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Lipstick on a pig?

Posted by Jonnycake White on Saturday, March 17, 2012

When do you put lipstick on a pig?  When it's a real good pig in the first place.  I am dressing up my former camping banjo, the final prototype of my Rocky Mountain pot banjos, and getting her ready to sell.  She has a pot made from five layers of 1/2" Baltic birch plywood.  The plywood is good stuff but not the prettiest to look at.  I have put a facing on the top of walnut, and one on the back of cherry. Other than that, she doesn't really need a lot of work - new strings, filing the fret ends off where the neck has shrunk, some work on the 5th string nut (a brass screw) to fix a buzz, and installing a new Yellowstone head, that's about all.  The buyer is giving her to his musician girlfriend as a birthday gift.  I'll post before and after pictures when I'm done.  She's been one of my favorite banjos to play, and I've learned a lot of tunes on her.  But I'm getting too many banjos built to keep them all.



1 comment on “Lipstick on a pig?”

Jonnycake White Says:
Friday, March 30, 2012 @9:37:52 AM

I posted some photos and a discussion on the results. The guy is coming tonight to pick up the banjo.

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