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Sep 22, 2021 - 2:24:42 AM

TonyCMajor

France

4 posts since 9/22/2021

Old ZB mandolin to restore as a ukulele. Neck to rim joint crushed. Perhaps join at another position. Is there a need for a rod?
Strange 4m slot by the nut on the finger board. Perhaps a zero fret? Any idea what to do with it.
First time with amateur skills an very little money.
All advice welcome.

Sep 22, 2021 - 2:32:12 AM

TonyCMajor

France

4 posts since 9/22/2021

Picture for ZB restoration

Sep 22, 2021 - 2:33:56 AM

TonyCMajor

France

4 posts since 9/22/2021

Picture ZB restore


Sep 22, 2021 - 6:09:32 AM

1747 posts since 6/2/2010

Not worth fixing in my opinion. I would probably throw all of the wood parts in the trash, keep the metal parts and make a fretless mountain banjo using the metal parts.

Others might have different ideas.

Sep 22, 2021 - 6:47:34 AM
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mbanza

USA

2392 posts since 9/16/2007

That is a good instrument for learning repair. Do some research and learn about banjo topography as well as repair techniques then proceed with patience. Below are a couple of links that may help you get started.

frets.com/FretsPages/pagelist.html
banjocraft.com/early-considera...o-making/

Sep 23, 2021 - 6:09:34 AM

TonyCMajor

France

4 posts since 9/22/2021

Well, glass half full or glass half empty. I'm with mbanza on this. I bought it in a French flea market for 10 euros and already I have learned a whole load about banjo construction. If I can bring it to playability I'll be well pleased and I think I can do it for a few bucks with your help.
Has anyone any thoughts on the zero fret thing and how I might tackle it? Any sites that can help?
Do you think I need a rim rod for nylgut string Uke?
Where will I get budget nut, bridge and especially tailpiece for this Uke?
( ordinary banjo tailpiece wont fit because of the raised vellum above the rim.)
Keep it coming fellows.

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