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Nov 24, 2020 - 6:38:20 PM
2271 posts since 9/25/2006

Has anybody been gutsy enough to try this? I’m considering buying a Gibson Ball Bearing and having a reproduction longneck made for it. The lower tuning would really sound great on a ball bearing IMHO.

Who would build such a contraption? Anybody willing to build a longneck for a pre-war conversion?

Thanks!

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:44:01 PM
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2381 posts since 12/18/2004

Frankie, Hope you and yours are doing well and staying safe......let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

As far as the longneck conversion.....i am slammed in my shop with neck builds but u might check with Ron Coleman in Georgia or Randall Wyatt!
Good luck
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:46:02 PM
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timacn

USA

554 posts since 7/30/2004

That sounds like a very cool idea. My recommendation is to contact Ken LeVan, a wonderful designer, builder, and luthier way up in the mountains of Shunk, PA.

Great guy. Amazing craftsman. BHO member.

(He also has quite a fondness for long necks.)

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:58:42 PM

1567 posts since 4/13/2017

I build necks, but I have never done anything other than standard length necks and 1 piece flanges. I would offer my services to you, but I do not feel comfortable in those waters yet.

Nov 24, 2020 - 7:43:24 PM
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Helix

USA

13266 posts since 8/30/2006

The trick is shipping a longneck

They fit in a dreadnought guitar case
I have a bass gig bag with 50mm padding but bite the bullet and get the Gold Tone
Longneck bluegrass case if you still can

I am building two right now, one is sold and the other is for sale
Both are 3 pc laminated necks both with walnut stripes, one is poplar, the sold one is maple

I would ask $1000 so a one man shop doesn’t grind to a halt and 90 days or so, no hurry
I have rosewood and ebony finger boards already slotted
I have other premiums like fine air dried Cherry to make one piece necks
People choose their own inlays or standard abalone dots and diamonds
Jescar frets Gotoh tuners are other $$ features

A banjo is a vehicle. people told Tony Pass “you can’t put a flathead ring on a block rim.”
His reply was, Oh Yeah? Watch me.”

I mainstream long neck into bluegrass, country and written contemporary Americana

Headstock shape? And so forth

Another option is to see if Gold Tone had any longnecks in stock/blems and get one and have their shop services cut the bluegrass/ball bearing profile for you and ship it to you separately
I could easily modify an open back cut to fit properly

Last year I made an OB250 and Mtn Maple longnecks, one Grapefruit and one striped Maple

Let us know what your solution is

Longnecks rule (. ):)====‘== :: }

Nov 24, 2020 - 9:04:43 PM

2271 posts since 9/25/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

The trick is shipping a longneck

They fit in a dreadnought guitar case
I have a bass gig bag with 50mm padding but bite the bullet and get the Gold Tone
Longneck bluegrass case if you still can

I am building two right now, one is sold and the other is for sale
Both are 3 pc laminated necks both with walnut stripes, one is poplar, the sold one is maple

I would ask $1000 so a one man shop doesn’t grind to a halt and 90 days or so, no hurry
I have rosewood and ebony finger boards already slotted
I have other premiums like fine air dried Cherry to make one piece necks
People choose their own inlays or standard abalone dots and diamonds
Jescar frets Gotoh tuners are other $$ features

A banjo is a vehicle. people told Tony Pass “you can’t put a flathead ring on a block rim.”
His reply was, Oh Yeah? Watch me.”

I mainstream long neck into bluegrass, country and written contemporary Americana

Headstock shape? And so forth

Another option is to see if Gold Tone had any longnecks in stock/blems and get one and have their shop services cut the bluegrass/ball bearing profile for you and ship it to you separately
I could easily modify an open back cut to fit properly

Last year I made an OB250 and Mtn Maple longnecks, one Grapefruit and one striped Maple

Let us know what your solution is

Longnecks rule (. ):)====‘== :: }


The longneck you built me is serving me very well right now Larry--I'm modding it with some Hooper D tuners and Mike Gregory here on the BHO is making me a b bender.  I also still have the spoons and a nice 70s "Texas Transducer" pickup.  Oh, and a steampunk-ed head.  Her name is Claudia and she'll be with me forever.  You're the man!

Nov 25, 2020 - 9:37:19 AM

2271 posts since 9/25/2006

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Originally posted by bryantde

Frankie, Hope you and yours are doing well and staying safe......let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

As far as the longneck conversion.....i am slammed in my shop with neck builds but u might check with Ron Coleman in Georgia or Randall Wyatt!
Good luck
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier


Thanks Don, you too!  Do you have contact info for these gentlemen?

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