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Jun 21, 2021 - 11:25:49 AM

Dirtbag2

Canada

4 posts since 6/20/2021

Looking for any info on this thing, it has no serial number that I can find anywhere, not even inside the resonator. From what ive read it could be a Korean Galaxy Vega but not sure. And not sure it's value.
Anyone know how old it might be or what it could be worth? I think i got a steal of a deal on it. She's in mint condition.. strings need replacing as they're a little old dead and rusty but the banjo itself is like brand new. Even with the old strings has a good sound, I'm really enjoying playing it. A lot different than guitar which is what I normally play bit I'm picking it up.

Paid $80 Canadian for it. Lol




 

Edited by - Dirtbag2 on 06/21/2021 11:30:54

Jun 21, 2021 - 11:31:09 AM
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15260 posts since 12/2/2005

$80 is a good deal.

Looks like an Asian-built instrument from back in the days when the Vega brand was owned by Galaxy. '90s era, if memory serves.

Jun 21, 2021 - 12:01:17 PM
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14082 posts since 10/30/2008

EXCELLENT buy if nothing's busted! Well done. Might be as early as 1980s.

Jun 21, 2021 - 2:07 PM
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Helix

USA

14221 posts since 8/30/2006

Now play!!

Jun 22, 2021 - 3:12:16 AM

5012 posts since 6/30/2020

Nice looking rig and looks to be in great shape! $80 is a steel on any instrument these days, even a wall hanger.
I’m a guitar player also (55 years) and in the day I’ve had a few budget finger bleeders (which in today’s market are commanding high prices as Blues fingerstyle guitars) on which I learned set up skills. With a bit of attention, even inexpensive instruments can be made to perform well and produce an acceptable sound.
Enjoy your banjo journey.

Jun 22, 2021 - 8:22:14 AM
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1521 posts since 2/9/2007

Looks newer than that to me, in which case the Vega logo would have been added to the banjo, which may well have not had any brand on the peghead originally.

I'd say that one's similar, if not identical, to the Recording King "Songster", which is a nice intermediate-grade banjo. If there's nothing seriously wrong with it, it's worth ~4x what you paid.

Jun 22, 2021 - 5:26:46 PM

Dirtbag2

Canada

4 posts since 6/20/2021

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Originally posted by Dan Gellert

Looks newer than that to me, in which case the Vega logo would have been added to the banjo, which may well have not had any brand on the peghead originally.

I'd say that one's similar, if not identical, to the Recording King "Songster", which is a nice intermediate-grade banjo. If there's nothing seriously wrong with it, it's worth ~4x what you paid.


I think you nailed it! I looked that up and it looks identical to this one. It is a pretty nice banjo, has beautifully finished mahogany resonator and rosewood fretboard, nice fit and finish and its in mint condition.

Do you happen to know who built these banjos?

Jun 22, 2021 - 9:38:34 PM
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11540 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

Looks newer than that to me, in which case the Vega logo would have been added to the banjo, which may well have not had any brand on the peghead originally.

I'd say that one's similar, if not identical, to the Recording King "Songster", which is a nice intermediate-grade banjo. If there's nothing seriously wrong with it, it's worth ~4x what you paid.


Yep. Same banjo. I don't know if I've ever seen a Japanese version of that — Scott Z would know — but the first RK R20 Songsters were also made in Korea putting this Vega version in the mid or late 1980s—if Japanese that would be 1979–'83 or so. Deering bought Vega from Galaxy (aka Vega of California) in 1989.

This banjo can have any of hundreds of brand names or none. It's still being made but now in China. Absolutely alright for learning and enjoying.

$80 very well spent!

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