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Apr 3, 2024 - 8:22:45 AM
43 posts since 3/20/2020

Hey all,

I’m looking at a Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder that is supposed to be 20 years old. Thing is it has a head shape sort of like an older Vega  and has guitar tuners. The headstock does say Vega, but it does not have a star. I have never seen a Deering Vega that look like this. Pot, coord rod, etc. all look like Deering. Is anyone familiar with this model and if so, in decent condition, what would one like that sell for?
Thanks
Mike

Edited by - Mikegivney on 04/03/2024 11:45:30

Apr 3, 2024 - 8:31:19 AM

43 posts since 3/20/2020

Here is the headstock


 

Apr 3, 2024 - 9:04:35 AM

608 posts since 7/28/2016

I'm thinking Deering didn't own Vega 20 years ago. Maybe Asian or Martin.

Apr 3, 2024 - 9:18:15 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10419 posts since 1/22/2003

Deering acquired the Vega name in 1989, that's 35 years ago…

Apr 3, 2024 - 9:18:26 AM

43 posts since 3/20/2020

It does have the proper Deering label on the riim, Deering case and head, etc. The web says Deering bought Bega in 1989.

Apr 3, 2024 - 9:26:57 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10419 posts since 1/22/2003

It's not a Goodtime headshape. The headshape is like this Vega Little Wonder from the 1950s:
elderly.com/products/vega-litt...anjo-1954

Apr 3, 2024 - 10:56:29 AM
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2285 posts since 4/18/2006

This is an older Deering Vega Little Wonder. I had one many years ago which was the second banjo I ever had. It was a decent banjo and I liked it a lot, it was perfect to play both clawhammer and three finger for someone who is learning both styles at the same time and only has one banjo. As far as what it would sell for, I bought the one I had used for under $1000. That was probably almost 20 years ago at this point though. Wish I still had it!

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:05:46 AM
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5622 posts since 5/29/2011

I don't know if Deering made the Wonder in the Old Time version 20 years ago but the Wonder was made in several versions. The regular Little Wonder is an open back. The Bluegrass Wonder had a resonator. The Old Time Wonder is an open back with a failing scoop.

The Wonder was made with two different peghead designs, the regular Vega shape and the one shown in the original post known as the Ranger shape.

Edited by - Culloden on 04/03/2024 11:08:26

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:09:46 AM
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15010 posts since 6/2/2008

What Emiel said. Headstock shape and logo are correct for an earlier version of Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder. Maybe the guitar style tuners are replacements.

Besides the Deering label inside, does the rest of the pot match photos of earlier versions of this model?

Perhaps you could revise the title of this topic to "Were guitar tuners ever original on Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder?" which will tell people exactly what you want to know and might elicit a useful response.

You might also tag Janet Deering, who is active here of late. Oh, wait. I just did.

If the rest of the banjo looks right, and these never came with guitar tuners, I'd say the tuners are replacements. You could always bring the banjo up to Deering spec with a set of Gotohs from Smakula. $65 plus low shipping.

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:42:46 AM

43 posts since 3/20/2020

Good idea, and thanks for the info on the headstock.

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:59:15 AM
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2285 posts since 4/18/2006

Those are the tuners that came on it. Mine had those and the others ive seen had them too

Apr 3, 2024 - 5:18:12 PM
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262 posts since 12/7/2007

I think Mr Hirshfeld is correct. The Deering/Vega Wonders and Senators have evolved over the years, and they’ve been “spruced up” in the process. For example, and, in line with Mr Harper's comment, I'm pretty sure the Old Time Wonder is a later variant. (My older Senator has no star on the headstock, and the VEGA name is not inlaid, but somehow screened or stamped on.)

Edited by - srrobertsiii on 04/03/2024 17:25:55

Apr 4, 2024 - 1:25:14 PM
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13061 posts since 10/27/2006

Schaller (or Schaller style) tuners look a bit odd on that Vega but they are OE. You can easily swap in a set of modern or vintage Grover Rotomatics for that Old Folkie (guilty) look if you like.

These probably have a 10mm pilot hole so a set of planetary tuners like GOTOH should just drop in as well. Screw holes and impressions from side tuners on old Vegas are just part of the instrument's mojo — no reason to try to disguise them for most of us.

Apr 4, 2024 - 2:34:09 PM

15010 posts since 6/2/2008

These days, Deering uses Gotoh tuners. Got that from Greg Deering himself at a meet-and-greet at a local music shop in 2018, give or take a year. As Bob says, before that Deering used Schaller.

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