Seb's Project Banjo
Use Customer neck- "Estes" Tenor
22" scale, for 10" rim
Adapt to Prototype Lange Challenger rim
Extra Deep, Block rim, never see before in my shop.
All old work, looks like factory floor sweep parts
Adjustable resonator holes, if you can slide the back, most
are very tight.
I had two choices, Seb went deep.
It is a heavy assembly, 9.6 lbs
With the scale as it is vs fingerboard length, I will make the
cut here, and then reduce the upper to allow the room for the
hoop to clear.
If I do not make the cut back, the bridge would land in the
center of the head.
Rim is an interesting design.
I see they used a plugged rim, something made for someone like
De Wick maybe, it has that look, as well as the side hole
It is easily as deep as my Truett, or Trujo.
Walnut veneer on back
Made 2 cuts, but not with that razor blade :)
Filled the old hole, will drill it for smaller lag bolt
Cut back complete, lagged
Made attachment at back with long nut, the front attachment also
is the tailpiece bracket on the other side.
I will make a rod for it that is only threaded at one end, and a
live center on the other end.
Using an old rod that is beat up, perfect for this job.
Cut to a point on one end, it will center into the long nut
This will put pressure on it when tightened, and keep the rim
It is not an adjustment rod.
Frets dressed, ready to string
I have boxes of old strings, that are no good for playing but
are good for setup work
You just use them and throw them away
So I will test all of my work under tension since I know nothing
about this neck
The head is old, but holding
I will change it, if Seb requests a new head.
Using No knot for 2 reasons
1, a wide tailpiece will not fit between the hooks
2, I want to see how it sounds with low tension tailpiece
Everything came out close for hand piece work
One shim to give a little more angle, I will make all that
permanent on tear down for final setup
Farquhar bridge, sound is nice, bright if you want it, mellow if
you want it, depending on pick attack
Slipped in the back, 1/2 holes open, they do not change the
sound much to my ear, open or closed.
When open, the player can hear himself more maybe
I could add a little orange to this and almost match the neck.
I will send a sound clip to Seb for assessment
NEW HEAD - FINAL SETUP
The head that is on it is pulled to the maximum, and the tension
nuts had reached the end of the hook thread.
I will replace it with a REMO frosted head, the same that was on
On this banjo you can loosen the nut, then pull the hook through
the bottom without taking nut off.
Picture of tone ring
Heavy brass ring with side skirt, and additional brass ring.
Now the tension hoop is the proper height over the head, all is
I made this tool for the adjusting and I will send this along
with the banjo so Seb will have a head wrench.
It is a deep rim, and this can reach the nut.
Sometimes it is hard to get the back out of a Challenger style
rim, and this is the best method.
First, pull out the 2 side mount screws, and then take a 1/2"
dowel and go around tapping down from the sound hole.
It will take a few times but it will pop out.
All adjusted ,and head is settled.
DR strings and REMO head furnished by Bedfordbanjoshop.com
Bridge is custom, by Jim Farquhar
OK, it is ready to go home to Seb and I hope that he feels we
made a good effort for this parts banjo.
The tone is full, big, and no bad overtones,and it plays well up
and down, it is a good neck.
Thanks for watching