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Dean Shultis - Posted - 04/23/2021:  12:17:59

Someone posted on this forum awhile back asking about his grandfather's (Dave Kennedy) banjos. Dave had cast some tone rings made of bell bronze which didn't use a wooden rim. I made a neck for one of them which he gave to Julius Bellson of Gibson. The mother-of-pearl and abalone inlay was of my own design except for the Kennedy name which he designed himself. This was forty some odd years ago.

Bob Smakula - Posted - 04/23/2021:  13:41:35

Funny for me to see the Shellex name on the truss rod cover. In the 1970's and 1980's we purchased a significant quantity of shell products for the Goose Acres banjos we were building. I had not thought about that company for a while, as Duke of Pearl is where I buy most of my inlay materials now. A quick internet search and I see that they are still in business with a website;


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Dean Shultis - Posted - 04/23/2021:  14:09:32

It is my name that I engraved in the M.O.P. truss rod cover. "Inlay by Shultis." I guess it does look a little like Shellex.

Dean Shultis - Posted - 04/23/2021:  16:19:19


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