Roland Juno 60 resto part 5: Wood

The Juno 60 is possibly the last synthesizer in the Roland line to feature wood ends.  Jupiters’ 6 & 8 had brushed metal ends, the SH’s and RS’s by this time were electronic sandwiches with plastic for bread and the Juno 106 had plastic as well.  To say the Juno 60 has wood ends is somewhat of a stretch really, as  it’s really wood simulating sticker applied to particle board.

This particular Juno 60 had been treated poorly and the ends looked horrible, but for all their ghastly appearance they did the job they were made to do -they protected the rest of the synth from assaults to it’s flanks.  New factory replacements do not exist so replacements had to me made.  Good thing we are talking about wood here ’cause I know a guy named Paul…

Starting at the end for once.  Here you are -a pair of cheeks and front edging in Sepele -an African hardwood a lot like Mahogany but about $6/BF, with a walnut stain and satin urethane finish.

I had a lot of options here and they are listed below in order of cheapest to most expensive:

  1. Bondo the knicks in the originals and re-veneer them
  2. Cut new cheeks out of plywood and veneer them
  3. Make new hardwood thinner than stock cheek panels -3/4″
  4. Glue up 2 pieces of 3/4″ hardwood and cut thick cheeks
  5. Buy 1 1/4″ thick hardwood and cut them from single pieces

In the end I chose option 4.  The 5 foot piece of hardwood cost me $24 and the woodwork cost me $120.  I had to finish them myself but had stain and urethane left over from making some side panels for my Six Track and Prophet 600.  Expensive and a chunk of my ‘hourly wage to fix it’ money, but worth it I think.

Here’s my hanging to spray and dry set up.  I cut up a wire hanger to support these.   Front edge wood piece is in the background on the milk crate.

While the end pieces dry between coats I planned to paint the bottom of the bottom panel.  Gotta find a match for this brownSorry about the stripes.

I put my shoes on and grabbed the car keys then, as I was walking down the driveway realized my eaves were painted the same shade of brown.  I whipped out a can and painted this test.  Sure enough -the same or at least close enough.

Here’s the bottom assembled.  I’m missing two feet until a package shows up on Tuesday.  Brown looks pretty good for normal household latex.

Yeah -it’s a throw rug -I wish my house was all electric blue carpet!  Oh, and the bottom awaiting the last two feet.

From the top.  Looking good.

Okay, I got carried away and put some of the WIP components in to size it up.  Picture doesn’t do the wood justice.

Looks pretty good no?  Yep -those keys were mostly gold this time last week.

So Paul says he’s glad to make a batch of these of there’s interest.  Anyone?

Up next, the switches etc you thought you were going to get this time.

Part 4 is here.

Part 6 is here.


2 thoughts on “Roland Juno 60 resto part 5: Wood

  1. How did you get the original wood cheeks off the base board? My understanding is that Roland glued them in place? Did you use a solvent or heat to soften the epoxy or adhesive (not sure what they actually used to bond the pieces)? I’m thinking of trying your modification out for myself, since my Juno 60’s wood pieces look pretty sad (I can verify the definite use of particle board material). Cheers!

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