Wheaton Whyte Laydie No.2
Plectrum to 5 string - Eastman neck and dowel
Good original example, 27" scale
Nice original "Bump case is perfect for conversion
Checking dowel for fit, not bad for a repro , good fit in
the mortise, a tiny bit short, not enought to matter
Neck angle is good, time to glue it
Dowel is more slender than orig, I can add shim wood
down at the tip or leave off
Dowel was roughed up, as was hole before glue
You can see how off center it is, many factory necks are
Looking thru, the front hole is drilled low and off center.
Pre- drilled hole is short, cannot use back plate, must
dowel and re-position hole
Lag drilled to match front hole.
Good angle, now to cure it
Fret sealing/dressing complete
Side Markers added
Replacement dowel stamped "R72927"
Original dowel will ride home in its original neck.
One place most people never see their Vega Serial number is
inside the tone ring
And inside of the shoe band.
Old World numerals, 7s and 2s are no longer formed in
I will strip the shoes off and polish all the metal and
refinish the rim
New head will be installed
Frets and finish compete, next to the Artist getting its
Gotoh's all installed, time to get this rim together
Heel cap is about .015" too long, neck does not want to touch
Extended caps are a caveat anyway, easy to pop one off that
is too long so I will cut it back
Score line, now for carbide cutter
That's better, now to smooth it back up.
The dowel hole drilled from maker is also .030" off, this is
shown with yoke, but without backing plate.
So that has to be plugged and moved forward
One of my paint brushes just became dowel material.
Also, I wqill glue a shim into the collar to make it tighter
on the much slimmer dowel stick end
This device is to keep the dowel from splitting from
expansion when a tight lag bolt is used.
All tight and secured
I replaced the 1 wrong hook set with correct hardware...
...And the incorrect hanger bolt with this correct hardware
Remo Renaissance head furnished by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
D'Angelico Stainless, light gauge.
After nut cutting, being strung to pitch, head tweaked
and constipated I mean....compensated bridge installed
I had one that was nice and thin by design, gives a nice
full tone , real clear.
Bridge placement for frailing is EXC with the Eastman scale
on the 1015 Vega rim
OK, now it is down to final tweaks and off to "The Kingfish"
it will go.
A conversion with an import neck that
goes this well is always welcomed.
Outcome is VG when the neck itself was made at least close
to Vega specs.
They may not be just "Swap outs" but they are OK if you
have the skill or know someone that does, to dial
them on in.
Thanks for watching,