VB 00033 ca. 1931 Vega Vegavox IV Deluxe
Tenor Banjo EXC ++ This is one of the very nicest, classiest
banjos I have ever seen. And it rings out loud and clear and plays perfectly. It has been
restored by Renee Karnes several years ago and has received basically no wear since then.
Here is the original catalog picture and the
( $425.00 in 1931 = $6,653.58 in 2016 dollars)
everywhere on this gold plated instrument from the
engraved tailpiece to the engraved inlay on the
back of the peghead. Also beautifully engraved are the
fingerboard inlays and the intricate
inlay on the headstock which is as
beautiful viewed from the side as it is
from the front. There is a comforting feel to the warmth of a
gold plated banjo and I think it makes for a richer sound but that could be just
psychological. The resonator sides are fancy,
it's true, but the back is exquisite with its
elegant "De-Luxe Vegavox" star in the middle.
Elegance is also evident in the long back strap
extending down the back of the 5 piece laminated neck and the
carving on the inlaid heel. Modern
hard shell case.
DB - 0003 The Dayton 5
String Banjo ca. 1914 VG++ Dayton 5 strings
don't pop up nearly as often as tenors do and this one is set up nicely
and has a very pleasant mellow sound. Nicely worn 12" frosted plastic
head on Charles
Rauch's uniquely laminated
rim. All the
hardware seems original save two brackets and nuts and there is one bracket,
shoe,and nut missing. The original label is
present but the number is difficult to decipher but seems like a 4 digit
number probably. Simple Brazilian rosewood peghead veneer and original friction tuning pegs
with a possibly replaced button on the
fifth string peg . The tailpiece also appears
original. A fun banjo to play. Good modern hard shell case.
Price: $1250.00 SOLD
TG - 00136 1939 Gibson ETB-
150 Electric Tenor Banjo EXC Yes this is
technically a banjo because it is round. However, it is actually a
fantastic electric tenor guitar with 22 frets to the body! And a
wonderful original "Charlie Christian" pickup that can be sweet or growl
fiercely. It plays 'like butter' - really nicely. It is completely
original with no issues. Sunburst maple top has gorgeous
flame as does the
back looking much like the
far later coveted Les Paul Standards. Pearl inlaid headstock in the TB-7 Style. Original tuning pegs which are the rare boxy Klusons. Original
Volume and Tone knobs one black and one brown, and original "palm vibrato". Regular
1/4" guitar jack conveniently located
on the treble side near the heel. Serial
number EGE-4512 . And it has it's
original racing stripe hard shell case which is worn but so nice that we had the interior
and the ribbon hinges restored with vintage material.
Price: $3495.00 SOLD
GB - 00035 1935 Kel
Kroyden (by Gibson) Conversion VG++ Here's the real deal
and you can hear it in the tone. You got your one piece flange full thickness
rim same as a
Mastertone without a tone ring. The flange is a Nashville Plating Co.
replacement since the old one (included) was broken. And we had Larry Cohea install a
Mc Peake flat head tone ring and a second co-ordinator rod (the KK
rim is originally drilled for it but has only one installed) as well as a
nice Wreath Pattern
five string neck and then set it up perfectly with spikes at frets 7,8,9, and
10. It plays beautifully and sounds incredible.
Gibson script on the
headstock and Planet
tuning pegs and the fabulous M.O.T. resonator with original lugs. Original
case and tenor neck
with original pegs,
flange (and broken pieces), and brass rod 'tone ring' are available if you so desire.
PB - 00404 1924
Paramount Style C Plectrum Banjo EXC This is a fine
example with good strong sound and great playability. Good neck, frets,
etc. and wonderful condition. Nice old skin head. The dove pattern fingerboard inlay is Paramounts most
beautiful in my opinion.
The Cupid or Ludwig Van
Beethoven on the first fret is a pleasureable puzzlement.
