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Aug 4, 2020 - 7:12:37 AM
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Daive

Canada

68 posts since 7/2/2004

this is my second try to get some info on this banjo I have by trade.
serial# 99747 questions is this the same pot as Pete Seeger model?
it has tubaphone style tone ring with bracket band 28 hooks 27" scale
looks all original,previous owner screwed a plywood ring to bottom of
rim and looks like he shortened nuts to clear would they have been closed
end nuts?What about the value of this banjo once cleaned up fretjob etc.








Aug 4, 2020 - 7:18:03 AM
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Use strong or colored light and see if there is any trace remaining of the model designation that would have been written by hand in ink, just below the serial number. The pot looks like a Seeger, but the neck looks like a Pro 5 string. I might hazard a guess that the pot and neck are not original to each other. Perhaps someone took off the long Seeger neck to try to make a "regular" 5 string banjo for bluegrass?

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:17 AM

173 posts since 11/29/2012

My '61 is a Vega FP-5, a "Folk Professional" in their catalog. I'd be interested in yours like it sits to use live for different tunings, if you're interested...That said, I play mine. The original tailpiece is in the case, and I added a Liberty Bearclaw. I have a PS-5 long neck as well: the rims are a little different, there are two coordinator rods on the long neck, and the set screws, which adjust the neck angle and rest on a metal plate under the heel, are beefier on the long neck . The nuts are correct and not modified. Do you have the truss rod cover and coordinator rod? Cheers!




Edited by - 35planar on 08/04/2020 08:28:22

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:23:36 AM
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1322 posts since 11/15/2010

I have a '59 Vega Professional. Mine has a dowel stick and a resonator, which makes it a good player for both clawhammer and bluegrass. 

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:24:01 AM
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21 posts since 1/1/2009

That's a Folk Professional 5-string (FP-5), great banjos in my opinion. Would probably have had a resonator. It looks all original. The tubaphone ring is good for bluegrass or oldtime playing. Without a resonator those nuts do kinda stick into you. I paid about $800 for mine about 15 years ago.

I had one back in the 70s. I didn't like the block inlays then. I took it to Bucks County Folk Music shop and asked if they could replace the block inlays. The guy looked at it and said, "You could. But it would be like taking some skin off your ass and grafting it on your nose... you could always tell."

I traded it for a Goose Acres in the 80s, which I still love, but always regretted losing that FP-5 and so found another one. I left the funky inlays alone.

Aug 4, 2020 - 5:33:11 PM
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970 posts since 12/8/2006

The FP-5 is a 'short neck' Bob Gibson long neck. Earlier FP-5s had Seeger-type peghead shapes. I think they were always sold openback. Your 28 bracket FP-5 is a fantastic banjo, you are a lucky guy to have it. Paul

Aug 4, 2020 - 7:04:28 PM
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Daive

Canada

68 posts since 7/2/2004

Many thanks for the info on the banjo it is complete just missing binding that was under the ? sliding 5th string capo and need's complete fret job,truss rod works fine and the cover/screws are all ok
and the tailpiece looks original I'll do the work in the fall and list it on the hangout.
I am typing this on my chromebook but I had to use another computer to post the photos it's time
for a new tablet to make things easier,stay safe all my fellow members
Dave

Aug 4, 2020 - 7:06:56 PM
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5317 posts since 9/16/2004

quote:
Originally posted by 35planar

My '61 is a Vega FP-5, a "Folk Professional" in their catalog. I'd be interested in yours like it sits to use live for different tunings, if you're interested...That said, I play mine. The original tailpiece is in the case, and I added a Liberty Bearclaw. I have a PS-5 long neck as well: the rims are a little different, there are two coordinator rods on the long neck, and the set screws, which adjust the neck angle and rest on a metal plate under the heel, are beefier on the long neck . The nuts are correct and not modified. Do you have the truss rod cover and coordinator rod? Cheers!


For the sake of confusion, here's the inside of my 61 PS-5


Aug 4, 2020 - 7:11:42 PM

173 posts since 11/29/2012

As I usually state when I comment on here: there are folks far more knowledgeable than me on BHO! That PS5 with a single corod is news to me...very cool!

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