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Feb 28, 2024 - 10:29:23 AM
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58 posts since 10/25/2007

I wanted to share some pictures of my Vega Eddie Peabody model. I think it dates to the mid 1960s. The original 5 string models don't seem to pop up very often.






 

Feb 28, 2024 - 10:35:01 AM

Brett

USA

2634 posts since 11/29/2005

Damn! Someone shot the peg head!
Very interesting, you sure don’t see that often. I guess that’s kinda like the Vega Pro (not Pro II) inlay pattern? Or was it a special inlay pattern for Peabody models? I see the truss rod cover. I like Vega products.

Feb 28, 2024 - 10:38:18 AM

58 posts since 10/25/2007

I'm not quite sure why that 3rd hole is up there. Makes for good conversation.

Feb 28, 2024 - 1:25:41 PM

3541 posts since 4/7/2010

JNHOLTBANJO

What type of tone ring does it have?

Bob Smakula

Feb 28, 2024 - 1:29:55 PM

650 posts since 4/14/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Brett

Damn! Someone shot the peg head!
Very interesting, you sure don’t see that often. I guess that’s kinda like the Vega Pro (not Pro II) inlay pattern? Or was it a special inlay pattern for Peabody models? I see the truss rod cover. I like Vega products.


Post-War Vega used this dot&block inlay on a number of instruments, including the Arthur Godfrey Solo-Lute. 

Feb 28, 2024 - 1:32:01 PM

58 posts since 10/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

JNHOLTBANJO

What type of tone ring does it have?

Bob Smakula


There is no tone ring. Just the wood rim.

Feb 28, 2024 - 2:30:15 PM

Brett

USA

2634 posts since 11/29/2005

That’s a shock it doesn’t have the “audiosonic stacked 3 slit” flat head tone ring.

Feb 28, 2024 - 2:33:17 PM

3541 posts since 4/7/2010

quote:
Originally posted by JNHOLTBANJO
quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

JNHOLTBANJO

What type of tone ring does it have?

Bob Smakula


There is no tone ring. Just the wood rim.


That's pretty cool. One would think that Eddie Pebody would have requested a Tubaphone tonering on his model banjos for the brightness and volume. I might think that a stray Eddie Peabody truss rod cover was installed on a lower grade banjo, but as the paper label says Peabody, it's the real deal.

 

Bob Smakula

Feb 28, 2024 - 6:05:17 PM

15685 posts since 10/30/2008

It's a Pro neck design (early 1960s vintage inlay pattern) on a no-tone-ring-rim. An intermediate price point, lower than the Pro, higher than the Wonder. They turn up here on BHO every few years, also on eBay.

Feb 29, 2024 - 3:34:57 AM

469 posts since 2/11/2009

What's not visible in the pics is the depth of the resonator. It's essentially a Vox resonator, which gives these banjos an extraordinary bass response.

Feb 29, 2024 - 5:56:26 AM

8260 posts since 9/21/2007

It is my understanding that these were a sort of "private label" for Peabody to sell.

Feb 29, 2024 - 7:07:16 AM

RB3

USA

2015 posts since 4/12/2004

I wonder if they also offered an Earl Scruggs signature model tenor or plectrum?

Feb 29, 2024 - 8:16:57 AM

58 posts since 10/25/2007

There were probably a few. I know Gibson made a few tenor Scruggs models.

Feb 29, 2024 - 12:01:51 PM

15023 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by JNHOLTBANJO

There were probably a few. I know Gibson made a few tenor Scruggs models.


Yep .......... I had a tenor Scruggs ..... put a five-string neck on it and sold it.  Wish I had it back!

Mar 4, 2024 - 4:58:24 PM

13132 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

It is my understanding that these were a sort of "private label" for Peabody to sell.


Correct. Although Eddie was a Vega dealer who could get anything for anyone, the Eddie Peabody models were generally low end banjos that he offered at his shows.

They changed over the years but all the ones I've seen have one-piece flanges and no tone rings. You'd think that, since he was a plectrum player, 4 strings would be the only kind he offered but the Folk Revival was in full swing by the mid-late 1950s so he offered 5 strings as well.

I've never seen an Eddie Peabody long neck, however. Considering its popularity after 1958, that surprises me.

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