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Apr 17, 2021 - 6:52:26 PM
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1162 posts since 3/21/2013

So I couldnt pass this up. It popped up at an estate sale and today i drove 2 hours to pick it up. It got better once I got it home and went through it, it's truly like a time capsule. All the original vega paperwork, strings, national picks, leather strap and original sale receipt.

I was saving for a wood rim ODE i saw on Bernunzio, but held off because it had a headstock repair that Im not sure I felt comfortable with. But this was a heck of a consolation price.

I am sharing in hopes some Vega fans might enjoy all the paperwork. Also, I dont think I have ever seen the sunburst version like this... I have always been a fan of gibsons...

Anyways, thanks for letting me share.




Edited by - jun3machina on 04/17/2021 18:55:55

Apr 17, 2021 - 7:05:12 PM
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1162 posts since 3/21/2013

Somehow the post ate my photos and text.. lets try again








Apr 17, 2021 - 7:37:54 PM
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11285 posts since 10/27/2006

Great find. Show a side picture including the arm rest and I'll know if it's original.

Apr 17, 2021 - 8:13:11 PM
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1162 posts since 3/21/2013

Armrest




Apr 17, 2021 - 8:23:24 PM
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1121 posts since 1/9/2012

It looks brand new!  Thanks for sharing.

Edited by - davidppp on 04/17/2021 20:24:13

Apr 17, 2021 - 8:24:44 PM
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301 posts since 11/29/2012

Congrats! That PS-5 found you! I really love the sound...I put an ODE tailpiece on mine a la Mike Halloran, heavy gauge OME strings tuned dGBF#A, and a Renaissance head, but about to put a goat skin on it. Mine had old Schallers, but the Eltons were in the case and I switched them back. That PS-5 is near mint, so cool!

Apr 17, 2021 - 8:47 PM
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oh nice setup! I have always been a fan of calf or goat hide. I may switch that out later on. It's surprisingly good condition. I had never heard of the estate sale establishment so i kinda took a risk. But the pictures looked fairly good. it has the original owners name on the case as well. the case is the Vega Lifton case.

Apr 17, 2021 - 9:02:35 PM
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301 posts since 11/29/2012

My fave is the "Care of Your Banjo" instructions, typed at their Boston front office. The calfskin tightening until you hear a "snappy staccato sound"--alliteration! Anyway, again, congrats...I'm sure that's the most unplayed, clean PS-5 anyone's seen in a long while!

Apr 17, 2021 - 9:02:36 PM
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bittersweet, but i looked up the owners name... legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/...195794301

Apr 18, 2021 - 2:06:27 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

The back of the neck has that sunburst.
Nice preservation, way to go.
Now you are a longnecketeer, special privileges at the turtle wash.
These longnecks were ugly ducklings.
Now, these long years later we are a big flock of swans.
They look like they are playing just sitting there.
Very well done.


Apr 18, 2021 - 4:45:40 AM
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Eric A

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1134 posts since 10/15/2019

My Folk Wonder has those instructions in the case. It's a cool thing to have.
Congrats!

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:17:01 AM
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306 posts since 4/18/2014

That is super cool! Congrats!!! I too am on the hunt for a long neck. If you are referring to the ODE Style A that is on the Bernuizo website now, I checked it out and played it last week. The damage is pretty minor and the repair is very solid. My hesitation is getting a long neck without a truss rod. Enjoy that cool new banjo!

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:36:11 AM

301 posts since 11/29/2012

The truss rod on the Style A is accessible by removing the neck. The access point is at the base of the heel where the neck meets the pot.
banjohangout.org/my/CosmicCharlie24

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:40:42 AM

306 posts since 4/18/2014

Thanks Mark! Good to know. I appreciate the info!

