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May 27, 2022 - 2:17:52 PM
324 posts since 7/11/2014

I'm making a new neck for my pyramid tb2, my previous neck had the Lucas inlay and correct 27/29 'blob' headstock which I'm not so keen on. So I'm doing a new neck with Lucas inlays but a large 75 style Gibson script on the headstock and I'm going for either a double cut or style7 headstock shape, maybe unbound? I know this is against the rules but I think the deco feel of the Lucas inlay could look cool with the style 7 headstock. Discuss ????

May 27, 2022 - 3:59:52 PM
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4868 posts since 11/20/2004

I tend to make and play the neck style I like more than trying to stay period correct. If YOU like it, make it that way. That is why I build, to make and play what I want.

May 27, 2022 - 4:25:17 PM
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4659 posts since 9/7/2009

Many years ago, I was building a banjo to replace one that was stolen in a house robbery. I ordered precut inlays to make the neck. Once I got them, I decided that this was my banjo... why do I want it to make it look like everybody else's. I sent the inlay back and made my own inlay pattern. I shared this to say, it's your banjo, make it like YOU want it.

May 27, 2022 - 4:39:55 PM
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31 posts since 8/13/2021

While not ready for inlay work, or even a fretboard at this point, this is my first neck attempt. Mahogany, to be paired with a Maple rim and rosewood fretboard. I have a couple acoustic guitars I've completed.. but my first banjo.!
Always helpful information on BHO to ponder as I learn a new skill. Thanks, kb




May 27, 2022 - 9:16:42 PM
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4406 posts since 5/29/2011

The Nick Lucas inlays would look good with a Coke Bottle style peghead as well. That might be something else to consider.

May 28, 2022 - 1:35:14 AM
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324 posts since 7/11/2014

Thanks for your replies guys, Mark I have a '29 tb1 Coke Bottle, it was my first neck build and you were very helpful. I'm a little concerned that if I went for a style 7 without a binding it might not look right. I could get a luthier friend to bind the head as I don't feel confident but overall I'm thinking that unbound would suit a style 2 best

May 28, 2022 - 4:46:16 AM
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14590 posts since 6/29/2005

I think you should always do your own thing, there are WAY too many reiterations of Gibson stuff out there—more than Gibson ever made.  Making your own design sets you free.

Making something better looking than the "blob" is not all that difficult, but worthwhile.

May 30, 2022 - 5:50:03 AM

324 posts since 7/11/2014

Thank you all for replying, I have a blank, some inlay and a truss rod coming, an mulling over plans as to which way it will go! I'll sent pics here and in the pre war FB group . Cheers. Tim

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