Looks like a seagull crapped in this one!
There is usually a number here, and sometimes the word "gold" as this one has, but I am wondering about the other.
Any ideas Polle?
Inside hardware originally plated gold on this model.
Stripped and ready to go to plater
First I have to modify the attaching holes for newer thumbscrew since these were broken and missing with the exception of 1
Ready to sort of for plating with 2 other jobs
Replaced incorrect screw with repro
Heated with torch and removed all old solder and the one old lug
Polished all corrosion off with 0000 steel wool and gave plate explicit instructions NOT to buff engravings.
BD4, Vega Deluxe, Epi Concert, all heavy hitters
headed for plating!
First coat of detail painting complete on the
neck and overlays.
I will add one more coat, then protect them with clear acrylic
Now to remove the purplish tint from the backplate so that it can match the fingerboard colors.
Going around the edge, sharp razor blades, changing frequently
You can see the dead layer of pyralin and tint coming up
Im not going deep, but it has to be planed off to start over.
There will be no finish used over the celluloid, its in VG shape and only the colored areas will have paint on them
I will stop here, and use fine 1000 and block sand it smooth, but first, the inside
Taking the thick stuff out with razor
residue cleaned with acetone
New gold inside complete
Wetsanding before buffing
Fine compound used
Really nice and shiny now
Ill wash it with soap and water next
Now for the magnifiers...
Cleaning 70 yrs of old paint and dirt from gravings
You can still see original golf leaf in some places, Ill redo that
Floating in the gold leaf acrylic with a plastic squeegee
Then a light scuff to take the residual off..
... and adding new translucent red tint.
I will move around the outside, one section at a time, the process is very time intensive and the attention to this detail will show in the finished product.
Cleaned heel cap gravings, adding gold leaf
Inside gravings all scraped clean and gold
Moving right along with the 1st coat
All of the highlights will have 2 coats of pure clear acrylic over the color.
Still quite a bit to fill in, I like to do sections.
There was the old look just for a mind refresher.
All the detail is painted and ready for protective
That is only applied to the detail and will protect it when I do the final buffing
Flash gives a little glare
No flash shows a nice view of the actual detail, and when clear is on it it will be seen more rich in depth.
Staying between the lines.. a MUST
Adding some protective clear.
It goes on milky but dries clear
Im scraping away the dead oily wood, the sweat penetrated for years on this banjo, there is no telling what year the player wore this finish off, but it was all gone...all of it.
Brushing the crevices, I will re'stiple the relief areas to add back in the contrast
The Stipple tool adds the texture and gives life to the Bas relief
One side fully cleaned and stippled
Wiping on the first coats of clear
it will just suck it right in for a bit, and when its stable I will start with the gun
You can see the freshly stippled and sealed
side vs the before look.
After the sealing is completed, Ill show the fret sequence
Doing the peghead reverse
Ready for clear
Resonator complete ,buffed and waxed
Remo Renesaiannce now installed, setup head removed, and assembly is stored in a box until neck completion
Using a traditional fretwire for this job.
The larger wires make a funny look on Montana's
I will put the final detail coat and clear on the markers at the refret is completed
The fingerboard is polished to a high sheen and will be protected during the neck finish
Clamping in the final fret
Sealing with cyano
After leveling and recrowning, I am working the ends before polishing
Sealer completed, i will add detail to the heel to make the carvings pop out.
Adding some light shading to the relief
After a few coats of clear, a much softer but more detailed appearance.
Now to build some altitude by applying
6 more coats of clear and then we will have a good protection for years
All coats applied and buffed, final clear Acrylic over the Details
Final clear going on the markers, next will be assembly and setup
New 5 star tuners with new Genuine MOP Buttons will make for smooth tuning
Mute actuates OK time to string it to pitch
I'll start with this genuine Bacon bridge
It will need to be at tension a few days and I can tweak it as it settles in, its been a long time since this banjo was an active player.
Tone is nice and bright
Shown next to my 1915 Chas A Stromberg
I have upgraded the rim to accept threaded inserts for better retention.
This banjo presented quite a
challenge in several areas and I would like to think that for a restoration
using almost everything that was original to the banjo, that it came out
I still think it is more challenging by far to restore vs building customs from new and the reward is just as good with the added factor of feelgood you get from stewarding another vintage instrument into the next 100 years.
Thanks for watching