Just got this lovely WN Burkhard banjo and it needs a little work! I live in Louisville and am looking for someone in the area who could handle the inlay repair, pop out that pearloid and replace, and maybe do something about the hole someone drilled in the rim. Attached are some pictures of the areas that need work. Thanks as always!
That's real pearl, not pearloid . Maybe some others will respond. I don't know of anyone in your area. I do that kind of work but I live in Lexington, NC. That's a very nice looking banjo!
I would take it to Bob Smakula. He is not in Kentucky but right next door in WV.
I don't know if Bryan England at Custom Inlay does repair work or not. It can't hurt to contact his company and find out. They are in Caneyville.
Edited by - Culloden on 01/26/2021 11:08:37
The hole that the end pin screw is pictured in is the secondary hole. The lower hole is the correct one.
This is a common hack "repair" born of ignorance with classic era banjos. Once someone strings it with wire and slaps on a huge modern bridge, 5/8" high, they find that the action is unsuitable. So they "correct" it by drilling a secondary hole.
The correct neck angle for this banjo is no angle at all. This gives plenty of room for the gut (nylon) strings to vibrate without buzzing using a 1/2" bridge.
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