Convert to 5 string leaving all original
Create Neck faithful to the original tenor neck
FON # 8733-1
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I got my Celluloid's (Which now carry HAZMAT FEES) in from my supplier http://www.axinc.net/ and am pleased with the color and the quality.
There is apparently no one, NO ONE, that produces Grainless Ivoroid in the world today so it will be straight grain all the way down the board instead of just headstock
You have to have on Magnifiers to tell anyway, so its a moot point.
All of the gravings and paintings and strings over it anyway
The custom binding is also great, and that's the backing board which will make up the entire fingerboard
Plenty to work with on the topside
I will have Mr.Ron Coleman make the fingerboard calculations
how thick a fingerboard will go under the celluloid to end up
thickness for his Walnut 5 string neck.
Then he will have Mr.Randall Wyatt cut the board and overlay and truss cover, the the fret slots
I will do the side markers and frets and finish/setup
Ron Raymer will do the engraving and paintings
Like the original, it will be bound in the same color as the fingerboard to stay correct.
WHEN WORKING WITH REAL CELLULOID'S EXTREME CARE MUST BE TAKEN
ANY OVERHEATING BY MACHINE SANDING OR CUTTING BLADES CAN CAUSE FLASH FIRE AND INJURY
Fingerboard returns from Randall Wyatt
Everything looks great, and Ron Coleman has shaped the peghead and truss cover (with a couple extra)
My Wyatt used ebony for the backside of the board.
Now Ron will mount it to the Mahogany neck.
Ready for binding
Binding installed, ready for heel shaping, Next to one of Mr.Coleman's "Outlaw" banjo necks, pretty cool huh?
Joe Spann showed us
when he created and published his
"Spann's Guide to Gibson 1902 - 1941
He identified the original artist responsible for the Florentine, whose name was Neil Keivit.
You can read about him and his time with Gibson as well as a wealth of other Gibson info in Joe's book
Anyone that though they knew all about Gibson has to own this book.
First, a few pics of an original Florentine, to show that the original Kievit etchings are not all that finite.
They are "Artist rendition's " and that is what Mr Raymer will give to us expect with actual scenes from the Florence area, not Venice
Ron's Preliminary sketches
These are the first will be much more detailed when they are
and then they will have full color acrylics to make them stand
The pics below are
backs Ron has done for me on other custom banjos.
"The Captain" and the "Great White North" , the "Magpie", the "Prancing Horse" , The "Arizona".... just to name a few of the creations he has made me look good on.
Ron has never failed to please me when it comes to this type
it is as if he reads my mind.
Maybe he likes "Short Stories" :):)
Visit him at www.raymerstudio.com
Blackening the lines
I'm 100 percent
the effort Ron applied in capturing Mr. Keivit's artistic
carrying it to the next level.
I can't wait to get some frets in it and get this thing on down the road.
OK, now its my turn....
Side markers first, 1/16 black
Now for some protective clearcoats over the paintings
The only finish I use is Mohawk
It also will work over this particular celluloid without
First coat applied
4th and final, I do not want any thicker on the celluloid.
I will go over the binding
Stewmac 147 wire is my choice.
Ready to Pip
Truss cover and nut installed
I played a few Western Swung songs on it as a Tenor to honor Mr.Wren..., then stripped her on down.
I will be using the original co-rods which utilize small 8/32 Lags so I ordered 2 from Siminoff today and will focus on the color
The bottom lags in these original's are "L" shaped, many get snapped when people think they are standard.
Now for a 3 piece heel cap
Profiled and ready for final sanding and clear sealer
This particular Mahogany is going to be too "light" and too "yellow" with plain clear so I will want to darken and redden a tad
I will keep a little of the golden because it is akin to the rim color
The Neck and resonator are darker
My choice was 3 drops pure black aniline, then 3 oz. Reducer-Mohawk Lacquer 50/50 for the tint coat
Now for some clear
This is close to what the resonator and original neck would
like stripped and with new finish.
The old Varnish is darkened, yellowed and slightly opaque so we will leave it here and build on the clear
All frets leveled ,dressed and polished to high shine
Fingerboard buffed and waxed
I will utilize the original Grover 4:1 tuners, they are smooth.
I'll use a quality 5th peg, Waverly 2 band
Also, Im jetting the new button and going with a vintage ivoroid that better matches the originals
I have a VG prewar Grover Patent Presto that is period and correct for this instrument
I'm drilling the center hole so it will accept 5 strings, a common procedure.
No one wants to pay 500 bucks for an original punch!
Grover 1/2" bridge
Strings courtesy of www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
It tuned up nicely, Ill let it settle down tonight and start
Showing off its Bowtie brethren, nice tone on the original skin
Final adjustments done, its playing VG on a low action, perfect intonation up and down the board.
Ok Mr. Wren, I hope I ain't done you wrong!
Well that's it, time to get this thing home to Jim and some
played upon it
I thank him for the opportunity to be a part of this project.
Thanks to Ron Coleman, Randall Wyatt , Ron Raymer,, Mohawk Finishes,Stew Mac, Mike Amato, Axiom
Without good folks like this, my job would be...........looking for someone just like them to make me look good.
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