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Gibson Earl Scruggs - needing a little attention

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May 27, 2019 - 3:34:07 AM
19 posts since 12/7/2004

Hi guys, I have a Gibon Earl Scruggs Standard, which I haven't played for a few years. I'm ready to get into it again now and have just opened the banjo case. The metalwork is all quite dull and I'd like to restore the banjo to it's former glory. Should I attempt to strip it and rebuild it? I don't see an other way to clean all the clamps etc properly.
Cheers
Paul

May 27, 2019 - 4:06:40 AM

beegee

USA

21279 posts since 7/6/2005

You can disassemble and polish the parts with simichrome or flitz polish.

May 27, 2019 - 4:57:49 AM
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1782 posts since 12/31/2005

If you don't know how to yet, learn about proper head tensioning before you undo anything. You may want to check (tap tuning or drum dial) the tension of the head before if you like the current set up. Also, know about bridge placement and tailpiece set up. If you like the set up now, take pictures of the tailpiece set up and observe how the tension hoop sits on the head (hopefully evenly) before tearing down. These are not super complex things, but you might be shocked at the sound difference if you don't tension the head correctly.

May 27, 2019 - 1:53:33 PM

868 posts since 6/6/2008

sounds crazy but I got a tip once saying you can clean nickel with ...wait for it.... coka cola. The crazy thing is it works and doesn't leave any sticky either. I've used it 3x now on my ESS.

May 27, 2019 - 5:41:25 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10723 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by o2playlikeEarl

sounds crazy but I got a tip once saying you can clean nickel with ...wait for it.... coka cola. The crazy thing is it works and doesn't leave any sticky either. I've used it 3x now on my ESS.


Coke is great for cleaning ulcers as well.

May 27, 2019 - 6:31:13 PM

beegee

USA

21279 posts since 7/6/2005

Coke also cleans toilets...

May 28, 2019 - 3:41:15 AM

19 posts since 12/7/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Brian Murphy

If you don't know how to yet, learn about proper head tensioning before you undo anything. You may want to check (tap tuning or drum dial) the tension of the head before if you like the current set up. Also, know about bridge placement and tailpiece set up. If you like the set up now, take pictures of the tailpiece set up and observe how the tension hoop sits on the head (hopefully evenly) before tearing down. These are not super complex things, but you might be shocked at the sound difference if you don't tension the head correctly.


Thanks for the advice

I reckon I can cope with that. When Ive cleaned it before, Ive never stripped it, but it would definitely benefit from a proper clean now

Thanks

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