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Oct 5, 2021 - 7:58:09 PM
2559 posts since 3/2/2008

I bought a style n with a plectrum conversion neck . It is a nice Asian maple neck with the original Vega dowel stick . What would be a fair pricey sell it ?

Oct 5, 2021 - 9:08:36 PM

11839 posts since 10/27/2006

Hard to say, Gary. There’s a NO 3 Tubaphone plectrum open back in the Classifieds for $795.

I have a 1920s Senator plectrum with a case that I’m hoping to get $500 open or $600 with a close resonator. Same rim as an N.

An N with a non-Vega plectrum neck… yikes! The hardest task will be finding that ideal customer. He/she might be a guitar player who wants to play Celtic sessions tuned Chicago (open back with a rag between the dowel and head) or someone who wants to tackle the guitar/banjo book in a community theater pit orchestra (needs a resonator).

What size pot? Close resonators (no flange needed) aren’t that expensive for the 10 15/16” and 11 13/16” pots (I have some of each). The larger Vega resonators can be used with the 10 15/16” pot—hard part is finding 26 flange pieces for it. If an early 10 11/16” pot, open back is normally pretty much it though I do have an Elton aluminum resonator for that size in a parts box somewhere.

Other than that, what’s the hardware? How well does it play?

Without knowing more, I’d place the range between $300–$500 depending on the quality of the neck & hardware with a resonator placing it on the higher side.

I'm a big fan of Little Wonder/Senator plectrums. They have a throaty sound that cuts nicely with a tight head or with a loose head, you get that plucky sound that works well in trad sessions.

My 2¢

Edited by - mikehalloran on 10/05/2021 21:16:08

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