David's Paramount Artcraft Workpage
Restore as per customer's instruction
I Page tuner already changed out, I recommend them
all be replaced with a dependable modern 4:1 tuner or
later model Page.
These are pot metal housings and will break easily, maybe
All correct hardware inside
Havy checked Varnish, will refinish all woodwork
MOP peghead on this Artcraft.
Some fingerboard wear, needs to be addressed and refretted
These Page tuners always break off the collar in the hole,
there is no way around it, they are frozen into place and
I can re-use the buttons on whatever is chosen
Will find a more acceptable replacement armrest screw.
Later model Para with scalloped skirt
Stanchions were not plated gold on this one
The later 1 piece flange
Glued and clamped 24 hrs
Stripping old checked varnish
You can see it flaking, brittle.
Nice laminates hidden under the muck
Pushed out the remaining tuner collars, cleaned, ready for
clear sealer then I will work on heating / fretting
rim is stripped, now the resonator.
I stopped to show the difference in old and new finish
Easy to see how much beauty is hidden by opacity.
I stripped half the back as well, then show some clear to
show the true beauty.
The hardware still has some gold under the old coating but
its super thin and nickel is right under that.
I will get off all of the coating I can with fine wool as
shown here then if there is to be no re-plating, protect
it with fresh brass lacquer.
On the flange there is some Coating/Gold/Copper flash in
the wear areas.
After heat press, compression fretting
Cutting the slots to .202" instead of .023" for max
compression on everything up from 12
Leveled, re-crowned, ends dressed, steel
wool, fingerboard oil
Neck is flat, and now I will build in more rigidity with
More on the plating
Since I could find no one in my search for new platers who
will do any pre-buffing, I bought some wheels and
compounds for that purpose.
I got a nice outcome, And the best I can do with the
equipment I have.
Cleaning all buff compound off with acetone bath
Plater found !
Off to "Reliable" Electroplating in Mass.
It feels good to have plating coming back in again.
Thanks to Reliable for giving me a tryout.
Nice individual packing , sign of attention to detail
"Wedding ring" Gold, very deep looking
Couldn't be more pleased
It is BRIGHT in the shop tonight!
Coranado comes to town.
Anyone needing a
top notch plating job, this will be my "Go to" as long as
they will have me.
Great service, super high quality plating, quick return, and
ALL of the parts returned!
And very competitive pricing, you get your money's worth.
Ask for Karen or Dale
I will keep it all clean with gloves.
Ready for a new Remo head
Will use a clear REMO medium crown furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Now to wet sand and buff resonator
Time to get it all assembled.
REMO 1102M clear head furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Well I am glad that this one has com to a close, we waited
for a plater for quite some time and thanks to Reliable,
we have gotten this one done.
Thanks to Dale and Karen for taking on our work.
Now to get it home and some playing time on it
Thanks for watching,