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Oct 18, 2021 - 11:21:16 PM
1 posts since 10/18/2021

Need Help Rebuilding George C dobson Victor banjo.

Need suggestions for cheap tailpiece, bridge , 5 geared tuners to replace old friction tuners , nut ... etc. See pic

THANKS for any help



Oct 19, 2021 - 3:24:35 AM
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9997 posts since 1/22/2003

The tuners enter the peghead from the wrong side

Oct 19, 2021 - 4:31:57 AM

2794 posts since 4/7/2010

There are so many details to be considered. I'll recommend you take it to a banjo professional that specializes in openback instruments for advice on your specific banjo and the music you want to play on it.

Bob Smakula

Oct 19, 2021 - 4:32:15 AM



2939 posts since 1/15/2014

Why do you want to replace the original tuners (which are currently installed backwards) with geared tuners? This banjo isn't suitable for steel strings anyway.

Oct 19, 2021 - 6:38:43 AM



61 posts since 7/29/2007

I'd buy those tuners if you end up selling them. I have a similar banjo I am wanting to resurrect.

Oct 19, 2021 - 8:21:44 AM

130 posts since 1/11/2020

This banjo was not designed with modern tastes. It was not intended to be used with metal strings. Your best bet is gut strings, nylon, or "nylgut". Also using these with the intended tuning pegs (i.e. with those friction style ones)

Rebuilding this banjo would be best suited for someone practiced in antique banjos.

Now of course with that said its your banjo so you can do whatever you want to it... but these antiques dont always sound best when modernized like what youre mentioning. Ao just keep that in mind. Anything you do that removes parts or wood/metal greatly affects the versatile playability as well as its value as a collectible antique. Doesnt matter to everyone i understand just my 2 cents

Oct 19, 2021 - 8:34:04 AM

183 posts since 6/5/2006

I have a Dobson Victor like yours but with 30 brackets and a large star on the peghead. Adding geared Gotoh tuners will require enlarging all 5 holes. It's not difficult with the right tools but it's possible to mess it up.
Mine is not really playable because the neck has warped possibly because of the steel strings..

Oct 19, 2021 - 1:13:12 PM

1223 posts since 1/9/2012

Cheap?  There's always DIY with a zillion design possibilities.  BHO member Mark Ralston makes some very nice replicas:

Oct 19, 2021 - 7:14:03 PM

9095 posts since 8/28/2013

Before giving restoration advice on any banjo, I always first want to know what kind of music and what style the player wishes to play. Some banjos are better suited than others for certain styles, and this one may not be best for what you wish to play.

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