Hi folks. I'm a longtime member and enjoy the forum but I very seldom post on here. Today I have a question for the banjolele experts. I am presently repairing a Sterling banjolele for a client of mine. Besides a general set up and hidehead change he also wants it to be similar to a Gibson UB-2, i.e., he wants a removable resonator on the back of the pot, which I have constructed but what I need to know is how much gap should be between the inside of the resonator and the back rim of the pot. I'm sure there are many answers to this question but keep in mind that the client wants this to conform to UB-2 specs.
I anxiously await your response. Thank you all for a great site.
I don't own one -buy, took a peek at a couple. It looks to be about 1/4 to 3/8 in. Maybe someone who owns one can measure and will chime in. Cheers.
Thank you Tonehead. That should be an acceptable gap. I'll wait a bit longer for someone to chime in but I have no problem going with 1/4" to 3/8".
I sold my UB2 last year, but as I remember, the spacers weren't more that a 1/4 inch. I wonder since so much of Gibson's Uke line was built with what-ever parts, fingerboards etc. they had on hand that day, if the same may be true of the spacers.
I see your point Jeff but to my knowledge there weren't many styles of Gibson banjos with that kind of resonator design but who knows. I think I'll start with 3/8ths. If I do find out later that the correct space is 1/4 inch it'll be easier to file the spacers down than make new longer ones. I thank you for your input.
If you can't get a clear answer on the BHO, try contacting a seller w/ your question. There are 3 UB2's on Reverb, & 1 on eBay.
Great idea tdennis, surely someone who has a UB-2 in hand is willing to share that info. Thanks for the insight.
If anyone is interested, I did get responses from 2 ebay sellers who have UB-2's listed. A seller from the US gave me a measurement of 5/16" and a seller from Japan reported a 6 millimeter gap, which is just over 1/4".
That was a great suggestion tdennis.
And Jeff, you were pretty much on the mark.
Thank you all.
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