Montana 3 Workpage
Silas will help me on disassembly.
He is a Bacon lover from
I have the proper wrench for these tuners, not many exist.
On Silver Bell, always be sure
when you remove the 4 resonator screws, you must line up the
screw with the hole in the rim or you will break loose the soldered threaded
Look twice, and only screw them in far enough to hold it on.
Ser# on armrest, makers did this
Special "Dino tool" for head
You can see clearly the binding cracking and celluloid shrinkage.
I will pull the frets and seal it all up.
The fingerboard blocks are loose
as they are many times on these models.
Only the fret wires hold them from falling off many times.
This time only the actual
yellow celluloid is coming up, the bottom white base is staying
Clean removal, binding still in place.
When the celluloids shrink, the fret wire ends push thru the
When I seal it all it will still show, but not actually be cracked
This model has a steel bar for truss,
that's a good thing.
You can tell because
laminate is not all the way thru neck, truss plug is showing.
More makers marks "74 Gold"
74 may be the bin # where
it was kept.
If a Silver Bell is missing this part of its tone ring, it sounds
"74" etched here as well
Ser # is here, cannot get a pic to show it clearly
Also in the mute spoon
Rim assembled with Remo non
Cleaned, polished and waxed.
Now back to the neck
GP contact cement will be the adhesive, applied to both the
fingerboard and the bottom side of the blocks.
3 hours in clamps
Cleaned up and ready to fret
Stewmac 147 wire
Clamps cracked the old thin celluloid her on the tail, I will
Got most of it back in, and the rest I am making with #20 Cyano,
Neck finish removed and clear being reapplied, about 4 coats
total after sanding.
Final finish completed and buffed
Fret work completed and polished
Now to find out what tuning and finish the setup.
DR Banjo Strings - Made in U.S.A.
Furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Tailpiece buffed and coated with Nikolas Brass Lacquer
To remove mute spoon:
Untighten that one tension hook and remove spoon
Make sure "Nib" (with the ball in it) is tight on the shaft.
Last thing, add detail to the inlay markers. I used an acrylic
that emulates stained glass. It goes on opaque then becomes
You can see it reddening on the #1 as I do the #2 block
cured and strung to pitch, sounds real good to my ear, plenty
of volume and brightness.
She is ready to get packed to go and make music, I hope the
outcome is pleasing and it has been another fun challenge.
Happy Birthday Blair!