VEGA STYLE S CONVERSION
Banjolin to 19-1/8" scale 22 fret extended Tenor
Style S Banjolin
Vega Style M Tubaphone Extended Tenor Neck
Neck off of Big rim Vega, I will pull this dowel and re-use
the Style S dowel
The Tenor neck will be scaled down from 20 to 19 1/8" so
that bridge will land in an optimum place with the new
The old skin will be discarded and a Renaissance will be
Nice old Style S neck, now available for another project
Style M Neck
Heel already was grafted at the factory, hence the extra
I will pull it off here to do the dowel extraction
After cutting down a bit and finding the top and the back
of the tenon, I'm pushing gently and its coming
STYLE S NECK
Dowel is deeper with no extra laminate so I have removed
wood in the same manner
Dowel is tighter, will soften glue with alky and heat
A little Akly to loosen the glue, it does not swell the tenon
like hot water
Out in a few minutes, no damage
Filling the void
Same on the Style M
You can see one is 1/2 tenon, and the other is 5/8
I will have to build up the hole in the M to use the small
All back together and tenon holes redrilled
S dowel set in M neck and cured
New scale for this neck length will be 19-1/8"
the orig 21" scale would push bridge too far to
tailpiece end, choking tone
And it was made for an 11-13/16" rim, this is 10-1/8"
scale is the answer
You can see where it will land in a normal place at
19" so that I can use a full length tailpiece.
Mocked up with some old #9 inlays for a looksee
This is 20 fret, the new board will have 22
Old board off and leveled for new board
I will fix this original Banjolin HSC because they are hard
to find and it just needs a little TLC
I will glue in some new felt and just patch it up, not
I took off all the old duct tape and sealed the places on
the outside edges that were loose.
Will dye it and shoot it with some clear, will be good for
years to come.
REPAIRS - UPGRADES
Fingerboard - Allen Guitars
19 1/8" scale
That's what I need to land the bridge where I want to on a
smaller rim, so I can use a full length tailpiece without
choking the bridge.
Thanks to Dale Small, for teaching me that trick.
If I'd left the scale at 21, you could barely use a No Knot.
Making it 22 fret extended instead of 19 gives it the
Spacing is close on the high register like a mandolin.
Size makes these Great travel banjos.
It's a tad long, I will trim it :)
Cut to profile
That's right where I wanted to be, close to center
Pulling out some inlay.
I'll go with pretty traditional stuff and a name block in case
someone wants it.
I flipped one of TJ's Vox III 19 fret inlays that
Renee made for us on another project that we did not use.
Will not put any partial frets on the extension nor will I put a
non themed inlay.
Bound in Ivoroid
Starting the cavities
All in, dyeing the peghead
Fretted and new nut fabricated
A light tobacco brown to make the neck / dowel match the rim,
slight fade at heel and peghead
re-blackened the bottom on the rim, added 3 fresh coats clear
I wanted large side markers and the material arrived, that's
Then 2 more clear coats, while I buff the hardware and find a
Markers going in.
Modern 4:1 tuners
New Skin head installed
GHS Strings provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Brass armrest material
Posts soldered on and 1920's Elton brackets for mounting
Backplate made from Maple
3/8 standoffs , nylon
Setup, armrest back from plater
Thanks for watching