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Jun 20, 2021 - 6:32:04 AM
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This is a 6-string neck that came off of an old Weymann 12 inch rim banjo. I came across this years ago, don't exactly remember how.
I'm guessing that at some point in it's history, the neck must have been broken. Someone made an effort to salvage what he could and make a useable neck.
It was cut diagonally and another piece of wood glued in place. I believe it was from a different instrument altogether.
The fingerboard must have been added, once the repair was completed, but I have no idea if it was from the original neck or something else.
I can not identify the type of wood used for the fingerboard. But it does show heavy use.
The original portion of the neck is a gorgeous piece of curly maple.
It wouldn't take much to restore this to playable condition.
But:

The scale is very short, 22.875

To me, that seems way short of being useable, as any kind of neck for a banjo, but I am definitely open to ideas.
I'm guessing someone previously went to this much trouble, bc of the original curly maple.
I'll attach some pictures.

Jun 20, 2021 - 6:38:46 AM

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Here are some pics:


Jun 20, 2021 - 6:43:57 AM

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And a couple more:

 

Jun 20, 2021 - 6:46:51 AM

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And here's one of the fingerboard:


 

Jun 20, 2021 - 6:50:35 AM

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If this is useable, as a banjo neck, I can do that, but it just seems too short to go that direction.
Thought I would ask for advice on this one.

Thanks

Jun 20, 2021 - 7:28:59 AM

3843 posts since 5/29/2011

How many frets does it have? The scale is approximately that of a nineteen fret tenor banjo.
It could possibly be used for a banjo guitar or, if you are creative, a variation of a tenor banjo with a couple of extra strings.

Jun 20, 2021 - 8:16:36 AM

101 posts since 12/4/2007

I had an old electric bass neck with a broken truss rod that I used for a handle to an outdoor shed. Nice conversation piece.

Jun 20, 2021 - 8:37:02 AM

8723 posts since 8/28/2013

Please show the entire fretboard and post the number of frets. It looks to me like the position markers are not in the proper places, possible because the fretboard was shortened and that's likely true of the neck, too. The photo showing just a part of the fretboard makes it look like there's a twist to this neck. If it is twisted, it would further limit what you might be able to do.

Jun 20, 2021 - 8:43:30 AM

57704 posts since 12/14/2005

Make a nice rectangular frame (Curly maple, if you got any), stretch a piece of P.E.T.E plastic over it, glue and tack it in place, heat shrink it, put FOUR strings on it, and make a Square Eel ukulele.

OR, PM me with your price, and maybe I'll do that.

Jun 20, 2021 - 11:23:41 AM

Owen

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8985 posts since 6/5/2011

I can't find it via the "search" function, but wasn't somebody asking about pegheads as handles for beer taps not too far back?

Jun 20, 2021 - 12:08:44 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

Please show the entire fretboard and post the number of frets. It looks to me like the position markers are not in the proper places, possible because the fretboard was shortened and that's likely true of the neck, too. The photo showing just a part of the fretboard makes it look like there's a twist to this neck. If it is twisted, it would further limit what you might be able to do.


I'm sure you nailed it. The frets are out of place.  Also, the peghead side of the splice is not the same wood as the curly maple. Who knows, maybe the original peghead ended up as a handle on something.

I need to make a correction. The scale is 20.75. 

And it has 18 frets. I don't know what instruments this might fit into, but I think it could be useful for something related to banjos, optimistically, even as a neck. The neck is straight, almost like an arrow. That's old, old curly maple. I was thinking about alternative uses.  I came up with pistol grips, knife handles and Zippo lighter cases. Be a shame to do that, though.

Jun 20, 2021 - 1:03:26 PM

3843 posts since 5/29/2011

Your corrected scale puts it in about the same ball park as a seventeen fret tenor banjo. It would be nice to have a new fretboard with the inlays in the correct places. That fretboard is one of the ugliest pieces of wood I have ever seen but the rest of the neck looks usable and well worth salvaging.
I still think a short scale banjo guitar would be a feasible idea.

Jun 20, 2021 - 1:43:02 PM
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8723 posts since 8/28/2013

If uou are skillful, perhaps you could remove the spliced section and add a longer section, maybe even with some curly maple. You would need a new fretboard, too, but the one one it now kiond of sucks, anyway.

I would like to know the width of the neck at the heel. That might make a difference in what you can do. If it's not too wide, perhaps by adding a longer section at the peghead end, you could turn this into a five string banjo.

Lots of work, though.

Jun 20, 2021 - 2:24:37 PM

3798 posts since 3/28/2008

quote:
Originally posted by steveintampa

I had an old electric bass neck with a broken truss rod that I used for a handle to an outdoor shed. Nice conversation piece.


Iota, a regrettably defunct club in Arlington, Virginia, used to use tenor banjo necks as handles on the beer taps.

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