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Apr 18, 2021 - 1:15:25 PM

Ldelin

USA

23 posts since 4/17/2021

Hi,
About 40 years ago, I bought a rough carved, 5 string, solid mahogany replacement banjo neck from Bucks County Music. Pics are attached.
I also purchased an ebony fingerboard, which I glued to the neck back then.
It has sat on a shelf since then, and remains perfectly straight and flat.
I'm wondering what this neck/fingerboard might be worth today; as I have no use for it, and would like to sell it.
Any idea what I might use as a reasonable asking price?

On a separate note; before I bought the carved neck; I glued up a rock maple neck blank. It was quarter-sawn and turned for book-matched grain; and has ebony/maple/ebony veneers down the center, and also on the top, to show down the neck back and under the ivoroid bindings on both sides of the fingerboard. It was glued with waterproof, "resorcinal" glue with many clamps and much pressure. Pics attached. It has also sat on a shelf for 40 + years, and is very very stable and dry. I cut only the headstock angle back then. Any idea if this has any value today? I hate to see it go to waste. Incidentally, I'm a life-long woodworker; so I knew what I was doing when selecting the maple and veneers, and glueing it all together. Pics of the blank in next posting

Thanks in advance,

Les Delinski

Apr 19, 2021 - 4:54:47 AM
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Helix

USA

13943 posts since 8/30/2006

$100+

Many people fear the single acting truss rod, maybe you made your own as others do. I learned how to adjust these properly.

I would love a seasoned neck like this.

I was an infant once, as well.


Apr 19, 2021 - 7:08:56 AM

1612 posts since 7/2/2007

Hard to tell from pictures but it looks a bit rough around the edges, possibly just from 40 years of shop wear, at least on my monitor. Someone would have to want those woods, shape, and fingerboard/scale, truss rod, etc.

The best way to find value if you intend to sell something is to just put it up for sale in the classifieds and ask folks to make an offer.

I think someone looking for a neck like that will be looking for a bargain and for some projects it could be just the ticket for the right buyer.

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:09:23 PM

1612 posts since 7/2/2007

Maybe your best bet is to sell it to Larry, he said he'd love a neck like that and thinks it is worth $100+. I'd jump on that if you want to sell it.

I know I bought roughed out presentation grade curly maple necks with installed single action truss rod and ebony head plate 10-12 years ago for less than $150.

Apr 19, 2021 - 11:04:13 PM
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Helix

USA

13943 posts since 8/30/2006

Maybe your best bet is to sell it to Larry, he said he'd love a neck like that and thinks it is worth $100+. I'd jump on that if you want to sell it.

Interesting opinion you have there.  

 

Ldelin:  First of all, let's welcome you to the hangout, not everybody here is an experienced woodworker.  

I already commented in your other thread.  

what I like about the Mahog neck is that the heel hasn't been cut yet. I like that because I found that tube and plate heels are straight cut like an openback with room for the tube to go through. So I build open backs and bluegrass rigs the same,  Straight tube is an openback with no holes in the rim, very lightweight.

Your neck doesn't look shop worn to me.

Good luck with your quest. 

Edited by - Helix on 04/19/2021 23:05:19

Apr 24, 2021 - 7:17:37 PM

Ldelin

USA

23 posts since 4/17/2021

Thank you for your kind reply.
My own neck looks pretty shop worn, but the banjo neck is just dusty. It's seldom been disturbed for forty years.

Apr 25, 2021 - 4:27:53 PM
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Helix

USA

13943 posts since 8/30/2006

That's the value of it, humbly.

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