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Vega headstock but what model?

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Jun 2, 2020 - 10:22:17 PM

badbob

USA

52 posts since 6/13/2010

Clues? Thanks!


Jun 3, 2020 - 12:17:19 AM

deke46

Australia

111 posts since 8/30/2009

Hi Bob,
Doesn`t look like any Vega I`ve ever seen, purfling, inlays, flange, flat hooks ?
I`d hazard a guess and say Stromberg Voisinet., The torchy, wreathy inlay on the peghead was used by several makers at the time.
Just a guess!
Deke.

Jun 3, 2020 - 2:58:25 AM

1597 posts since 1/13/2012

It's not a Vega. That "medical torch" peghead inlay pattern was not 100% specific to
Vega... it sometimes made its' way onto other manufacturers' instruments.

Jun 3, 2020 - 3:07:38 AM
like this

4656 posts since 3/22/2008

Your banjo is a Kay.
The Stromberg Voisinet name was changed to Kay in July 1931.
The banjo should have a screw in the bottom of the heel and the Kay neck adjuster between neck and rim.

Jun 3, 2020 - 8:56:03 AM

badbob

USA

52 posts since 6/13/2010

Wow, You guys nailed it, found a similar one, it said Kay thank you once again for your knowledge and sharing.

Jun 3, 2020 - 10:07:24 AM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

The pot looked like an ornamented Kay to me too.

Jun 3, 2020 - 12:38:28 PM

7253 posts since 8/28/2013

This is the famous Kay "Zipper Binding" model. Before the introduction of this model, Kay decorated their banjos with buttons, and before that, they used hooks and eyes.

Jun 5, 2020 - 8:32:04 PM

10742 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

This is the famous Kay "Zipper Binding" model. Before the introduction of this model, Kay decorated their banjos with buttons, and before that, they used hooks and eyes.


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