Estimate condition and report
This banjo is to be a player, not cosmetically perfect
Top Frosted Head, recommend Renaissance
One lug loose, recommend resolder
Worn frets and fingerboard in 1-5 position
recommend re-fret and oil and clean board, no relevel
Clean all hardware, no replate
This will be the first banjo to get the new "EVO" alloy fret wire.
EVO wire installed and sealing with thin cyano
I can tell alot of difference in the hardness of the wire by just cutting and shaping it and I feel it will give more service than nickel silver
Smoothing the sides
Marking the tops of all new wire before leveling, this shows high and low spots and what each individual fretjob will need
Frets are NEVER level when installed due to a myriad of factors so this is required and you need wire that can be leveled, the EVO is a good choice.
You can always tell a fingerboard is concave and most are that are old ebony...when the metal settles in the center.
Dressing the ends
After polishing and oiling the board a few times, it needed it.
Tung oil for headstock
Old heel break is stable
Tuners working OK
Lots of buckle rash on Resonator back
Added new heel cap, removed all old finishes back to bare wood
Repairing all divots and dings before dye job
Dyeing the overlays with black
I used a Vintage Dark Maple, faded to light in the center
That's only one coat, the birds eye neck needs to be seen in my opinion and this hides the heel good enough.
First coat of new tint
Slight outside fade, not too deep
A few more coats to go
Tore down for hardware polishing and a few coats of clear over orig finish
The typical penciling that its always a mystery.
No one knows if this is a batch number or what.
The old hooksets are the thin ones and are all degraded so I will replace them with modern BD hooksets
All ready to go
German 4:1 tuners with the 9/32 hole size
Nice and smooth
They also use the front spanner nut, looking like the original Planet from the front
After soldering on the lug an polishing the flange, I replaced the 2 incorrect thumbscrews with the BD style
And replaced the incorrect tailpiece screws as well
The extra armrest brackets so I do not forget!
This is a very bright toned Silver Bell, it has alot of cut
There is a slight upbow in the neck but I have the action adjusted and using a 1/2 bridge it has plenty of power.
I think it will be a good banjo for Mike, and we didn't go too far on it.
Now to do the final adjustments
and get it back home to Papa.
Thanks for watching
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