Original 1926 Gibson TB-2 tenor banjo in excellent condition. Client wants a five-string neck in place of the four-string for Bluegrass style playing. I want to make it as true to the original as I can.
Close-up of the inlay design. I will copy it exactly on the new neck.
I photographed the original banjo with a ruler to get an accurate tracing.
I then created an outline in Adobe Illustrator that I could use as a template for cutting the Mother-of-Pearl.
I glued the paper template onto the Mother-of-Pearl piece and cut it out with a jeweler's saw.
Here are all the pieces cut out.
Then I routed out the wood in the exact shape as the pearl piece.