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Posted by Plectrum Banjoist on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I'm in Seventh Heaven right now!  I've been working on assembling  the best plectrum banjo I can afford, and have finally reached my goal - a tubaphone pot and a good-quality plectrum neck.  I purchased a 1930 tubaphone pot with a (my best guess) about 1990 five-string neck about six months ago.  The neck was well-made and of a good quality with Vega-style inlays, very nice.  BUT, I'm primarily a plectrum player and that darn fifth-string peg would get in the way when I'd play it as a plectrum.  I'd purchased an old Vega plectrum neck, but the rebuilding of it was very frustrating and I finally decided to find another Vega plectrum neck, one that didn't need rebuilding, and change my banjo the easy way.  I went through three auctions on eBay before I finally won a neck - a 1927, from the serial number on the stick.  It came in the mail yesterday.  I took it upstairs, tore the 5-string apart and installed the new/old neck.  Perfection!  The only bump in the road was having to ream out the tuning machine holes to accomodate the Stewmac 5-star tuners, and that only took about half an hour,  Soon I had it strung up and found the sweet spot for the bridge, tuned it up and began playing.  Ahhh- so nice.  The tubaphone pot has the nicest sound, even better than my Kasuga plectrum.  I'm one happy guy.  I have it just in time for rehearsals with the new jazz band I've joined.

2 comments on “Frankenbanjo”

mainejohn Says:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 @3:37:44 PM

I just saw that sell on ebay. (Carved heel?)  It was identical to one I sold to a guy in Tacoma in Dec. I'd be willing to bet you'll get your money back and then some if you sell the 5 neck on ebay, but you've probably already figured that out. I have a tbph plec and it is sweet. Actually I'm refinishing the neck right now. Enjoy!

Plectrum Banjoist Says:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 @8:55:25 PM

 Yeah, carved heel.  So cool. 
 I already installed the 5-string neck into a spare Vega N-model pot and it's hanging on the wall  with all the others.
 Tubaphone rules!

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