BANJO FOR SALE
IN SHOP FOR RESTORATION
The Vega Co.
17 fret Tenor
RESTORE TO PLAYER STATUS
Instrument saw some time around some wet area, the case
protected a lot of it while it sacrificed itself.
One shoe was missing and a hole drilled thru rim with a hex
I'll replace that with an original and plug the hole
A few odd hooks and nuts
Heavy rust on the Steel hooks, the brass is showing in
places thru the nickel elsewhere
It will be cleaned, buffed and waxed, all patina will
Nothing I haven't seen many times
Neglect has a familiar face in Banjohaven
I will seal all the delaminations and bindings and refinish
shoes removed from band for cleaning
They are very fragile and must be removed in a special
way or you can see breakage
Below is a pic with a few broken heads glued on my
bench to always remind me, that's 5 in 10 years and
that is when you know the TRICK!
I will get started on the rim
All sealed, ready to dye the bottom
Its nice, the inside of a WL ring comes out easily for
Ready to assemble
I will have to make a couple screws for one that broke and one
that was missing
I take a standard brass screw and cut it to length
Knock the top to the correct thickness, recut the
slot, and take a little from around the outside....
Close enuf, they will be hid for many years if all goes well!
Ready to assemble
After wire wheel to remove all
rust back to bare steel I coated them with Nikolas to retard oxidation
They have mucho patina, but work just
Nuts are worn nickel/brass, polished a bit and sealed
4 coats Mohawk Lacquer on the neck, fine wool on peg head
and heel to satin'ize them
All new bindings and frets and will add side
Now I will level, re-crown and dress them, oil the board
and move on.
fit, all OK
I fitted Grover Deluxe Friction Tuners
They are period to the model and are spring loaded.
The best frictions of the era in my opinion
Now to pop the neck off for a skin installation
I will use a Stern Tannery, 14" medium quality hide
I have taken off some of the surface skin that was loose with
320 grit and am burnishing the head with wax paper to seal the
Setup on GHS string furnished by www.Bedfordbanjoshop.com
Original No Knot 5 string tailpiece
Very cool original Bridge, I have not had one of this
Neck elevation - 1/16, makes for a nice playing area up by the
neck joint and reduces "Slap"
Ready to tune to pitch after the head fully cures
MORE TO COME