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TheBanjoDoctor

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since 8/10/10

07/17/2017 06:26:35 View TheBanjoDoctor's MP3 Archive View TheBanjoDoctor's Classified Ads View TheBanjoDoctor's Photo Albums View TheBanjoDoctor's Blog Reply with Quote

Hey there fellas.  I recently picked up a Vega folk ranger 5 string.  SN dates it to 1964.  but i tried doing more reserch on it and one thing is different from all the ones i see on line.  where it has the model number on mine it says FRS-5.  where as all the ones i see on the web just say FR-5.  Does anyone know what the "S" stands for?  i dont know if it matters but on the yellow tag where this is all at the SN is stamped. and the model appears to be hand written. And lastly it has the planetary style geared tuners as well i saw one online with the same deal but anyhow any input would be appreciated.  

 

An sorry no pictures i am at work at the moment and cant post anything. thanks in adavance.  -Donny.


Edited by - TheBanjoDoctor on 07/17/2017 07:00:08

maneckep

United States
1136 posts since 6/2/10

07/17/2017 07:18:08View maneckep's MP3 Archive View maneckep's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I am guessing the S stands for Special. It might be something as simple as a special order with the planet tuners. I think the guitar style were standard on the Folk Models.


Edited by - maneckep on 07/17/2017 07:19:33

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mikehalloranPlayers Union Member

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9207 posts since 10/27/06

07/17/2017 09:35:24 View mikehalloran's Classified Ads Reply with Quote

Does it have a sliding 5th string capo?

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TheBanjoDoctor

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1071 posts since 8/10/10

07/17/2017 10:22:36View TheBanjoDoctor's MP3 Archive View TheBanjoDoctor's Classified Ads View TheBanjoDoctor's Photo Albums View TheBanjoDoctor's Blog Reply with Quote

No it does not. 

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TheBanjoDoctor

United States
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07/17/2017 11:33:24View TheBanjoDoctor's MP3 Archive View TheBanjoDoctor's Classified Ads View TheBanjoDoctor's Photo Albums View TheBanjoDoctor's Blog Reply with Quote

And yes i am thinking the same thing that the S stands for special.  makes the most sense i suppose.

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BDCAPlayers Union Member

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5466 posts since 1/30/07

07/17/2017 18:34:46View BDCA's MP3 Archive View BDCA's Classified Ads View BDCA's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Brings back memories! This pic is circa 1965 and is a picture of my prep school history teacher checking out my banjo. Turns out Mac was a better banjo player than history teacher..

Bob



   
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mikehalloranPlayers Union Member

United States
9207 posts since 10/27/06

07/18/2017 18:20:47 View mikehalloran's Classified Ads Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by maneckep
 

I am guessing the S stands for Special. It might be something as simple as a special order with the planet tuners. I think the guitar style were standard on the Folk Models.


Nearly every FR has side gear tuners. You should be able to see filled holes if this one had them. Depending on the year, Elton pancake or ODE modified Schallers would have been the upgrade.

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BDCAPlayers Union Member

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5466 posts since 1/30/07

07/19/2017 11:14:35View BDCA's MP3 Archive View BDCA's Classified Ads View BDCA's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

As you can see in the picture with Mac Benford and attached, my folk ranger had standard banjo tuners



   
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TheBanjoDoctor

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1071 posts since 8/10/10

07/22/2017 12:58:38View TheBanjoDoctor's MP3 Archive View TheBanjoDoctor's Classified Ads View TheBanjoDoctor's Photo Albums View TheBanjoDoctor's Blog Reply with Quote

i will try to post some pictures tonight when i get home.  so maybe it can be identified a little easier.  again it for sure has a hoop "tone ring" and the normal geared planetary style tuners.  and it checked for existing holes already and it doesnt have them.  or any evidence of them being filled in.  thanks and ill try to post those tonight.  thx.

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lbartosh

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243 posts since 3/27/11

07/22/2017 15:04:50View lbartosh's MP3 Archive View lbartosh's Photo Albums View lbartosh's Blog Send lbartosh an AOL message Reply with Quote

I have a standard 5 string vega ranger that my dad bought new for me in 1966. Guess I'll keep it til I die. Right now it's filled with foam and has a k and k pickup.

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TheBanjoDoctor

United States
1071 posts since 8/10/10

07/22/2017 22:59:31View TheBanjoDoctor's MP3 Archive View TheBanjoDoctor's Classified Ads View TheBanjoDoctor's Photo Albums View TheBanjoDoctor's Blog Reply with Quote

Okay so I couldn't figure out how to upload pics to the forum but the last 3 pics in my photo album are of the banjo with the tuners the brass ring and the model number.... Please take a look and see if it can identify it at all thanks.

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TheBanjoDoctor

United States
1071 posts since 8/10/10

07/22/2017 23:10:53View TheBanjoDoctor's MP3 Archive View TheBanjoDoctor's Classified Ads View TheBanjoDoctor's Photo Albums View TheBanjoDoctor's Blog Reply with Quote

I appreciate the reminiscent photos you guys posted witch are great but I am trying to find out out more info on the banjo that I have here.... So any info would be very greatly appreciated.... Thanks....

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