a breaker line for the top of the sparkle.
A 1/32" black pin stripe may be all I can offer up.
That will be what I use for the attempt.
I have some foggy spots on the bottom run, and I have to go
back over a few areas that the epoxy acted weird on.
The bottom is re-done, and the pinstripe added which makes a
nice breaker line.
Now I will go over the top once again, and hope for the same
Very tricky, doing it in a non-traditional manner
There is still MANY steps, and during them, you have to
protect what you do, as you go.
Now the top is done, and pinstripe added
Time to get some clear over it and make it all flat again.
Plenty of block sanding coming up
I can live with that look, by the time the tint coats are on,
it will "pop" like I wanted
The Driller agrees...
A quick look after clear sealer applied
Once I get the heel opening altered, then I can begin with the
shading that will match it all up with the neck.
I start with the honey amber, and bindings were taped off,
then a thin coat of the "Gray" which is merely thinned black.
2 coats of clear .
Now to get the orange in, as
seen on the heel/peg head
That's good for the back
Side tinted orange in the center on both sides, fading to
Another coat of clear, now a final binding cleaning and
another look for any stray sparkle flakes.
That...is a constant source of amusement...
Shown here with the first top coats and the fade on the
Get a quick look, color match is close, better than I had
New felt added, ready to install
Action is low, neck angle is good, relief is set
Bridge is 9/16
If it changes at all due to climate, it would need to be
adjusted for that climate.
Added a little contrast to this shot
It looks more like that, the flash is lightening the pics
OK, case is all cleaned up, it looked like a bottle of wine in
a dusty cellar.
Will get it boxed up and back to Gary, what a long strange
trips its been eh GL?
Dale would have loved that it caused me grief and would scoff
at my efforts.
But that is why he was one of my great friends, he never let
nicety get in the way of reality ! :)
Thanks for watching,Vinnie