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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Goose Acres Vega Conversion


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kyleb - Posted - 04/29/2022:  11:15:14


An old coworker just gave me this banjo, he got it from Pete Smakula years ago at goose acres. I'm really impressed with this neck, it's incredible. I'd love to hear more about goose acres and Pete smakula and what are your thoughts on this in terms of age / value etc.

Thanks

kyleb - Posted - 04/29/2022:  11:17:38


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csacwp - Posted - 04/29/2022:  11:31:48


Lucky you! I'm sure Bob will comment with more info, but I'll just say that Goose Acres banjos are fantastic. I've wanted an Electric model for some time, but they are hard to get a hold of.

jbalch - Posted - 04/29/2022:  12:28:29


I've owned a couple if Goose Acres T-12 banjos. I no longer have either now. But both were fantastic.



That must have been a "happening" place back in the day. Lots of well-known players and folks worked there and went through the doors.


Edited by - jbalch on 04/29/2022 12:29:29


the-fish - Posted - 04/29/2022:  12:34:51


Always wanted a GA electric, missed out in one years back and thought I’d see another someday, which I have, but all sold

debmurphy1 - Posted - 04/29/2022:  12:56:59


I was a teenager when I discovered Goose Acres. It was just a fun place to hang around in. I would drive up every few months to admire everything.

...Deb

Bufo Bill - Posted - 04/29/2022:  15:31:41


I think that's a Style N pot, or if there's a plain brass tone ring it's a Little Wonder. Lower end of the Vega spectrum price wise but not to be sniffed at in terms of quality and sound.
Never had the pleasure of seeing a Goose Acres instrument first hand, but with the pedigree of builders in that shop, how can you fail!
Cheers from Bill.

mikehalloran - Posted - 04/29/2022:  15:58:00


quote:

Originally posted by Bufo Bill

I think that's a Style N pot, or if there's a plain brass tone ring it's a Little Wonder. Lower end of the Vega spectrum price wise but not to be sniffed at in terms of quality and sound.

Never had the pleasure of seeing a Goose Acres instrument first hand, but with the pedigree of builders in that shop, how can you fail!

Cheers from Bill.






The Style N and Little Wonder both have Little Wonder tone ring — 1/4" round rod with a skirt sleeve. The differences are that the LW has 28 brackets, blonde maple finish and a notched stretcher—the plectrum/5-string was the Regent. The Style N has 26 brackets, a mahogany finish and a grooved stretcher (as the OP banjo does) — its plectrum/5 String counterpart was the Senator.


Edited by - mikehalloran on 04/29/2022 15:58:24

Bufo Bill - Posted - 04/30/2022:  10:01:36


I didn't know that, thanks Mike. Nice banjo anyway, great find Kyle.
Cheers from Bill.

Andy FitzGibbon - Posted - 04/30/2022:  10:34:21


Probably an earlier one, with the truss rod access on the peghead instead of at the heel and the older GA logo. There may be a three digit Goose Acres serial number stamped somewhere hidden (maybe visible once the neck is removed) with which Bob or I could look up the year it was made.



Andy


Edited by - Andy FitzGibbon on 04/30/2022 10:35:21

Bob Smakula - Posted - 04/30/2022:  11:48:08


I looked through the Goose Acres instrument log book and found what I think is the correct banjo. The neck was made in 1978 and installed on a Vega style N pot. The fellow we made the neck for had a stage name of Buckeye Slim. I didn't make note of his legal name, but I bet it is the same banjo. If you ever get around to dismantling the banjo, likely there will be the number 221 stamped on the end of the neck where it joins with the rim.



When Peter H. Smakula died in 2008 I put a memorial biography on my smakula.com web site. After 10 years I removed the information. Likely it Is available on a web archive site. The url was smakula.com/PHSObit.html



 



Bob Smakula


Edited by - Bob Smakula on 04/30/2022 11:51:13

cevant - Posted - 04/30/2022:  13:38:13


There is a nice GA banjo in the classifieds in case anyone is looking.

kyleb - Posted - 04/30/2022:  15:08:06


quote:

Originally posted by Bob Smakula

I looked through the Goose Acres instrument log book and found what I think is the correct banjo. The neck was made in 1978 and installed on a Vega style N pot. The fellow we made the neck for had a stage name of Buckeye Slim. I didn't make note of his legal name, but I bet it is the same banjo. If you ever get around to dismantling the banjo, likely there will be the number 221 stamped on the end of the neck where it joins with the rim.



When Peter H. Smakula died in 2008 I put a memorial biography on my smakula.com web site. After 10 years I removed the information. Likely it Is available on a web archive site. The url was smakula.com/PHSObit.html



 



Bob Smakula






Bob, his name is Mitch , I had the pleasure of working with him at Indiana university. Great guy. Used to play under that name.

Bob Smakula - Posted - 04/30/2022:  18:07:56


kyleb

I remember him and his wife fondly from the early days of the Goose Acres store front. Please send my regards when you see him next.

Bob Smakula

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