Hey folks! I have a cheap and ratty old Rettberg & Lange or Buckbee catalog banjo, essentially identical to this one but in worse shape:
A previous owner planed off the fretboard to make it fretless (and very thin front to back), and I'm planning to add a walnut fingerboard with scribed position lines to make the neck a more comfortable thickness and easier to play. I'm thinking of screwing the fingerboard to the neck with small countersunk brass screws a la the old Harmony ukuleles with plastic fingerboards, like the one at the bottom of this post. I figure that way I can remove it easily if I feel like playing around with different configurations, modifying the scale length, etc. Anyone else here given that a try? Also, I plan to use nylon or fluorocarbon strings and ebony friction pegs to keep it pretty low tension.
I have never tried it but I don’t see why it would not work. I have an early Harmony ukulele just like that one but without the fancy scroll work on the face. I like the idea of being able to quickly change the fretboard and may try it on something.
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