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The Seeger Long Neck - America's Third Banjo

Posted by phdm on Sunday, November 9, 2014


Here is a link to the article I wrote for the March, 2014 edition of Banjo Newsletter on the Seeger long neck banjo.  It was included in that month's edition which commemorated the life and times of Pete, who had died January 27, 2014 at age 94.




4 comments on “The Seeger Long Neck - America's Third Banjo”

mainejohn Says:
Sunday, November 16, 2014 @8:16:19 AM

Hi Pete...I've read your article before, but to read it again was just as much fun as it was the first time. Like many other "old folkies" I play a Vega longneck, mine being with a neck I made myself, fashioned after Pete's iconic 50's "lignum vitae" (we've had this discussion before, but it never gets old). If I were to take away all the enrichment that the banjo has given me, and all the friends I've made over my 64 years of playing, I'd probably be pretty lonely! Thanks for sharing.

phdm Says:
Sunday, November 16, 2014 @5:01:51 PM

John – thank you so much for your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed my article. It sounds to me as though your longneck banjo has had the same effect on your life as it is had on mine. I also discovered from your homepage that there is a Pete Seger music group in Banjo Hangout that I didn't know about. I have now joined.

Once again, thank you for your comments.


Joe Connor Says:
Monday, November 17, 2014 @6:38:07 AM

Fascinating article, Pete. Some unbelievable music was made (and continues to be made) on Vega longnecks.

Here's the link to an article BHO member Pete Curry did in 2002 with a lot of technical information on the Seeger longneck model:

While longneck fans may be a small segment of the banjo community, it is significant to note that Deering still makes the Seeger model (sans Pete's name) and that the price of vintage Vega Pete Seeger longnecks seems to be holding steady north of $3,000.

Joe Connor

phdm Says:
Monday, November 17, 2014 @8:59:57 AM

Thanks Joe - yes that article by Pete Curry is a gold mine of info on the long neck. Thanks for linking it.

Peter McKee

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