1920s Vega Style X No. 9 Tenor
30 bracket-11-13/16 Rim
Restore as needed per customer instructions
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
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!
Will do 4 Vega's at one time, get in a groove, pun
So if you are watching multiple pages you will see a few
Pulling the wire
All binding removed
All of the necks are dried out and need the fret slots
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,
Ready for the clamps to cool
New binding on, now to get it trimmed up
Slots cleaned and ready for 147 wire
Sealed with #10
Leveling, crowning, polish, end dressing.
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
Wet sanding resonator, 2 more coats to go on the neck
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 :)
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
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
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!