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Feb 19, 2020 - 6:43:01 AM
676 posts since 8/26/2009

Where would be a good source for a 5 string long neck to install on a 2 pc. flange Leo Fender. 25 fret? to tune to open D or E?
Maybe Helix?
Or maybe a roughed out neck I could finish.

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:32:29 AM
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timacn

USA

529 posts since 7/30/2004

Talk to Ken LeVan. (BHO Member) He made me a very nice long neck for an old Vega. He is an excellent craftsman, knows everything about banjos, and is a very nice guy to boot.

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:02:19 AM

12723 posts since 6/29/2005

quote:
Originally posted by timacn

Talk to Ken LeVan. (BHO Member) He made me a very nice long neck for an old Vega. He is an excellent craftsman, knows everything about banjos, and is a very nice guy to boot.


Thanks for the kind words, Tim.

Yours was not just a longneck, but an Excel as well.

I am actually making a longneck right now—the first one in a number of years, and it's going to be a longneck resonator top-tension bluegrass banjo—one of a kind for sure. 

We were down in your old stomping grounds and got into a huge traffic jam as what seemed like 100 buses streamed out of the Unionville HS lot, stopping traffic in all directions. Definitely thought of you.  We were down there photographing big oak trees as subject matter for a painting show Hope is having in West Chester this July and August.

Edited by - Ken LeVan on 02/19/2020 10:03:16

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:12:02 AM

timacn

USA

529 posts since 7/30/2004

Kind words well deserved. I still remember my trip "all the way to Shunk," as the expression goes.

Creatively speaking, you and Hope are always up to something, aren't you.

Take care.

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:05:24 PM
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Helix

USA

12362 posts since 8/30/2006

Phil - MO Glad to speak with you anytime. My number is at the bottom of my classified ads.

We can discuss a roughed out neck. I've done a couple of rim changeouts for the Leos. I build tube open backs for this reason,

I have Ebony and Rosewood fingerboards in stock. Spec your tuners through me or get them yourself. I have Jescar frets if you like for a premium.

I have great new Poplar for necks, bamboo was well. I use a StewMac hot rod two way bass truss rod.


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