|Comments||In excellent playing condition, this Vega Whyte Laydie was converted in the 1960’s from regular to long neck. The stick and pot are from a Vega Whyte Ladyie. Long-neck banjos were fairly popular during that period, after their invention by the late Pete Seeger; it dramatically increases the versatility of the instrument. Barry Hunn at the Deering Banjo Company explains the history, purpose and practicality of the long-neck banjo in this article. The Whyte-Ladyie name refers to the tone ring; this innovation is a Vega Electric tone ring with an added bracket band holding the tension hooks, and was introduced by the A. C. Fairbanks company around 1901.
The Vega company was a prominent American musical instrument company that operated from 1881 to 1970, absorbing the A.C Fairbanks company in 1904 following a devastating fire.
In 1970, the rights to the Vega name were puchased by the CF Martin Company; in 1979 the Vega name was sold again to Galaxy Trading but finally, in 1989, the Deering Banjo Company acquired the Vega name and now produces excellent quality Vega banjos.
|Serial Number||96056, dates to around 1935 and built in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.|
|Pricing||$949.00 Canadian, without case. SOLD|
|Neck||Cherry / Walnut neck with unbound rosewood fingerboard. – 32 1/8″ scale.|
|Frets||Narrow frets with minor wear.|
|Body||Vega Whyte Laydie tone pot and stick.|
|Finish||Natural lacquer finish, with plenty of play wear.|
|Hardware/electronics||Grover Presto Patent tailpiece, Grover Roto-matic tuners, Waverly 5th string peg. Capo tacks at frets 10, 12 and 13.|
|Case||Case not included.|
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