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Feb 25, 2024 - 9:09:22 PM
2 posts since 1/2/2020

Greetings! I have a Vega Little Wonder (1926 or so) and wish to convert it to a 5-string. So, I'm looking for a Regent 5-string doweled neck.

Thanks.

Edited by - Mandemando on 02/25/2024 21:09:58

Feb 26, 2024 - 6:00:06 AM
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4696 posts since 3/6/2006

Do you have the original Wonder dowel stick? If so, and if I were you, I'd just go ahead and remove it from its tenor neck and use that with your conversion neck, which is pretty common, unless, of course, you want to keep the original neck and dowel stick intact.

Feb 26, 2024 - 11:15:31 AM

2 posts since 1/2/2020

Hey mainejohn , thanks for the advice. Yes I have the original neck. It is the split maple (?) with the black slice down the middle. I kinda hate to dismantle it, however, I'm game if it isn't too difficult. So next question, what kind of 5-string neck is recommended if I go that way? I want to keep cost down (spending too much on instruments lately!) but want to have a decent clawhammer set up. Appreciate any advice.

Feb 26, 2024 - 2:01:05 PM

4696 posts since 3/6/2006

I'd keep the Wonder neck and dowel stick intact. If you acquire a conversion neck, there's really no reason to have an original Regent dowel stick, and it can be tricky to remove an original dowel stick. It usually involves drilling two pin holes into the joint and injecting steam which warms up the original hide glue enough so that the dowel stick can be removed. A new dowel stick can be made by whoever is making the repro neck. A quality repro neck which will match your vintage Wonder pot won't be cheap, but you might look into ready-made Eastman necks (I think Bernunzio in Rochester NY sells them...they're made in China). I have an original Regent with the original 5 string neck that I've owned since 1962. It has served me well, and the Eastman neck is a good repro of the original. Or you could look into finding a luthier that'll make one for you, and there are some on BHO that you might reach out to.

Mar 4, 2024 - 5:16:43 PM

13071 posts since 10/27/2006

A Regent stamped dowel would have come on a plectrum ot 5 string only. Can't say I've ever seen either not attached to a pot. 

I have plenty of pictures of my Regent 5 string neck from the same era. Essentially, it and the Whyte Ladye were the same except that the heel of the WL was cut for a bracket band and the R was not. Neither of them would have had a headstock inlay. After I sold mine to Intermountain, they added a star to the headstock.

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