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Apr 29, 2024 - 10:17:51 AM
43 posts since 9/27/2023

Hello Everyone,
I Have A Finder Artist Model Banjo In My Shop For Repairs, It Needs A Flange, The Flange Was Replaced Many Years Ago With A Stew Mac Flange. That Flange Has Failed And Cracked, I Am Replacing It. My Question Is, How Thick Was The Original Flange Between The Rim And Neck? I Have To Add To The Neck To Correctly Repair This Banjo, The Measurements Will Sure Help And Give Me A Place To Start.
Thank You,
Lynn Fox

Apr 29, 2024 - 10:46:51 AM

1796 posts since 4/13/2009

3.35 mm on mine

Apr 29, 2024 - 11:23:46 AM

15443 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by foxlawn

I Have A Finder Artist Model Banjo In My Shop For Repairs, It Needs A Flange, The Flange Was Replaced Many Years Ago With A Stew Mac Flange. . . My Question Is, How Thick Was The Original Flange Between The Rim And Neck?


This is puzzling. If this Fender Artist came to you already using a Stew-Mac flange (which you apparently understand was nothing like a Mastertone flange) doesn't that mean the neck was already modified to work with a pot using that flange?

I guess I'm missing something. I'm no luthier. But I own a Gibson parts banjo on with the 70s neck has been similarly modified (wood added at lower lag) to work with one-piece flange instead of the original two-piece.

Anyway . . . Rather than trusting other's measurements, seeing as you have the banjo in your shop, can you not simply copy the profile of the pot from tone ring down to the lower lag area of the skirt, then transfer that to the neck?  Using one of these:

Or just measure the outside diameter of the rim skirt. Presumably it's 11 inches at the tone ring/upper lag. You just need to know how much smaller it is at the lower lag.

But, again, why do you have to add to the neck to replace the flange with a flange like the one it was already converted to? 

Good luck.

Apr 29, 2024 - 12:31:02 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1261 posts since 11/9/2010

foxlawn Do you need a California Fender flange? I have one.

My flange measures 0.125"

Edited by - rbfour5 on 04/29/2024 12:43:42

Apr 29, 2024 - 12:49:33 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1261 posts since 11/9/2010

Flange measurement


Apr 29, 2024 - 1:22:49 PM
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15443 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by rbfour5

foxlawn Do you need a California Fender flange? I have one.

My flange measures 0.125"


If the rim and neck weren't modified to work with the Stew-Mac flange it would be neat to restore the Artist  with an original Fender flange!

Apr 29, 2024 - 1:23:31 PM
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foxlawn

USA

43 posts since 9/27/2023

Thank You All!! The Neck Was Never Modified, They Just Left The Void All These Years, I Want To Repair Correctly.

Apr 29, 2024 - 2:47:13 PM

15443 posts since 6/2/2008

Then installing an original Fender flange would seem like the easiest and best thing to do.

May 1, 2024 - 5:10:03 PM
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13170 posts since 10/27/2006

Although the earliest Salstrom flanges were brass, Fender used pot metal after they ran out. Unfortunately, some of these cracked or broke explaining why one might find a StewMac flange on an Artist.

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