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Aug 3, 2021 - 9:51:03 AM
6 posts since 11/3/2008

I looking for someone that can repair the holes left in the headstock of my banjo from cam style tuners. I would like the overlay to be restored to its original condition. I don't believe any inlay work would be required . It's a Gibson Bowtie. Any suggestions?

Aug 3, 2021 - 12:56:42 PM

BobbyE

USA

2914 posts since 11/29/2007

You might try Don Bryante or Ritchie Dotson. I think they are both available through the HO as far as a contact is concerned. If Mr. Dotson is not, try a You-Tube video that should have his information. Hold out and I am sure someone will chime in with a bit more substance to your query than I was able to.

Bobby

Aug 3, 2021 - 2:31:37 PM

6 posts since 11/3/2008

Thanks for your help

Aug 3, 2021 - 5:12:09 PM

DSmoke

USA

1048 posts since 11/30/2015

Where do you live? If there is a competent luthier near you, you can save on shipping both ways, which is only getting more expensive right now.

Aug 3, 2021 - 5:44:12 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11235 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by rimn

I looking for someone that can repair the holes left in the headstock of my banjo from cam style tuners. I would like the overlay to be restored to its original condition. I don't believe any inlay work would be required . It's a Gibson Bowtie. Any suggestions?


The peghead overlay cannot be repaired to its 'original' condition after having holes drilled in it. What can happen is a best approximation (according to the expertise of the repairer). A really good repairer would try and find some ebony that closest matched the overlay then refinish it so the best of their ability. 

Aug 3, 2021 - 8:46:20 PM
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lanemb

USA

211 posts since 3/11/2018

It would probably look better if you put the tuners back in. Possibly even be worth more than a repaired head. Not to down play your desire for an original look.

Aug 4, 2021 - 6:46:54 AM

11702 posts since 10/27/2006

Ebony? I wouldn’t assume that.

For an invisible repair, best to get a new headstock overlay made of the correct original material. The original MOP can be set into it.

Aug 7, 2021 - 10:07:23 AM
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3920 posts since 5/29/2011

Custom Inlay in Leitchfield, Kentucky makes a peg head overlay complete with binding for a bow tie Gibson. That would be the only way to restore the peg head to original condition and the Gibson name would still have to be inlayed on it. Trying to plug the holes and refinish them leaves a lot of room for things to go wrong. Don't ask me how I know this.

I kind of have to agree with Michael Lane. Putting a pair of Kluson cam tuners in it would probably be less problematic and the banjo would probably retain its value better than it would with a repaired peg head. Not to mention that repairing the peg head would cost more than a pair of cam tuners.

http://custominlay.com

Edited by - Culloden on 08/07/2021 10:09:54

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