Mike V's
Epiphone Deluxe
 WORKPAGE
5-14

Repair resonator
Refret - refinish neck
No rim work




Nice example of Deluxe with issues normal to the design


Celluloid shrinkage on fingerboard and binding
 

Normal plating wear


I will graft in something that is as close as I can get to the original celluloid


Resonator has wood and veneers lifting on both back and sides but I've seen much worse


Frets are orig bar wire and ROUGH AS A COB.
I grated some Romano on them for my Ziti Noodles
 


Board is ON, just shrunken a little


Binding on treble side will be new
 
 

I will use some of this Gibson TB2 overlay, its a shot neck and overlay is cracked so....cannibalize time.


Under the old shellac is more yellow


Getting it as close as I can to the original break profile

Profiled on the edges


Some left now for the next guy, or a Gibson with a flattop :)

That's what's left of the old wire
 It is 2 times wider than normal wire, all new wire will be glued into the board
 


Easy to see the shrinkage here, frets all out


Removing the binding pieces


New piece installed


Shaped and smoothed

NOTE:
Fingerboard is "Cupped" as most all of them are, all this is shrinkage (Look at the center)
I will span the fret over the binding and fill in the gap with cyano, my common method and it works perfectly.
You cannot save these fingerboard any other way unless you make a new one, its best to work around the malady.
 


The slots are super wide when you take in the shrink factor


Filling slots and gluing as I go


All done, ready for markers


3/32 is what it had orig, and that's what Im using
Mike's old eyes can see these better :)


Polished the headstock, leaving all orig finish as is


Old finish off, ready for new


Taking on clear
The back overlay will not get finish, only high polish as it was from factory because it is not crazing as bad as the resonator, which will get refinished
 


Pulling the edge down 2" at a time


All finish off the side, its alot lighter eh?
You can see where I have to pull down on it


All side areas repaired, now for the back


Filling and then pushing with a flat board, then accelerating it.


All sealed and wetsanding the surface, not the paint
You can see where I sealed and scraped the peripheries, that will darken again over time


I'll need a few touch ups on the color, Ill mix some acrylics


Spraying on the clear coats

ASSEMBLY


Rim was never disassembled per Mikes orders.
Banjo is playing very well on low action with smooth frets now.
Resonator is 2 coats away from done
 


Only a little tung oil for the inside of resonator
 
 


And some new felt


FINAL PICS


 


 


 


 


 


 
 
 


 


Thanks for watching,Vinnie