Jackie's Gibson TB1
Ball Bearing tone ring
Near original banjo in fair condition
Tailpiece incomplete, missing cover
Plating is fair- recommend cleaning
Board needs dressing then new fret wire
We are going with
Fret slots dry and degraded, no retention.
I will rebuild them now that the old wires are out
Fretting with 147 Stewmac Banjo wire
Sealing with #10 cyano for maximum tonal output, a common
practice on vintage boards.
Batch # 45 stamped in heel
After FON# here
And in the heel recess.
Someone etched in a SSN# I will fill it with #20
black cyano and hide it in the new rim tint
Rim bottom de-lamination sealed, ready for medium brown tint.
Fretwork completed, oiling the board until it is revitalized
Enlarging holes for new 4:1 Gotoh tuners with aged nickel
Tuners will come from www.smakulabanjos.com
Bob is my go to source for good banjo parts.
All peghead edge rebuilt, sealed and now smoothing for re-dye
Fiebigs applied and ready to clean inlay and add clear coats
3 stage tint on neck, Gibson style to "Fancy up" the paint as
The upper tint is on higher end Gibson's of the day and the
upper fade helps hide the filled holes from old tuner screw
Taking on Mohawk Classic Instrument Lacquer and now the colors
are starting to pop.
Rim was cleaned- lightly stained and clear applied, 4 coats.
It should not lose its Patina completely, its a vintage
I will clean up the metalwork whilst the wood takes on
Neck finish complete, waiting on head.
10-1/2 is not common, I spec ordered it
One of the issues it has is that the neck notch is designed
for a low crown skin head and with the Remo, it pulls down to
the bottom of the notch.
This means that it will be jamming tighter and tighter, that
is why the old head was broken on one side.
It was pinched in this neck joint and could no longer be
I have had to relieve this in other brands so the modern head
will do better..
1/8 reduction, chiseling the rest
The "vintage look" nickel tuners will match the old plating
I like the fact Bob carries these now for old restos.
Gotoh is the smoothest modern tuner in my book.
Go here for a look see, and other good things.
Will not use the rudimentary tailpiece with no cover to help
I will use a 20s Waverly and an L bracket like on the Gibson's
that come after this.
The other design is atrocious and I basically fiddled with it
2 hours before saying, "That's it" so I will give Jackie that
This is adjustable, easy to load and gives proper down force
on the bridge
Now a final fret dressing and we will string her up
Leveled , crowned, polished
Last board oiling
Going together with its arch nemesis of the day,
the Vega Whyte Laydie.
DR Strings and Remo Head provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Aged tuners look just right for banjos that have aged
That is just a setup bridge, will refine one from a new blank
This banjo has a slight offset on the rod, that was from
This is what made the old tailpiece and the new one as well
have to "Drift" a little to the treble side to line up the
Setup on new bridge, playing very well with a nice low action.
If you wanted higher you would move to 9/16" bridge
Very good tone, I played it 2 hours which means I liked it!
She is ready to box up and go home.
New cleaning rag from George Banjos, strap, old tailpiece
loaded up in pocket
Getting it secure in the large case, will wipe off the shop
ready to pack up and leave out.
Nice playing banjo
I thank Ms Jackie for her patience .
She suffered thru the "Shop move"!
Thanks for watching, Vinnie