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Jan 1, 2021 - 10:43:10 AM
468 posts since 10/17/2006

A friend has recently acquired an old Ludwig tenor banjo and asked me to build him a neck. I need to drill the tuning peg holes and he wants to use the original tuners. He eyeballed the tuners and said they are about 1 mm over 1/4". He lives about and hour and a half away in PA and with the Covid mess travel for right now is not possible. Can anyone give me better specs?

Jan 1, 2021 - 11:35:56 AM
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13839 posts since 10/30/2008

Ask him to mail you one of the tuners.

I would think even better, have him put the tenor neck in a stout mailing tube, so you can have the benefit of it as a template yourself.

Mailing tubes offer excellent protection and the postage isn't much.

Jan 1, 2021 - 12:00:15 PM

265 posts since 4/14/2014

Or ask him what tuners are on there. My Ludwig Ambassador has original Planetary tuners whose dimensions should be available.

Jan 1, 2021 - 2:07:34 PM

3946 posts since 5/1/2003

If his Ludwig is a top tension,the front two bolts are very close together.it hard to fit a 5 string fingerboard between them and make it look good. I know because I once had one.
Just something to plan for.

Jan 2, 2021 - 11:24:58 AM

8370 posts since 8/28/2013

I'd ask to see the entire tenor neck. There are some oddities with Ludwigs that wi9ll affect the fit of a new neck. There is the top tension issues referenced by Rod Durst. There is also the Ludwig rim size, which is 10 3/4 inches. Some of the Ludwigs also had some strange neck attachment systems, some of which were adjustable.

Jan 2, 2021 - 12:01:28 PM

468 posts since 10/17/2006

Thanks for the replies. As per suggested I requested him to send the peghead overlay and a tuning peg.

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