Kalamazoo KRB
WORKPAGE
Circa 1920s
3-15
Repair fingerboard divots
Refinish
Replace tuners with vintage tuners
Repair peg head and add new Kalamazoo logo.
Repair resonator lug areas inside










Will use these nice Grover pancakes




Ear was re glued poorly and must be dealt with before refinish
This will remove the old logo




This area is motised out and will be filled



Fully degraded finish will be replaced with Mohawk Classic Nitro






Measuring the Logo for water-slide decal


Ready to strip and repair
















All parts ready for finish



 

Frets pulled,ready to fill divots


Ready to fill divots after a slight leveling


Filled and final leveled



First tint color added, 2 to go


Shadow on peg head as it should be


First tint on rim/reso


After 3rd tint, its all clear from here on out


All color added, nor for more clear
4 more coats to go, will wet sand in between


Starting the re fret with 147 Stewmac


Now for some side markers, 3/32 " white


Curing for final wet sanding


Such an ugly top cut , surely hacked by someone?


Wankered... but will suffice with a brass top
Steel wool only, now I will hand polish to sheen it


Hardware all cleaned up


16 brackets.......pro vs cons, ever discussed on the Hanghout?

Now for the tap tuning





The tongue is out, the tuning is done...




Waiting on MOP



Inlay arrival

Individual pieces, always fun :)


First a sized copy on paper



That's a good close match


The MOP was very close to this.
The pieces have been glued onto an 020 ebony backer board.


Looks good I will trim it close, sand both sides flat, then dye the cavities






Glued onto peghead, ready to scribe periphery.
great MOP cutting job.


Scribed with dentist burr




Cavity routed


Blackening the cavity


Inlay set and leveled


Sealed and clear coats going on


ASSEMBLY





JD's






Due to the design, 1/2 is all this thing will want to run, thats with an 020 shim
You might could crank it back another 020 and get a 9/16 but would lose some heel contact.
Anything else is major heel mods to change angle and height.
It is what it is and plays well at this bridge and action is good.
Like the old non tip on it






Nut spaced as wide as possible for the thinner Kala profile




Camera did not pick up the real beauty here, some lens flares


Ok, ready to come to the Turn in Hearne :)