Wheaton's Vegaphone Artist Tenor
Restore as per customer instructions
Good condition overall, replacement armrest
Early model, friction pegs, will change to Gotoh
Resonator has slight dish and wrong screw.
Some inlay and fingerboard wear, graving's
worn, possible re-engraving on a few inlay's.
Medium lift in the neck, needs heat press and compression
fretting, or more, will test the flex.
Presto is stressed due to improper use of
retainer screw. The most worthless screw
People try to use it for down force and its original
design was to use it to touch the rim to steady it.
Problem is when head is pulled, and it is a high crown head,
you pull the head into the screw and then that stresses the
arm on the tailpiece because it is being dragged down onto
the tension hoop.
You can visualize it with
Screw is under the head, head is pulling
the screw down, stressing the arm.
All hardware correct
Good dowel angle, tight glue joint
All of the shoes are loose from whenever it
was disassembled and much of the gold gone from the pieces
and others have been already brought to brass, and a coating
put on them, all needs to go.
My plan would either be full re-plate, very expensive or my
Nikolas gold lacquer treatment and maybe a partial re-plate,
that is up to the "Kingfish"
Surprised none fell off over time
OK. one was still tight!
Taping off, ready to pull frets
Frets and binding removal complete
Heavy wear on board and inlay gravings 1 thru 7
I always seal the heel cap inlay, the Star in the peghead
and the front peghead MOP before doing any fretting
History has proven that when you hammer in the frets over
the heel, the jarring effect can knock any of these out.
Beginning the finish strip
Pear wood cracks in overlays all sealed
Drilled out for ABM tuners
a little #10 around tuner holes to seal pear wood
Time to heat and pull inlay for board work.
I can see that the 17 is broken in several places.
Whoever installed it the first time cracked it , cavity was
Heating them out
All came out Ok except 17
That is glue in 15
Now I am going up and down the board, getting
it softened for pressing
My drill is heavy enough to make the neck drop once it is
hot, and then I will cool it and look it over
Resonator finish stripped
Inside re- finished, all divots in flange lip
repaired and dyed
Tints added, clear coats being
After cleaning, buffing, saving all the gold I
could on the rim parts I will assemble it
The orig flanges are in poor shape and the gold wipes off
them when I clean them so I will use a nice set of nickel
Hooks have very little gold, and it was plated
directly onto the steel so I will go thru my hooks, and pick
out 28 of the nicest nickel ones I have
Renaissance head ready to go on
Aftermarket Vega armrest added, the gold that
is left reflects onto the nickel and gives it a gold
Now back to the neck
I dug around and found most every inlay I needed, so that
they can be used instead of having the others re-graved.
Many times that fails, old MOP that is thin is easily blown
out with the pressure of the graver.
I still need the one that shattered at 17, and
the 15 marker needs a few lines and blackening
I looked around more in my misc inlay drawer and
found pieces and parts that may work on 15.
That is a full 1/2 of another one, and below
some pieces of the old one.
This is a rough look, I think I can shape the
pieces to work, then make a backing for it and insert it
when I am ready.
They serve no mechanical function and many inlays are
setting n banjos looking unbroken, but are.
You get the idea.
Then fix up the 15 and I'll have that ready to go
MORE TO FOLLOW