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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Is this a Vega pre-Martin? Could be a good acquisition?


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drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/26/2021:  13:36:00


Hello there! I am trying to find out more about this Vega, which looks like pre or post-Martin. Possibly the model (Wonder 5?) How much could be worth. Thank you so much.


Edited by - drummerboy75 on 03/26/2021 18:26:41





 

Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/26/2021:  13:50:02


Pictures?? For all I can tell, it’s a Vega guitar or mandolin or even a Chevy Vega.

beegee - Posted - 03/26/2021:  16:18:17


No. Post Martin, probably Galaxy Trading from Korea. I estimate in the <$200 range



 


Edited by - beegee on 03/26/2021 16:19:18

Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/26/2021:  16:40:02


Did you look for a label by taking off the resonator/

drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/26/2021:  17:38:18


I don’t have the banjo. A seller does. He is selling for $300. I wonder if it actually sound decently or not worth at all. I could put those money in the piggy bank instead to buy a nice prewar!

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/26/2021:  17:39:15


Ditto what Bob Gaddis says.

drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/26/2021:  18:28:36


Or use it’s flange and resonator to convert my own 1964 Vega open back “Folk Wonder” into resonator. Possible?

drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/26/2021:  18:29:41


Anyway. Thank you so much for the clarifications.

The Old Timer - Posted - 03/26/2021:  20:17:22


That banjo in the photos is not good "parts" supply for improving a 1964 Folk Wonder. Sorry.

mikehalloran - Posted - 03/28/2021:  08:39:30


The inlays resemble the Martin V41. This is a Galaxy Trading made in Japan or Korea depending on the year. The Waverly style tailpiece makes it more likely Japan.



Ah, seeing the tuners. Definitely Japan. Late 1970s to early 1980s.


Edited by - mikehalloran on 03/28/2021 08:50:10

mikehalloran - Posted - 03/28/2021:  08:42:03



quote:

Originally posted by drummerboy75

Or use it’s flange and resonator to convert my own 1964 Vega open back “Folk Wonder” into resonator. Possible?



Nope. 


You need a Vega 2-piece bolt on flange — hard to find but not impossible. If you have onre of the earliest FWs with 28 brackets, PM me — I have the exact 4-piece bolt on flange you need.


 


quote:

Originally posted by The Old Timer

That banjo in the photos is not good "parts" supply for improving a 1964 Folk Wonder. Sorry.






Yep. A FW has a 10 15/16" pot. This VINO (Vega in name only) has an 11" pot. Very few of those parts are interchangeable.


Edited by - mikehalloran on 03/28/2021 08:45:42

mikehalloran - Posted - 03/28/2021:  08:48:11


quote:

Originally posted by beegee

No. Post Martin, probably Galaxy Trading from Korea. I estimate in the <$200 range



 






It's an arch top made in Japan. Perhaps a little more. $300 might be a reasonable price for this. 


Edited by - mikehalloran on 03/28/2021 08:50:41

drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/28/2021:  10:09:36


Thank you. So it’s made in Japan. Interesting.

drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/28/2021:  10:13:08


Maybe I should open a new thread with pics about my Vega and options for adding a resonator.

kayakeradam - Posted - 03/28/2021:  10:51:22


quote:

Originally posted by drummerboy75

Maybe I should open a new thread with pics about my Vega and options for adding a resonator.






I recognize those photos from a CL listing in NYC that's not still up. I mention because we've had a scammer pretending to sell a Martin Vega for $200 for a while. 

I'd make sure I had instrument in hand before giving any money. 

J.Albert - Posted - 03/28/2021:  11:02:46


From what I've read above, I'd let that one "pass by".
Look for something else...

Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/28/2021:  15:31:49


My read, given the discussion above, is that the answers to the questions posed in your post title are: No, and no.

drummerboy75 - Posted - 03/28/2021:  17:02:55


quote:

Originally posted by kayakeradam

I recognize those photos from a CL listing in NYC that's not still up. I mention because we've had a scammer pretending to sell a Martin Vega for $200 for a while. 

I'd make sure I had instrument in hand before giving any money. 






Thank you for the big heads up. It was an add on Facebook Marketplace. He said wasn't available, then the next day said yes. Maybe I can ask him to open the resonator and take a pic of the label. laugh

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