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❌ SOLD ❌ Vega C26 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1945


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Here’s another unusual guitar – from 1945, a Vega C26 archtop acoustic guitar. Vega is one of the older names in American musical instrument production, first operating in Boston, Massachusetts in 1881 and making guitars, mandolins, and horns.  By the 1930s as banjos were waning, Vega began to focus on building guitars and many quality archtops were built. The C26 model was built from 1940 to 1949.

This Vega C26 is in good playing condition, due largely to extensive work done to the neck. The original fingerboard was extremely rounded, so it was removed and a new wider board added. During that process, a modern truss rod and side dots were added and as a practical necessity, the neck finish has been oversprayed. Naturally the frets were also replaced, and have very light wear. 

A K&K pickup has been added, with the element under the bass bridge foot and the output jack attached to the tail pin. The original tuners have been replaced with Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio tuners in nickel finish, and the bridge is a Rosewood replacement from Stewart-McDonald.
The top is carved solid Spruce, the sides and carved back are Maple, possibly a laminate.

A newer, quality hard shell arched top case is included.


Price: $1,250.00 CAD
  • Model: C26 Archtop
  • Year: 1945 | Approximate year
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 26/04/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.72lbs 2.6kg
  • Scale Length: 25in 635mm
  • Nut Width: 1.65in 42mm
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