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Apr 18, 2021 - 2:06:01 PM
61 posts since 1/11/2020

I'm looking for an antique/vintage 5 string neck with dowel attachment. 

Does not need to have tuning machines/pegs. Can also be in relatively rough shape or need repair. Just needs to be able to fit in with an antique spunover rim.

The dowel doesn't need to necessarily fit a specific diamter pot as I can alter as needed. But would prefer the neck have a dowel already on it. But anything will be considered.

 

Thanks! 

Apr 18, 2021 - 4:53:23 PM
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13896 posts since 10/30/2008

Try Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester NY and see if they have an Asian neck (good repros of old Vegas) that will fit your banjo. They may want to know your pot diameter, for a good fit.

Apr 18, 2021 - 4:58:41 PM
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rcc56

USA

3469 posts since 2/20/2016

There is an SS Stewart neck with carved heel on Reverb, but the seller wants $750. It's been there for 2 years. You could try to make an offer, but since it's still unsold, I wouldn't hold my breath . . .

If you can compromise and use a new neck, Bernunzio Uptown Music has a limited supply of Eastman Whyte Laydie style necks with no inlays for $275. They are factory seconds, so they have minor blemishes. I believe that Eastman has stopped producing banjos, so when the current batch is sold, there may not be any more in the future.

And, Zach Hoyt and Helix [Larry Hill] can both make you a neck. Their prices are reasonable.

Or maybe Bob Smakula has on oldie that needs work in his "bone yard."

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/18/2021 17:03:28

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:03:26 PM

61 posts since 1/11/2020

Yeah I've been watching that Stewart neck on reverb and gave them an offer already once. No go there.
I also checked those Eastman necks out and may go that route. So far it's the most cost effective way other than waiting on a random neck to appear.

Edited by - Oldtimefeeling on 04/18/2021 17:03:48

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:10:19 PM

rcc56

USA

3469 posts since 2/20/2016

Apparently, the reverb seller doesn't really want to sell it, even though he may think otherwise.

Marlowe: "You made a mistake, Norris. Mrs. Rutledge didn't want to see me at all."
Norris: "I'm sorry sir. I make many mistakes."
--The Humphrey Bogart character, referring to his first meeting with the Lauren Bacall character in the Big Sleep, 1946. Definitely worth a watch if you've never seen it.

We don't see a lot of antique 5 string open back necks floating around. If part of an old banjo is floating around, it is usually the pot, because necks get broken and pots usually don't.

The Eastman is the easiest solution. Larry or Zach are the next easiest, unless someone sees this thread and comes up with something.

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/18/2021 17:15:53

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:43:31 PM
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rcc56

USA

3469 posts since 2/20/2016

Or, you could get yourself a nice piece of mahogany or cherry , carve away everything that doesn't look like a banjo neck, and glue on a pre-slotted fingerboard. Frank Ford's frets.com website has good articles on driving frets. Or you can come up here and I'll show you enough to get you started. Then get some shellac flakes, pure grain alcohol, and mineral oil; and learn when to rub and when to stop for the day.

That's the way a lot of folks first start learning the craft.

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/18/2021 17:45:27

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:56:49 PM
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cevant

USA

142 posts since 2/5/2020

I just bought this one and probably will never use it. I'll sell it for what I paid if you're interested.  The dowel rod was about an inch short for an 11" pot  I believe, but I will double check it. I was planning to make a new one anyway.  Let me know.

ebay.com/itm/174683298533

Edited by - cevant on 04/18/2021 18:02:25

Apr 18, 2021 - 8:46:45 PM

rcc56

USA

3469 posts since 2/20/2016

There's your solution. You can lengthen the dowel by grafting on new material with a nice long v-joint. If you do it well, the graft will last longer than any of us will.

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:24:41 AM

61 posts since 1/11/2020

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Originally posted by rcc56

Or, you could get yourself a nice piece of mahogany or cherry , carve away everything that doesn't look like a banjo neck, and glue on a pre-slotted fingerboard. Frank Ford's frets.com website has good articles on driving frets. Or you can come up here and I'll show you enough to get you started. Then get some shellac flakes, pure grain alcohol, and mineral oil; and learn when to rub and when to stop for the day.

That's the way a lot of folks first start learning the craft.


That's a kind offer that I may have to take you up on. Making a neck is definitely something I need to learn more about! Not too far a journey for me either 

Apr 19, 2021 - 11:26:24 AM
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154 posts since 3/25/2016

This all comes together with another current thread: Lester D has what folks agree is a nicely fabricated made-up neck blank, all ready for you to make into the neck of your dreams and intentions!  See BHO topic 374442.  Then hook up with Mr. Chuckrow, and you are on your way to a whole new facet of our banjo hobbies.

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