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DIXIE CHROME BANJO / UKULELE REPAIR PARTS HELP

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Jun 24, 2019 - 9:32:15 AM

RoddyJB

Canada

4 posts since 6/24/2019

I've been putting this off for a long time but decided to try & get er done...
I have a Dixie metal 4 string banjo or banjolele.  Don't even ask about the strings...:)
It's bridge is missing and one of the domed ferrules on a tuner peg.
I'd prefer to get an original bridge/ferrule if I can or at least vintage parts.
I'm on a pension so can't spend a fortune but my son is interested in trying it out.
Any ideas? 




 

Edited by - RoddyJB on 06/24/2019 11:46:45

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:35:28 AM
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99 posts since 4/11/2019

Try using half of a grommet.

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:01:15 PM
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959 posts since 6/20/2014

You can buy those domed washers at Lowe’s or HD.

Take an original with you and try to match size wise.

Buy four new ones if they have them.

The bridge you use is going to determine the height of the strings above the head and fretboard. 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”. And you might need to sand the base down on whichever comes closest.

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:42:32 PM

RoddyJB

Canada

4 posts since 6/24/2019

I found a supplier that can order a Grover Tenor 4 string bridge but it will take 3-4 weeks.

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:04:13 PM

99 posts since 4/11/2019

Try Elderly, they usually have a few in stock

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:33:51 PM

3540 posts since 4/5/2008

Contact Marvin Walker (BNJOMAKR) I've bought several Dixie Ukes from him he might have some parts hanging around.

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Jun 24, 2019 - 2:10:50 PM
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4425 posts since 9/7/2009

Yep... got a washer and a bridge... but no extra tuners. Send me a PM with an address and they are yours!

Jun 24, 2019 - 2:12:49 PM
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4425 posts since 9/7/2009

quote:
Originally posted by CEParagon124

You can buy those domed washers at Lowe’s or HD.

Take an original with you and try to match size wise.

Buy four new ones if they have them.

The bridge you use is going to determine the height of the strings above the head and fretboard. 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”. And you might need to sand the base down on whichever comes closest.


The neck on the Dixie is adjustable so the action can be set for the bridge.

Jun 24, 2019 - 2:16:42 PM

RoddyJB

Canada

4 posts since 6/24/2019

quote:
Originally posted by BNJOMAKR

Yep... got a washer and a bridge... but no extra tuners. Send me a PM with an address and they are yours!


That's great Marvin, I'll send you a PM.  Cheers!

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:35:08 PM

cjam

Australia

97 posts since 6/14/2017

They play well when you set them up, though they're a little heavy. Very loud. I bought one new in the 70's, they were made by Werco.

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:52:25 PM

beegee

USA

21240 posts since 7/6/2005

I've got one somewhere, if I can find it. I will part it out, but no bridge or tailpiece.

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:42:33 AM

287 posts since 3/26/2009

Saw a complete one at an antique stores in Bell Buckle TN last weekend. Seems like they had it priced for $65.

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:00:25 PM
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4425 posts since 9/7/2009

Parts were shipped on Monday... US mail.

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:11:51 PM

RoddyJB

Canada

4 posts since 6/24/2019

quote:
Originally posted by BNJOMAKR

Parts were shipped on Monday... US mail.

 


Outstanding Marvin!  That's very much appreciated!  I'll let you know when they arrive! 

Any recommendations on what strings would be most suitable to use?

Thanks again,

Cheers, Rod

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:40:08 PM

4425 posts since 9/7/2009

quote:
Originally posted by RoddyJB
quote:
Originally posted by BNJOMAKR

Parts were shipped on Monday... US mail.

 


Outstanding Marvin!  That's very much appreciated!  I'll let you know when they arrive! 

Any recommendations on what strings would be most suitable to use?

Thanks again,

Cheers, Rod


I don't really know about the size of strings that were used on them , but you might find some help here... http://dixiebanjolele.blogspot.com/

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:56:55 PM

1119 posts since 2/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by RoddyJB
quote:
Originally posted by BNJOMAKR

Parts were shipped on Monday... US mail.

 


Outstanding Marvin!  That's very much appreciated!  I'll let you know when they arrive! 

Any recommendations on what strings would be most suitable to use?

Thanks again,

Cheers, Rod


Any set of standard (soprano or concert) ukulele strings ought to do, but there are many dozens of sorts to choose from-- different materials and gauges, as well as special sets for variant tunings.

Your choice can take into account your particular instrument and setup (head thickness and tension, bridge weight and material...etc), but mostly it is just a matter of personal taste. 

IMO you can't go wrong with a Martin M600 fluorocarbon set. 

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