I opened my Squared Eel care package from Mike Gregory and carefully laid out the pieces. I am so excited. I've been without a banjo since I hocked two of them and an ovation guitar to pay the electric bill in 2010 when we got into a serious financial crisis.
I have decided to record my assembly process with my camera and put together a comprehensive set of instructions for putting together this noble instrument. I'm doing a couple of, shall we say, "Deluxe" features on this baby. Turns out the neck is long enough to make a longneck banjo out of her - my instrument of choice.
Mike included what appears to be the metal strips out of old windshield wiper blades to use as frets if it suits me. It probably will. I need frets to keep me in tune.
What I've done differently with this one:
Anyway, I've got the wooden parts altogether and am ready to add the nut when it gets here and the fretboard, then stain and varnish. With any luck I'll attach the head, the bridge and tailpiece and string her up next weekend.
Wish me luck!
*Note: I only thought I was halfway. Looks like 3 weekends instead of 2.
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