Anyone have a good photo of original two-foot Vega bridge like you see in their 1930s catalog? Particularly from the side (profile/thickness etc)? I’m working on a little restoration and I was gonna try and cut one of those and see how it sounds. TIA
Could you be more specific? 5 string or 4?
Looking for a 4 string (plectrum)...but I would guess they are rather similar. I can post a pic from catalog tomorrow.
Edited by - prossignol on 08/25/2019 19:03:23
I am no plectrum expert but by the 30s a plectrum banjo would have been sold with wire strings.
The bridge would have a ebony insert or top and they would have likely sourced them from Grover who was leading the industry in MFG of banjo bridges at the time.
I'll see if I can dig up a catalog page showing them.
Thank you! The one I was thinking of is like that No. 15. Does Grover make those, still? Or were they essentially replaced by the "Leader" bridge?
I appreciate you tracking that down. I found an odd pic of an old Vega bridge someone was selling on ebay, too.
Interesting. In the image in that Grover catalog, the ebony insert looks like it is really "inserted" into a groove in the maple body of the bridge. The examples I have seen look more like an ebony top/cap laminated to the top of the bridge (similar to most modern bridges). I wonder if that inset was a real thing, or if it was just an odd drawing?
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