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:42:22 AM

6068 posts since 10/13/2007

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the plastic material around the 4th string post on the peghead? Is that standard on these?
ken

Apr 18, 2021 - 7:25:14 AM
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JSB88

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207 posts since 3/9/2017

quote:
Originally posted by jun3machina

bittersweet, but i looked up the owners name... legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/...195794301


I think it's excellent you posted this, gives context and some continuity, if you see what I mean. Also, lovely banjo

Apr 18, 2021 - 8:32:54 AM
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1377 posts since 3/1/2012

Terrific find!
Because of Pete Seeger’s influence, all the early ‘60s folk groups had a banjo player with a long neck banjo. However, unlike Pete, they all played it with a capo, which negated any benefits that a long neck might have.

Apr 18, 2021 - 9:06:05 AM

1162 posts since 3/21/2013

quote:
Originally posted by CosmicCharlie24

That is super cool! Congrats!!! I too am on the hunt for a long neck. If you are referring to the ODE Style A that is on the Bernuizo website now, I checked it out and played it last week. The damage is pretty minor and the repair is very solid. My hesitation is getting a long neck without a truss rod. Enjoy that cool new banjo!


oh nice! it's beautiful. It is so hard to see the state of something in pictures. to me it looked like 2 breaks, well repaired... I just didnt quite know if the string tension over the years would affect it.  I also have no clue if the wood rim is heavier or lighter than the aluminum ones. 

Apr 18, 2021 - 9:18:26 AM

1162 posts since 3/21/2013

quote:
Originally posted by JSB88
quote:
Originally posted by jun3machina

bittersweet, but i looked up the owners name... legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/...195794301


I think it's excellent you posted this, gives context and some continuity, if you see what I mean. Also, lovely banjo


agreed. I am a bit of history lover myself. I realize the majority of antiques owners have now since past. What I thought was neat here was his Standford schooling, as there's a small hang tag on the outside of the banjo case with his addresses. I believe it was purchased in RI, and then he took it with him out to Stanford while in school. The address tag bears both addresses. Also of note, the school he went to as a child in Ojai is about a 20 minute drive from where I live. Ojai is one of my favorite places. So in that way, it is neat to become it's caretaker now. 

Apr 18, 2021 - 9:23:05 AM
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Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the plastic material around the 4th string post on the peghead? Is that standard on these?
ken


i think you mean the truss rod cover?

Apr 18, 2021 - 10:01:36 AM

6068 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by jun3machina
quote:
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the plastic material around the 4th string post on the peghead? Is that standard on these?
ken


i think you mean the truss rod cover?


It looked the same as the truss rod cover in his peg head picture but maybe it is where the dust is wiped off. blush Well great find anyway. Congratulations.

ken

Apr 18, 2021 - 10:13:22 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

I think it's an illusion.

Apr 18, 2021 - 10:55:48 AM

1162 posts since 3/21/2013

Oh yes, its dusty. I need to wipe it down

Apr 18, 2021 - 11:46:06 AM
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2685 posts since 4/16/2003

I'd print out Mr. Mothershead's obituary, and keep it along with the original documents in an envelope, as part of the banjo's legacy and provenance.

And remember him, now and then, as you're playin' it...!

Apr 18, 2021 - 1:05:35 PM
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11285 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by jun3machina

Armrest


is a replacement. The original would have been a chrome plated, unbranded Elton with adjustable posts that often became "un-brazed" and subsequently replaced. I found mine in a parts box I acquired from a music store that went out of business along with another branded Elton that I still have.

Edited by - mikehalloran on 04/18/2021 13:09:30

Apr 18, 2021 - 1:15:42 PM

1162 posts since 3/21/2013

quote:
Originally posted by mikehalloran
quote:
Originally posted by jun3machina

Armrest


is a replacement. The original would have been a chrome plated, unbranded Elton with adjustable posts that often became "un-brazed" and subsequently replaced. I found mine in a parts box I acquired from a music store that went out of business along with another branded Elton that I still have.

 

 


Good eye! Are they very hard to find? Curious what the side attachment looks like now. I'll have to keep my eyes open for one. 

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