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1965 Vega Whyte Laydie Five String

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Aug 4, 2020 - 8:12:49 AM
5317 posts since 9/16/2004

Has anyone seen a 1965 Vega Whyte Laydie five string resonator banjo?

The story is; The production began with an order to replace the Whyte Laydie Grandpa Jones lost in a fire. Supposetly, Vega made an additional nine.

Aug 4, 2020 - 3:03:29 PM

13249 posts since 10/30/2008

I have a read a few references to 1960s Whyte Laydies here on BHO. I've never encountered one but I'm willing to believe they exist.

Aug 4, 2020 - 6:47:16 PM

5317 posts since 9/16/2004

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

I have a read a few references to 1960s Whyte Laydies here on BHO. I've never encountered one but I'm willing to believe they exist.


I can guarantee you that one did exist.   I bought it new at Marina Music, San Francisco in 1970 then sold it in 75 to the 5th String on Scott Street.   It has my name written on the heal, where it mates to the rim.   I want it back.

Description:  All blonde maple with an ebony fingerboard, a twenties style Tubaphone peghead with VEGA written in block letters.   It had a Waverly tailpiece and a four piece flange like a 60's Tubaphone.  All original.

Aug 4, 2020 - 7:43:27 PM

10820 posts since 10/27/2006

The story best as Mike Longworth could remember is that at least a dozen WL rings were ordered from Waverly. 9 or 10 or so went into the Sonny Osborne banjos. Martin built a banjo from the one that they got after the sale of Vega. I know of one PS-5 Pete Seeger.

Every count seems to be more than 12 but no one really knew.

Vega records were incomplete per Mr. Longworth who tried to reconstruct as much Vega history as he could after the sale to Martin.

If Stew-Mac has any of those old ledgers showing what Vega ordered over the years, no one is talking about it. One person has told me that quite a bit of Waverly went into the dumpster after the sale. He's a member here but has never posted on that subject to my knowledge.

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:06:05 PM

3866 posts since 5/1/2003

It's not original,but I just had a 1924 white lady pot transplanted into a '64 Folk Ranger. It surprises me how much I like the tone coming from that banjo.

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