Ibanez / Gibson TB to RB
Conversion neck by Ron
The 800 neck is at the bottom, the other is a nice
RB3 neck Ron and Clifford made for us.
Artist rim with 20s TB3
Basically the same look as
RB 800 marquetry
Neck fretted and ready for finish
We will need a gold 5th peg and a case to fit it for return
The metric hooksets and Ibanez nuts help ID the rim
Engraving is also not the same as
See the neck touch the head.
Ron got very close using RB800
This head is maxed out and the
new neck cannot fit at the heel
I will have to relieve a little of the tube cut
About that much
The repro sticker is shot, I have
some NOS ones that are just as old, and I hope they will still work.
Rim cleaned , old sticker off
In my Gibson logo stash
Even with utmost care the old
stock is brittle and a little fell off the edge, no big deal,
matches the patina of the rim and better than the other one.
Ok, now it will fit the rim so
the scary part is over
So my French friend can breathe again.
Someday I will open this bottle T-bone.....but not now :)
I want it aged to perfection.
Lags fitted and neck fitted to
The heel cut is proper and looks
Alignment and elevation where it needs to be.
Truss cover fitted, fifth string
pip installed, nut
5 star 5th string peg
arrived today, so I will ream the neck to fit.
Good to go
Some identifying marks for
A thief would not know the meaning
Clear coat to seal, now for the tint
I like that, now for the fade.
I like that, so now I will see if
my friend Tbone wants the resonator refinished or just left as
I will be adding clear in the mean time.
All back together and ready to
setup on DR strings furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Filing in the nut slots.
I found a spare tuner of the same style
I will place in the case for a spare, you never know when "Bone"
will need it.
The neck has a steep angle and
will accept all the way up to this 21/32" bridge with ease.
Plenty of downforce,
it has a clean driving
I have taken fine wool to make
the finish more satin in some areas, to match the older look of
the rim assembly
I will let it set under tension
for a few days to give the neck time to settle in and then do my
final adjustments on the truss and check all of the frets.
I swapped out the old tenor case
for a 70s Saga Case,
still in good condition.
I will wipe the shop dust off it and get it packed
Thanks T-bone, always a pleasure
working with you and thanks for watching,