WORKPAGE 2017

1920s Vega Style X No. 9 Tenor
19 Fret
30 bracket-11-13/16 Rim

Restore as needed per customer instructions





Dis-assembly




Strip rim and resonator, care on the celluloid sidewall is needed, keep the stripper off it


Re-dye of the black areas


Re-tint back to the Vintage Amber


Hardware buffed and waxed, rim refinished


REMO white bottom frosted head will give it a nice look and full tone.
Decisions must be made on what we will do on the friction tuners
Leave or change out


Resonator ready for clear
Will start on the neck next


All 3 30 brackets taking on heat and finish




3 big boys take up the whole bench!

FRETTING
Will do 4 Vega's at one time, get in a groove, pun intended.
So if you are watching multiple pages you will see a few repeats.







Frets



Pulling the wire




Dam Building


All binding removed
All of the necks are dried out and need the fret slots rebuilt.
This is Teflon, available from my supply company and it is gauged at the proper thickness for fret slots
So they have all been sawed out with a fretting saw dams inserted and I am adding #10 CA for the filler.
Its added to both sides until full. watching for overflow.
It will wick in all the cracks and seal the teflon in, and then after it cures you slide out the teflon
Basically forming a new slot from Acrylic , to the proper gaude for re-fretting.
It has been in use here over 3 years, and it gives dry old boards a new grip.







After pulling tape, strips, cleaning the glue residue,  I will heat the neck to 120F to soften the glue add my weight and keep it hot until I see some sag


Its the worse from 1-3 fret so Im working here with the Oil Drill bit making everyone wince.
It's done alot of work even after its down hole job, and "re-purposing" is a good thing.
  I may even frack the thing too if I am not careful, who knows!




Ready for the clamps to cool






New binding on, now to get it trimmed up



Adding markers


Slots cleaned and ready for 147 wire


Sealed with #10


Leveling, crowning, polish, end dressing.



Fretwork complete


Cracks sealed, dye applied



Coming up the line.



Peg head reamed for the new tuners
Neck stripped and ready to prep for clear


All of the residue from orig finish on pear wood still needing more than stripper took off.
So its handwork from here All inlay will be cleaned, blackened, sealed and all overlay's will be dyed and refinished after neck re-tint.

All correct,  tint completed taking on final clear coats 


Wet sanding resonator, 2 more coats to go on the neck


POP!


When a brand new REMO head pops under normal tension at the crimp, I suspect a bad batch of epoxy.
It's not often, but in modern times, more often than it used to be.
So we will go Renaissance out of a fresh batch


All seems fine, like that look better anyway :)

FINAL ASSY


I like the way the Amber buttons look on these Gotoh's, and thank Bob Smakula over at http://www.smakula.com/
He keeps a good stock of parts and pieces.



All tightened up


The tailpiece that came on it is missing an adjuster and is a little bent, so I decided to pull a stamped  one from moth balls and gift it onto this banjo.
That way, if Mr W. ever wants to use it as a five string TP, it already has the posts.
They did not drill a center hole in these like presto but you can.
Same 1920s period piece so we are good to go.


Blacking inlay with wax



Time to get a nut in it.


Strung up CGDA on DR's furnished by Bedford Banjo Shop














I will dial in the action after she settles in, and she will be ready to ship out
 The big rim sound in full 19 fret tenor is formidable, yet can be made to play and sound off nice and quiet.
I have always loved these and this is the second in my time, that has had a full 19 fret neck, the other was a Style M  without the fanciness.
It's been a pleasure to have so many 30 brackets at once!

Thanks for watching,Vinnie