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LzChase - Posted - 05/04/2021:  03:37:30


I love this tune, but today I noticed the mystery banjo Chris is playing here.
I've never seen a Vega with a partial frailing scoop like that, and because I'm trying to learn everything there is to learn about the Vega line, Does anyone know the origins of this banjo? Has it been modified or is it a custom build? The peghead inlay style is one I often associate with Martin-Vega banjos, but then again, I could be wrong. Whatever it's origins are, it has a really nice depth to it and Chris is just the right man to play it.

youtube.com/watch?v=bwoWnLYw2nY

Stephen John Prior - Posted - 05/04/2021:  04:30:02


quote:

Originally posted by LzChase

I love this tune, but today I noticed the mystery banjo Chris is playing here.

I've never seen a Vega with a partial frailing scoop like that, and because I'm trying to learn everything there is to learn about the Vega line, Does anyone know the origins of this banjo? Has it been modified or is it a custom build? The peghead inlay style is one I often associate with Martin-Vega banjos, but then again, I could be wrong. Whatever it's origins are, it has a really nice depth to it and Chris is just the right man to play it.



youtube.com/watch?v=bwoWnLYw2nY






Asian built Tubaphone with a thumb scoop added later. I think !

Eric A - Posted - 05/04/2021:  05:51:23


omg, I think I read an old thread about precisely this banjo just last night. Now you've forced me to go into my internet history and re-trace my steps. Will update later if I find something. But yes, Steve above is on the right track, I think !


Edited by - Eric A on 05/04/2021 05:58:58

Eric A - Posted - 05/04/2021:  06:20:52


quote:

Originally posted by Eric A

omg, I think I read an old thread about precisely this banjo just last night. Now you've forced me to go into my internet history and re-trace my steps. Will update later if I find something. But yes, Steve above is on the right track, I think !






Well, my internet history is leading me to dead ends, but I found a couple of threads for you that may be on point. 



Basically, Vega made the VIP model in the 60's, a tubaphone banjo.  Sold to Martin who did what they could with it for a while, then sold to asian maker Galaxy Trading around 1979, and that was short lived as well.



banjohangout.org/archive/301993



banjohangout.org/archive/285013



What I had read was a thread by a guy who was a big Chris Coole fan and got the same banjo and tried to set it up the same way, even going so far as modifiying the upper frets to add a partial scoop for the 5th.  But of course that's the one thread that I can't find right now.



Good luck



 



 

kyleb - Posted - 05/04/2021:  06:33:52


Looks like it's missing some hooks too for some reason.

Eric A - Posted - 05/04/2021:  08:18:26


LOL, here it is, in yesterdays new classifieds listings!



banjohangout.org/classified/87106





 

Emiel - Posted - 05/04/2021:  09:17:33


Chris Coole loves the Japan-made Vega openback Tubaphone with the worn Fiberskyn head.

I don't see a scoope in this picture though:



LzChase - Posted - 05/04/2021:  09:49:06


quote:

Originally posted by Eric A

LOL, here it is, in yesterdays new classifieds listings!



banjohangout.org/classified/87106





 






Interesting, I had no idea Galaxy Trading owned Vega for a while

mikehalloran - Posted - 05/04/2021:  21:21:38


I contributed to and remember that thread. I’ve seen videos of him play with and without the scoop. Likewise, the wear patterns on the de-laminated Fibreskyn head change. Different ages or different banjos?



Anyway, Chris appears to be working with Deering these days.blog.deeringbanjos.com/chris-c...ring-live



>Interesting, I had no idea Galaxy Trading owned Vega for a while<



Galaxy Trading aka Vega of California owned the Vega brand between 1979–1989. Except for a few banjos made from parts acquired from CF Martin, these Vega banjos were made in Japan, then Korea.

Evan Swin - Posted - 05/04/2021:  21:33:46


quote:

Originally posted by Emiel

Chris Coole loves the Japan-made Vega openback Tubaphone with the worn Fiberskyn head.

I don't see a scoope in this picture though:



 






If you follow the fifth string down you'll see it turn into a partial scoop. 

Emiel - Posted - 05/04/2021:  22:27:11


quote:

Originally posted by Evan Swin

quote:

Originally posted by Emiel

Chris Coole loves the Japan-made Vega openback Tubaphone with the worn Fiberskyn head.

I don't see a scoope in this picture though:



 






If you follow the fifth string down you'll see it turn into a partial scoop. 






Thanks, I see it now.

Shop the Folk - Posted - 05/06/2021:  17:01:45


These Asian-built openback Tubby are copies of the very early FP-5 Model (with the same peghead shape as the PS-5s, changed later). A short-necked Seeger? Yep and one of my favorites.

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