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Aug 25, 2019 - 5:00:33 PM
263 posts since 9/27/2006

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

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:37:58 PM

4584 posts since 9/21/2007

Could you be more specific? 5 string or 4?

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:58:09 PM

263 posts since 9/27/2006

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

Aug 26, 2019 - 6:33:09 AM

4584 posts since 9/21/2007

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.

Aug 26, 2019 - 6:36:03 AM

4584 posts since 9/21/2007

Aug 26, 2019 - 9:15:05 AM

263 posts since 9/27/2006

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.

Aug 26, 2019 - 9:42:02 AM

263 posts since 9/27/2006

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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