Epiphone B Tenor
Work is back online after the move, in my new shop in Austin
Some cracking in bottom trim and on heel cap.
These are the roughest of all early tuners because of the
straight cut gears.
I will disassemble them for greasing
They are in good shape, just dry.
If another tuner is chosen, the holes can be filled and the
mounting areas smoothed and hidden in the refinish
Typical 1st design rim with heavy flange and arch ring sat atop
of a cast base plate
Oxidation all over to be removed
Ready to pull flange
It is in a recess in the same fashion of a piston ring and will
be removed in like fashion
You have to pull out and over while pushing the back of it to
free from the slot without gouging the wood.
All this dried wood will be sealed in the process.
This banjo was in a very dry clime for many years.
I see banjos from the desert and from up north where the heaters
keep them dry all winter end up like this.
All pulled, all inlays and slots sealed
Stripping many coats of old varnish
Hole in center filled, fresh clear going on now.
Wet sanding between every 2 coats
After all of the degraded plating was removed by sanding from
80# all the way to 600, then machine buffing.
Nikolas Special gold colored lacquer was applied. 3 coats
Rim finish complete ready to assemble.
Oil Dye for the top edge to give contrast in case a clear head
is ran, it looks nicer to me.
Ready for a head.
After finding nicer hooks and cleaning them I added the Nikolas
to shine them some more.
Remo Renaissance head from www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Nikolas for the tuners and small parts
Ready to tension
A few more coats for the resonator, it will be done by
the time my fretwork is completed.
All binding is degraded and must be replaced
Old Logo was degraded as well as covered in several old
There is no way to take off the finish without ruining the logo.
But I have a good friend in Japan that has some made for us,
very nice for these situations.
Installed and ready for finish
Re-sawing the slots for modern wire
Installing the new binding
Ready for frets, Stew Mac 147 wire
Sealing them and the top edge of the binding with #10
After cleaning and steel wool.
ready for markers, Epi used 3/32"
Ready for clear coats
All clear coats applied, ready to assemble
Recrowning-end dressing, wheel polish and steel wool
Ready to set up
New tailpiece is a Repro Oettinger I got for it, in the brass.
Nikolas Lacquer has been applied/
Epis used Oettie's so its not a bad choice and it is the most
I have it on 40-30-20 wound, and a 13 steel for the initial
Very flat neck plane with a steep angle so it runs a very high
Usually you worry about not enough angle, not with this banjo.
That is 21/32 " bridge
Now to fabricate an armrest in brass that will work on this
Resonator to be wet sanded to 1200# and buffed
New Felt and hardware back on
I will use what I have on hand to fabricate an armrest.
A piece of bezel that is the proper diameter, cut to a 120
It will cover this area
Soldering tabs to mount with
Soldering 2 threaded lugs to two hooks.
I will buff the brass, Lacquer it and install.
At least it will give a rest for arm comfort.
This has been a
fun Epi for me, with the First design being my personal
I hope it goes over across the Big Ocean to make merriment in a
manner that is befitting of such a fine axe.
Now for some final tweaking and off she will head to John .
THANKS MR. EPI!
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