Hi everybody, I'm Italian thus you have to be patient when my english will commence to look for a glass of red wine :-P

I'm building a second, better fitted neck and resonator for my 5strings banjo, made from StewMac parts.
for this second neck I've bought a classic H&F England fretboard and peghead overlay, outstanding parts. After about an year of hesitation and thougths, I've started putting everything together. The result is quite nice but there's something that needs evaluation to decide if worth of a fix or not.
This is a pic of the overlay glued and shaped to the peghead
if you check the two twig-like inlays on top of the lower tuner holes have come to fall way too close to the edge. The neck I've used had a CNC shaped head and if compared to a 1934 Gibson appears to have deepest contour than the original. The inlays around the holes are well centered and even a hair or too lower than the correct center.

The question is: have I to consider this small issue and try a fix or just leave it this way. And in case of a fix, what's best?


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I don't know of anything you can do at this point. If the inlays are still totally in the peghead, in other words, they don't show on the edge of the peghead, I wouldn't do anything.

Jim thanks your reply.

Actually on the right side there's a small spot where the MOP is exposed. Very small issue, very easy to fix.
Since the banjo was intended to be finished as close as possible to an Earl Scruggs replica, i.e. with a black stained peghead and dark sunbursting on the side and back and the neck heel.
For this reason I was wondering if two small shaped-to-fit pieces of hardwood glued and filed/sanded down to the correct shape would give a bit of meat in that point. Joints to be stained and masked by the dark stain and the side bursting of course...
Not easy, but I'm tempted...
It's your instrument, leave it alone, in time it will look fine, especially after you put on the machines and strings. You could remove the plate and try again, but that's expensive. Or you could rout out the pearl, fill the spot and re-inlay it.
Thanks Rick.
Route-out the pearl has been my first idea, but I'm afraid it won't be easy and fear a major issue.
Keep it as is, it's exactly what I'm trying to convince me to do. But it takes strenght....


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