Policies, shipping and sales tax, local pick up is availble on most items at no charge. The Whyte Laydie and Tubaphone tonerings employed by Vega tend to have a clear, projecting, and focused voice that is also mellow at the same time, and the rest of the specs on the banjo -- hard maple used throughout construction with a thick, multi-ply rim and heavy-duty hardware -- add to that sound in their own ways. Wood is marked under the head in two different areas with the number 27022 and Fairbanks Banjo made by the Vega Company Boston Mass with the word Vega in the center of stars on each side of the logo. Frets in good condition, no buzzing. V Senator 52684 Earliest reported Vega stamp. They were now able to get better materials.
The first Gibson J45 guitars were only slightly different from the discontinued J-35. Plays great as a mandolin or you could have a neck built and have very desirable five string. Grained fingerboard is borderd in a black line and inlaid with 6 pearl dotmarkers and a white star. The bracing for the new larger models was X braced: there were 3 transverse tone bars between the braces — 1 more than the Martin — as Gibson experimented with bracing design heavy enough to support the large tops and light enough to be resonant and responsive. The Vega Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. The veneer on headstock chipped in a couple places, but inlays on headstock and neck are still beautiful. Original owner Otis Mitchell grew up in Tipton.
Many of those articles contained detailed information about his banjos. Tubaphone brand on the dowel of my 1922 Vega Style M, Extended Fingerboard tenor banjo. Gretsch was contracted to make banjos for them. Thank you for considering this excellent Banjo Mandolin. Some J-45 models with non-bookmatched two piece Adirondack spruce tops and some examples with four piece tops. Thus, Vega tubaphone tenors were produced in roughly two periods: The David Day — Imperial Torch period, 1918 — 1922, and the post-David Day — Vega and Vines period, 1923 +. There are five small notches on the fretboard binding at the 3,5,7,10 and 12th frets, perhaps made with a small coping saw.
Comes as pictured with the Fender Case. There is one bracket missing and replaceable. Gibson hoped to score the same type of success that had occurred with Lloyd Loar in the 1920s: redefining the acoustic guitar for generations to come. One, you are missing the tailpiece cover, fortunately they are easily found as they were used on a wide variety of instruments. I think I got this image from Bob Smakula, with thanks! Tuners, obviously original and working fine, but one is slipping.
My Fairbanks Electric's is ambiguous depending in which way is up, and I've never been sure. Western movies were tremendously popular and the singing cowboy heroes needed instruments as big and bold as untamed West. Waverly also made many, varied, stretcher bands, the simple brass hoops used for tone rings on the less expensive instruments, and some of the components that went into the more sophisticated tone rings. Euphonon Date Earliest Known Serial Number 1934 425 12 fret necks 1935 663 14 fret necks 1936 730 1937 794 1938 1052 1939 1552 1940 1879 1941? The soundhole had an additional thick white purfling ring. Built for Otis by Vega has to be one-of-a-kind and is an once-in-a-lifetime find! Ironically, the script logo on the headstock was old-style. The surface appears to be some sort of stretched animal skin. Mid 1950s: the pickguard changed from the teardrop to the larger undulating shape like the pre-war J-35s.
This can be strung up either as a banjo ukulele, or as a 4-string mandolin it can handle the steel strings for that purpose. On 12 fret to the body guitars, in a break with tradition, the Larson brothers frequently inlayed the 10th fret instead of the ninth. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items. Please email me with any questions! In mid 1944 bookmatched two piece Sispruce tops reappear. It comes with the original hard shell case.
Please E-mail me any questions! It was on a Fairbanks Electric with an approx. The original partners were Fred and Cassie Bacon and Mr. T his listing is for what I believe is a Vega Banjo. See also: Gibson J-160E for more historical context. The flood of returning soldiers with a broader world-view brought new musical tastes and new hopes for the future. Vega built brass instruments under the Vega and Standard names well into the 20th century. I interviewed Waverly's then owner, a Mr.
I have misplaced the credits for A and B — please contact me if these are your images! Please view photos for cosmetic detail. There were many name variations for The Bacon Banjo Company, Inc. Flat ebony fingerboard with original small frets and all original large, elaborately engraved pearl inlays. Martin introduced their versions of acoustic-electrics: the D-18E in 1958 and D-28E in 1959. Occasionally one may find a 1923 serial numbered Style M with a Imperial Torch inlay, which suggests either inaccuracy with serial number dating or a marriage of parts during a transition period.
Repaired the tailpiece which had become loose and replaced the bridge and strings. Most were 3-piece solid maple bodies. A-3 Similar to an A2 except for the top color: an orange top in the teens, and a white top refrigerator-top in the late teens and early twenties. . Serial number is 41 matching dowel number as rim.
This is a fine version of a vintage banjo mandolin,and with some slight fine tuning,it will be a great instrument. The original paperwork and packaging. A matching serial number is engraved on the inside of the maple rim. New guitars were supplied with user applied pick guards, and extra saddles of different heights that could be easily inserted to adjust the string action to accommodate the swelling of the instrument with seasonal humidity changes. The narrower guitar sizes allowed for available materials. Please with any additions, corrections or comments in general. It has had one coat of tru-oil applied.