And the high grade mahogany used in the neck
and the maple capped rim and the
beautifully accented by the colorful marquetry used
throughout. Original Page
tuning pegs in fine condition. Fancy headstock inlay. Carved heel. Lovely volute. (Don't ya just
love volutes?) Original
tailpiece and .... it's wired for .... light. (Perhaps you noticed)
The serial number on the rim matches that on the
dowel. The label proudly states "Piano Volume - Harp Quality Tone".
No lie. Original Paramount double pocket blue lined hard shell
case in pretty nice
VB 00032 1928 Vega Style N 5 String
Conversion EXC -   This is a wonderful player as well as a
beautiful piece of art. The 10 15/16" head is graced with a lovely, whimsical
art deco illustration of two frolicking
nudes. It has the simple "rolled over" tone ring. The bottom of the metal pot cladding sits in a
ledge that locates the cladding precisely on the pot. The rolled-over tone ring doesn't sit on wood,
but is held a little less than a millimeter above the wood of the
pot, so the simple tone ring doesn't touch wood. All the
hardware is original and in good shape including the
No Knot Tailpiece.
There are a few nicks and scratches on the rim but
nothing major. It has the original dowel stick
and the serial numbers match on the
dowel and the rim. (87793) The 26 1/2" scale length neck is mint and appears to be the work of
Wyatt Fawley. Simple (and proper) star on the
headstock and Planet style tuning pegs.
Here's a video clip of it:
Nice newer hard shell 'bump' case. Price: $1695.00
VB - 00015 1930 Vega
Tubaphone #3 with Wildwood #7 Style Neck EXC
Here's a fine sounding and playing and looking banjo for you. The 1930
Tubaphone rim which is
serial # 88860 has
been mated to a beautiful flame maple Wildwood neck that is finished to
match the original flame maple
resonator whose inside
is also quite flamey and bears the
Vega stamp. Exquisite Style 7 engraved inlays in the fingerboard and the
Wildwood engraved inlay on the
peghead. Original 4
piece flange and
tubaphone tone ring. New Weatherking head
. Newer planet type
Here is a video clip of it.
Hard shell case. Great banjo for either old timey or
BB - 00011 Late teens Bacon Special
Original 5 String Banjo EXC This sure appears to be an original
Five string neck or else it's a perfect
forgery. The fingerboard and frets are
in almost unplayed condition. The serial
number 33360 matches up on the rim and
the inside of the resonator which also has
"1933" added to the serial number which might indicate the year 1933 but this seems like an
older model to me. ?? The dowel has the
proper Made in Groton stamp on it. All the
hardware is in fantastic condition and the
tuning pegs (newer hign end ones) work great. Simple inlay on the
headstock. Fancy pearloid
resonator. It plays great and has a good
strong sound. Newer hard shell case
An expert has gotten in touch with me ; "The expert says the neck is a reconstruction and the resonator may be postwar. So it's likely to be a cobbled-together parts banjo, not an original 5-stringer." This may all be true but it is a fine banjo and well worth the asking price.
EB - 0007 Mid teens Clifford
Essex 5 String Banjo EXC With its 11 inch rim spunover what looks like mahogany and a simple hoop
tonering and nice skin head, this old feller gets a mighty sweet old
timey sound. Scale Length is 26 3/4" and the nut width is 1 3/16" and the
mahogany neck shows wear on the back and is very comfortable to play.
Ebony fingerboard has lovely abalone and pearl inlays in it as does the headstock. The tuning pegs work fine. All parts
appear original and match nicely and the 15a Grafton Street label proudly graces the dowel
stick. Oversize chipboard case.
BU - 0004 ca. 1935 John
Grey Banjo Uke EXC Very nice little banjo uke
from the esteemed English maker John Grey. Birds eye maple back and blue striped maple sides. 10 1/4" head and 13 1/4" scale length.
Maple rim and mahogany
neck and dowel.
Resonator attaches with a single thumb knob. There is a dark grain line that definitely
not a crack in the heel
of which we have large pictures. The letters R B E are stamped into
the bottom of the heel. Friction
tuning pegs with the number 13797 stamped into the back of the peghead.
John Grey& Sons, London on the
headstock. The piano shaped case is unique.
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