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Just got one of the new Vega White Oak Longneck Banjos

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I finally pulled the trigger last week and order one of the new Vega White Oak Long Neck Banjos. I chose the 12" pot version (it also comes with an 11" pot as well). I was told it would ship from Deering on or around December 6th, but to my surprise it arrived yesterday and i picked it up today. Color me a very happy camper for sure. It is everything I hoped it would be and I already am in love with this instrument. The new process dying of the maple fingerboard looks great and the inlayed Griffin in the peghead is mighty fine looking. I've played the "normal" neck White Oak and now the long neck and these are spectacularly great open back banjos. If you get a chance you should see and hear and play one in person.

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Playing Since: 1974
Experience Level: Purty Good

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Occupation: Musician

Gender: Male
Age: 69

My Instruments:
Deering Old Tyme Wonder 5-String, Framus Mahagony Resonator 5-string

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Bela Fleck, The Flecktones, The Duhks, Crooked Still, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Alsion Cross and Uniion Station, The Intangibles, Sam Bush, Townes Van Zandt, Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Brozman, Woody Mann, Steve James

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Don Fitzwater brings an eclectic blend of acoustic music to the stage featuring offerings from traditional folk and roots music to the work of contemporary singer-songwriters in addition to his own compositions. Don first started playing guitar and keyboards back in High School. He gigged around the midwest in assorted R&B bands as well as playing music in the Wisconsin-based acoustic music duo known as "Woodenships" in the early seventies. He then relocated to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) where he worked in professional theater for a decade and a half. Followed by more than a decade working in the computer industry as a systems analyst and consultant. Now he's back to his music and loving it! His style is very eclectic and includes elements from folk, acoustic rock, blues, calypso, country and Tin Pan Alley novelty songs. His influences include: Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Son House, Bob Brozman and Norman Blake. Don is also very heavily into resophonic guitars (in the photo on this page Don is playing his prized National Estralita Deluxe Custom Koa guitar, just one of the resophonic guitars Don owns) and is one of the organizers of the Twin Cities Resophonic Guitar Festival held each year in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He plays Keyboards and Banjo with a Twin Cities Band called the Intangibles as well as playing, Banjo, Guitar and Mandolin in a String Band known as The Rhythm Pups.

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