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Mar 2, 2021 - 12:09:55 PM
13 posts since 12/12/2006

Vintage GOLD STAR blugrass resonator 5 string "may have suffered neck fracture" by previous owner... perhaps by a fall...
*In anycase the peghead has split the mahogany neck above the nut and into the tuners peghead.

I have had it hanging on wall in pro shop padded fork... But fracture slowly opened up over time.
It got my attention by de- tuneing... I often brush strum the banjo's as i pass the wall... 4-5 banjos and guitars ect.

Currently, first aid was applied by easing string tension and taking it off display..

Repair "seems possible" with re glue and clamp at home. My opinion is that quality carpenter glue may work...
*Any experience or advice? Its the firm clamp that heals, as glue is stronger than the wood.
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Aquila reds are being put on my CC Carlin 12 Banjo for first time...

They stretch and stretch until they fill the tuner shaft, the pop off...
*I'm tying them on using a fly fisherman's double overhand knot.

Thinking... keep steel 5th string?

Thanks all..

Mar 2, 2021 - 1:15:26 PM

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Go to "Q" search box on the left of this page for mega information regarding Aquilla. banjered

Mar 2, 2021 - 1:34:11 PM

KCJones

USA

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This page has a ton of great information, in general about repairs:

frets.com/FretsPages/pagelist.html#Luthier

I think these pages are what you're specifically looking for, if I understand your description:

frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/T...head.html

frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/T...rack.html

Mar 2, 2021 - 3:45:22 PM

13 posts since 12/12/2006

*Exactly what I face...

Hide Glue and clamps!

DW

Mar 2, 2021 - 6:27:05 PM

krw2dbw

USA

73 posts since 3/4/2013

If you have not lost any of the wood and everything fits together with no gaps then I agree with Doc Wheeler. "Hide Glue and clamps." Most aliphatic glues such as Elmers White or Woodworkers or Titebond II. will work fine You gain a little water resistence with the woodworkers glues.

Mar 2, 2021 - 6:34:29 PM

krw2dbw

USA

73 posts since 3/4/2013

I have used Titebond ll to re-attach the peghead of a Yahama 12 String. No pieces missing. It worked. That was 12 years ago. You might install a veneer on the back which crosses the split. It will add 1/16th of an inch to the thickness of the peghead. You probably have that much room with your tuners?

Mar 3, 2021 - 12:53:03 PM

13 posts since 12/12/2006

Great idea... veneer or inset brace...
DW

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