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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Magestic 5 String Plectrum Conversion


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kyleb - Posted - 03/25/2021:  07:11:13


I just picked up this odd ball at auction. It was mentioned on here in 2013. It looks to me like someone converted a plectrum neck on a magestic deluxe 4. I cant tell if a new neck was used and the heel and decoration was moved over , or more wood was added to the plectrum neck ( and a new fretboard). From the odd position of the heel im thinking they added to the plectrum neck.. but as im not a luthier, i have no idea whats possible.


Edited by - kyleb on 03/25/2021 07:13:11





 

kyleb - Posted - 03/25/2021:  07:12:10


more pics, not the off center heel.


Edited by - kyleb on 03/25/2021 07:12:37





 

kyleb - Posted - 03/25/2021:  07:22:44


previous discussion, im pretty sure this is the same banjo. banjohangout.org/archive/266533

kyleb - Posted - 03/25/2021:  07:25:32


also, how do i use that tail piece? and what are they called?

Culloden - Posted - 03/25/2021:  08:17:25


It looks like someone spliced the heel and maybe the peghead onto a new neck but I could be wrong.
The tailpiece is a "window latch" style which was used primarily on Paramount banjos. The cover is opened by turning the piece on top. The cover also puts downward pressure on the strings if I remember correctly.

kyleb - Posted - 03/25/2021:  08:53:56


Thanks ! Such an odd thing to do! I'll know more when I get my hands on it.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/25/2021:  12:28:09


quote:

Originally posted by Culloden

It looks like someone spliced the heel and maybe the peghead onto a new neck but I could be wrong.

The tailpiece is a "window latch" style which was used primarily on Paramount banjos. The cover is opened by turning the piece on top. The cover also puts downward pressure on the strings if I remember correctly.






I have to agree with this. The wood of the heel is clearly different than the maple of the neck. The backstrapping looks odd to me, also.

deke46 - Posted - 03/27/2021:  21:12:04


Part of the backstrapping looks to be from the same neck as the heel.

Andy FitzGibbon - Posted - 03/28/2021:  03:23:50


The heel and peghead were sawed off the original neck, and glued to a new piece of wood that was then shaped into a 5 string neck. I've seen similar jobs before. I guess people do it because they think it'll be easier than shaping the peghead and setting the dowel stick in the heel of a completely new neck.

kyleb - Posted - 03/28/2021:  11:00:06


I'll know when it arrives next week but it looks like you all are correct. I'm really interested to see how she sounds.

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