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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Find date of make for a serial number of a Vega banjo


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kdmax - Posted - 01/18/2024:  11:09:09


I spotted a used Vega with a serial number of A-101524. and trying to figure out the year it was made. Where can I go to find out this information? Just happened upon a used Vega for $400. It is missing a string. Should I go for it.

restreet - Posted - 01/18/2024:  11:43:45


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Edited by - restreet on 01/18/2024 11:56:45

restreet - Posted - 01/18/2024:  11:59:53


mugwumps.com/acf_date.html

The Old Timer - Posted - 01/18/2024:  12:43:10


Vegas with the A prefix date "generally" from the 1960s era.

I found that the third digit was a fair approximation of which of the 1960s it was made in. Your 101 suggests to me it was made circa 1961.

Buying a banjo with a missing string is not an issue. But if you don't know this, it suggests you might not notice other problems with the banjo, like missing parts, or cracks. Can you get a banjo friend to check this banjo out for you?

Culloden - Posted - 01/18/2024:  13:53:41


Dick is right about the year. 1961. The A stands for adjustable truss rod.
Even if it is a Ranger, which is the lowest priced model Vega made at that time, $400 sounds like a fair price if it doesn't have any structural damage.

J.Albert - Posted - 01/20/2024:  11:43:18


If possible, take a few phone pics of it, and post them at your BHO home page.



Others here will look at them and tell you what it is...

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