WORKPAGE
2016
 
Cristy's Dallas "B" Banjo Uke
Endorsed by George Formby
1920's
Repair to play


Initial Pics









Neck has pronounced forward pull from 5 back to the nut.
Will require planing, new fingerboard, new inlay, new side markers, new frets, new finish


Head appears sturdy, will clean and re-try it


Flanges are all bent, I will flatten them

REPAIRS


Pulling frets, veneer is thin, and dry


Tape helps hold for re-glue. This is only a base board now.


Leveling, its taking from both ends to get closer to level




Will stop there and make the rest up in new laminate and new fingerboard


Clamped overnite


Trimming, profiling


Ready to slot


Using old marks for saw cuts




Going slow, as time permits.
3 frets, side marker, inlay, go forth


Stripped of hand brushed varnish, was not orig.


Old color showing from under plaque


re-tint, new clear

ASSEMBLY


Hardware cleaned, head is holding
Sealed wear spot on side, not all the way thru
Sanded some scum off, looks nicer.




All frets /inlays/side dots, leveled, crowned, polished


Ready for new finish


Tinted and taking on clear

SETUP


New felt in notch, fresh coat of tint inside
New tuner screws, holding pitch well
Board is flat, seems all OK to me
new nut, slotted for nylons






Only use correct screwdriver when tightening
They are friction tuners and at times, need the button screws snugged



Tuned GCEA









Playing well up and down, nice clear tone.
Re-strung with what was on it, (light gauge) seems good for Formby style playing
It's good to save another fallen soldier, especially something to do with a man that had much to do with troop morale in WW2.


Thanks George, and thanks for looking
Vinnie