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Nov 22, 2019 - 2:48:53 PM
196 posts since 12/7/2017

Just looking at these pics, can someone tell in which era this Vega was made and which model ? Thanks




Nov 22, 2019 - 2:58:42 PM

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We need "a little more" to go. Does it have metal coordinator rods, or a square wooden "dowel stick" inside? the decal on the peghead looks like 1950s/60s.

We need a look at the outsides and insides of the pot to reply with more confidence. Tone ring, model marking inside, etc.

For now I'm going to GUESS 1950s.

Nov 22, 2019 - 4:22:23 PM

196 posts since 12/7/2017

Indeed we need more but this is from an ad and the seller never replied to my inquiry, hence my question here.

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:40:02 AM
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Dick's guess is probably about right. It's unfortunate that the seller is a bozo and won't answer your inquiry. Even if he sold this, it's still rude not to respond.

Nov 23, 2019 - 2:29:52 PM

2731 posts since 5/29/2011

If that's the one on eBay that's for sale by Parker Pawn shop in Colorado it should be from the 1950's right before they went to the guitar style peghead. I have been watching that one, too, with an idea of making a five string neck for it. The price is fair but the shipping is a deal breaker.

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:21:58 PM

10465 posts since 10/27/2006

All we can tell is '28 to 1961 or so. 28 brackets and 4-piece flange is the only clue we have from those pictures.

But what about the decal? Ok, what about it?

It tells us nothing. If the decal was applied when the banjo was new, this is post WWII to 1961 or so when they went to 24 brackets. If made prior and went in for repair, Vega would have applied that decal before shipping it out.

The only light blue felt Vega case I ever owned was the OE for my c. 1925 Tubaphone NO 3 5 string.

My 1924 Imperial Electric had that decal and open end ball hooks introduced in the late 1920s. The decal was applied over a professionally repaired headstock break at one of the tuners leaving no doubt what happened, where and when. I had enough vintage ball end nuts to replace all 28 and those nuts from the '50s—'60s allowed me to install a complete set in great shape on my early '60s PS-5.

Gibson did the same thing to their older, plain headstock instruments. Nothing like seeing a 'teens A mandolin with a gold block letter decal from the 1960s to make you think, What the …?

Edited by - mikehalloran on 11/23/2019 16:29:03

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:48:43 PM
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rcc56

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2339 posts since 2/20/2016

quote:
Originally posted by mikehalloran

 



Gibson did the same thing to their older, plain headstock instruments. Nothing like seeing a 'teens A mandolin with a gold block letter decal from the 1960s to make you think, What the …?


Yes, and I have now seen enough of those that it no longer makes me bat an eye.

Edited by - rcc56 on 11/23/2019 17:49:57

Dec 2, 2019 - 12:54:46 PM

196 posts since 12/7/2017

I got the serial number : 87325 (rim and dowel stick)
It's a little wonder

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