Fingerboard markers worn and frets are torched
Celluloid shows crazing due to gassing.
Will re-fret and dress up the markers with color.
Someone drilled a 5th peg, and someone else plugged it well
It can only be hidden with a colored finish
Neck finish and rim show signs of being done by Richelieu.
That Yellow color is indicative of a prior resto by them
New finish will be applied after a full strip.
Celluloid on back and rim side wall are not crazed
Celluloid on back overlay is toasted, gassed completely out.
Finishing over celluloid can accelerate this and it appears that has happened
Dowel was added to for some reason.
Richelieu tailpiece, not original.
Hardware is oxidized.
C. Richelieu engraved this one himself.
Ready to begin cleaning
Rim has been "Decked" for whatever reason
It appears that the addition is beveled and goes up inside the ring.
It tried for 30 min with various methods and tone ring will not come off.
So rim will receive no finish on the inside.
It appears that the tone ring inside lip was also shortened.
All cleaned and waxed, new REMO head, bottom frosted
All celluloid blocks are loose, and must be sealed down
One left to seal
Fret slots prepped for modern wire
All frets sealed and ends trimmed, ready for leveling and polishing
Painting the detail
Adding the clear protectant
Removing the finish
Now to get all I can off this overlay so I can do some conservation work
All finish removed, sanded, prepped for sealer
Sealer coat has a "Fish Eye" issue
Thanks again, to all of you that use "Fast Fret" and "Fingerboard Lubes"
This is what you leave a future re-finisher.
Now to go dig out my can of "Fisheye eliminator"
That will form a barrier coat to offset the silicone intrusion.
Have had this since the late 1900's :)
A few drops at a time, it lasts.
After a thin coat with FE Elim, and a coat of clear, scuffed, repeated, I think I am on top of them now.
So its scuff and light coats of clear so that I do not left the barrier with a heavy coat.
Barrier coat and white coat complete
Tint coat and clear coats completed.
I air brushed it to look "Faded" on purpose.
That is more like a celluloid with patina .
Now to wet sand and mount it up.