Warren
Marketed by Sterling
Serial number is 2
Marked in 3 places
Im guessing this only because there is no data suggesting that there were ever a model 1 or 2, or higher.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Disassembly Pics


After cleaning the major "scum" off with polishing compound, I can now buff it, without smearing.


No heel crack, very straight neck.
No laminate, no truss rod.
Go figure.


Serial number on inside of hoop


Serial number on inside of rim
 

Serial number over dowel cutout


Heavy fingernail gouging, that will be left as patina.
It appears to have been played Classical style.


Dowel end is fitted for rim insertion.


Dowel is solid, not loose


Heavy board dryout, with many chunks missing.
Will require the full cyano/fill treatment


Total devastation of upper 3 blocks.
Those divits are much deeper than they appear.


Overlay in raising, and will be sealed as well
Gouged from washers around ill fitting tuners


Backside OK


Those are claw marks, on the button, from "anchoring" while playing
Who was this "yeti like"banjo playing animal???


5th peg is solid, works OK


Hoop has nice stamped artistry in it


All cleaned and assembled, with a newer calfskin, but still vintage.


All matching hardware, original


very intrcate shoe castings.


I will make this one flush fretted, so I can level whats left of this board, and still use it, as the NICE abalone inlays are thick enough


Sealed, leveled and ready to fret


Ill use celluloid binding, same OD as fret slotting saw

all in, half leveled, ready to stain, and lacquer



ASSEMBLED PICS

 
 


Newer "No Knot" tailpiece


Vintage planet tuners and ivroid buttons
 

Plays very well on Thomastik Flatwounds, but I think I will go to heavy nylon, for even more power.