I have a very nice banjo around 3 years old, it has very fine ring cracks in the lacquer around the back of the neck right from the edge of the finger board to the other edge. There are about 12 of these very fine cracks and can only be seen in direct sunlight. Where the crack in the lacquer goes over the top of the neck binding it is clearly visible because it soaks up the sweat from my hands. Result is a dirty mark as if I drew a pencil mark on top of the binding. What would be the best method to treat this. The banjo is a Recording King Elight 75. I haave noticed that the Resonators lacquer is a lot thicker than the neck. Could that be the reason for all of thoes ring cracks around the neck? Ken
A friend of mine Russ Wooton built me a guitar in 98. He had a workshop on a housing estate, so at the time he hand brushed them with Rutins Clear Coat Plasic Floor coating as he did not want to upset the neighbours with the smell of thinners in the back gardens. He used this product for many years and only changed to Nitro when he moved house. The guitar has not suffered in any way over the years apart from some buckle marks on the back from a band member I lent it to at practice times. The coat was thick enough so I just cut it back. A very forgiving finish no cracks no nothing. Has any body else used this product?
Russ Wooton builds very fine guitars.
Cut it back? The guitars back was damaged from belt buckles as a lady friend played it at practices. So I used Tee Cut and cut it back about Thousands of an inch - Could have been more and just polished it up. The guitar has a plastic finish.
The banjo's Nitro so I'm going to tackle it a different way. Do some research first.
Thank's Andrew, the sight of a ugly dirty mark affends me, every time I look at it. It is at the 20th fret and it bugs me. There are other ones that may open up and let the dirt in. Well that's life.
Very small world. I use't to sing with Russ in the late 60's, maybe early 70's. We went to the same folk club together in Stourport worcestershire Uk. My guitar is also a 98 and is number 26. I had a Martin D35 before and the differance is like chalk and cheese. I have not met a Martin that can compete with the tone and volume of mine. I am just putting some Waverlys on as I find the neck heavy. I remember Russ when started to make guitars. He once told me it took him 120 hours to complete one. I wonder if he is any faster now. One things for sure you won't need a neck reset, as it goes through the body on to a block. No dove tail. Be interesting to know you guitar number.
"One things for sure you won't need a neck reset, as it goes through the body on to a block. No dove tail"
That only guarantees that you won't be able to do a neck reset, not that you won't need one.