The Regal tenor is more or less done. Whoo hoo. I'm a couple posts behind the actual finished work at this point. As I write this, I just need to do a fret level and crown. I wasn't planning to, because the frets show so little wear, but with the reset, there are some random buzzes on higher frets.
But meanwhile back to where I left it.
When you get fine quality tuners, you also get nice packaging. Check out the nice box.
Which, in a way, they are. They are very well made and are just beautiful. Compared to some of the other sets Waverly makes, these are not too expensive.
I spent about 5 minutes just looking at them before I took them out. I really didn't want to get my fingerprints on them. They're that nice.
As I found out later when I used them, they are super smooth. Just a delight to use.
Note the locator pin on the bottom of the case.
Then you just take the top nut/ferrule off as well as its washer.
I used an awl to make a tiny divot on the back of the headstock for the locating pin(s), but it's probably not critical. I think the pins would go into the headstock when the tuners are tightened down.
Stew-Mac sells different tuner buttons to fit these if you don't like the stock ivoroid. My friend opted for the stock buttons and they look terrific I think.
I have a set of these to put on my May-Bell tenor as well.
This is the 'before' shot of the top - it was fairly dirty and didn't have a lot of gloss.
I do a first pass with a weak solution of Simple Green in water - maybe a 15 to 1 ratio. Put that on a clean soft rag and have at it. Just dampen the rag - don't soak it.
You need to get the dirt off first - if you just polish you'll be grinding the dirt into the finish.
After a pass or two to get the worst of the grime off, I use Virtuoso cleaner followed by Virtuoso polish - both applied with a machine.
You can see the top has a nice gloss after cleaning and polishing.
The guitar may have been stained with a natural color stain before it was sprayed, but the wonderful amber color is due to the clear lacquer yellowing over time. Really a classic look.
I think I mentioned before that the top is spruce, and the back and sides are birch. Makes for a very light build.
Next, I'm cooking up a new bridge.