Here at MayosMusic, in addition to offering great guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and autoharp lessons, we are also a complete luthier service that includes guitar/bass, all string instruments plus amplifier, studio, stage, sound reinforcement and guitar effect electronics repairs/restorations.
Below are pictures of the Repair, Restoration and Set-up of an older, open back Vega Banjo. Because of this banjo having been previously modified/kluged together with non-original parts, it did not play well (having high action, misalignments, etc.) A complete tear-down and re-do was undertaken.
The before pictures show the condition as-is before repairs/restoration began. Showing: dirt, rust, corrosion, fret condition, etc.
These pictures show the small parts (cleaned and polished) Before re-assembly.
Note: It is impossible to completely clean, de-rust and polish small banjo parts that are still on the banjo - thus disassembly is the correct procedure to thoroughly clean, de-rust and polish these parts.
These photos show the neck, fret work, tuning keys, tone ring, rim, bracket hooks, nuts, etc. Finished and ready for final assembly. Are you ready for a bit of Country or Folk - Tom Dooley?