Work Page 2018
St Louis Band-jos Youth band
Repair donation banjos to student player
Mr. Don Dempsey and Mr. Joe Feager have
commissioned me to do some fresh setups and address what
issues we can.
The main thing is a nice playable instrument, wiped up and
ready for a student .
They range from plain open back 17 fret to 19 fret resonator
To stay on budget we keep pics to a minimum, implement used
parts, donated parts, and some new or used heads, bridges,
All will have side markers and geared tuners as well.
They do not have to be beautiful but they do have to
Thanks to those that donate time and material, and thanks to
Don Dempsey and Joe Feager for doing what he has done for
many years, keep the 4 string banjo alive.
Ginny would be proud.
No name, has some Bacon attributes.
17 fret open back
with added Elton resonator
Geared tuners, WaverlyTailpiece
The neck is bad, many issues, pear wood extremely degraded,
has a back bow.
Shrunken binding, wood nut broken, friction tuners.
Delanination down the center seam from top to bottom
The plan is go through my storage and find a suitable neck
that is worth going through.
The rim is VG and has a tone ring.
Ordered new head, 10-3/4
Ordered new geared tuners
More to follow
Bacon Style C
17 fret open back
Even though it says "fix and sell" this is a VG example,
better than Banjo #1 by far, so it has been put into the
Style C is a solid platform and will haul the mail with a
It will get a fresh coat of lacquer, frets dressed, side
markers, armrest, tailpiece, geared tuners
Drilled for geared tuners,Frets done, board oiled, adding
the markers next
I will get all matching nickel hooks and nuts from
Ready for fresh lacquer
BD Peerless neck, 19 fret
Lexan resonator back plate
1900s spunover rim assembly
Geared tuners, Clamshell tailpiece, Gibson style armrest
Under the back plate, thats not good news as far as making
this a student instrument
The spunover cannot handle the tension at CGDA
The neck is VG
I will find another rim here and swap the neck on to it and
either leave it open back or find something that will suffice
as a resonator.
The neck will also get finish since its stripped
Combining #1 and
The neck and hook sets and tension hoop and tuners with
be used off of the #1, and the #3 neck is being fitted
That went well, and has the right angle and plane of elevation
over the head.
After the 3 coat production lacquer and tuners installed
I will pull the hooks from the spun over and use them
Tension hoop gap is too small, I will open that up and go
That is all fitted properly, I will pull it back down and do
the fretwork next.
Fabbed a Gibson armrest base to fit this config.
Adjustable tailpiece new bridge
17 fret openback
This banjo was one I had here as a project
I will fix it up to replace some donations that were not
in any condition or too inferior to make into a good student
I will part out those donations to help cover costs on things
we need and re-purpose what I can
I will work on the fingerboard, dress frets add side dots,
repair binding, new nut, Bart bridge fresh neck finish
Clean rim assembly, add geared tuners, (tailpiece,
armrest-from Banjo #3) , re-purpose Fskyn II head
20 fret tenor
Setup on orig head. dressed frets and sealed ends, adjusted
truss, head, neck angle , cleaned, oiled fboard, setup
20 fret tenor
orig head. dressed frets and sealed ends, adjusted
truss, head, neck angle , cleaned, oiled fboard ,setup
Gibson TB4 Trap door
I will add the proper tine to this brown, to bring it to
reddish brown to match the instruments original look
Added armrest, replaced bridge, cleaned and waxed, added
armrest, added side dots (last)
Added armrest, tailpiece, bridge,cleaned and waxed
Added side dots (last)
Lark in the A.M.
Thin rim and hoop,neck deflection under tension and neck set
Will re-use head (low crown) tighen everthing, elevate neck
and change neck angle
you have things to donate please contact Don or Joe here
If not, just check out the site!