Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

Index: 10114
Maker: Vega
Year: 1928
Notes:

Late '20's all-original Vegaphone Professional pot with 10 15/16" head.

5-String Conversion curly maple neck with ebony fingerboard and engraved Vega-Style [#9 plectrum design]

pearl inlays. Carved-heel. Neck builder is un-known, but the conversion is totally professional from conception to completion.

No Issues.

Optional custom-made  "Tone-Gard" available at no extra cost upon request.

 

Serial: #81922
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $2200.
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Index: 9866
Maker: Vega
Year: 1920
Notes:

Well-Played All-Original Tubaphone #3 5-String,

Mahogany neck with carved-heel. 

10 15/16" rim with 27" Scale.

Serial: #38564
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: hsc
Price: $2700.
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Index: 10255
Maker: Vega
Year: 1929
Notes:

Originally a Vega Tubaphone #3 plectrum banjo, but through the genius and magic of Banjo Master Dick Powell

the neck has been converted to 5-string with almost all of the original neck left intact.

Nice, all-original pot.

the Original case has been cleverly modified to handle the new open-back 5-String.

Nice package, Indeed!

 

Serial: 86081
Condition: Excellent
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1695.00
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Index: 10094
Maker: Vega
Year: Late 'teens
Notes:

Original "Garber Model" Tubaphone, 12 1/2" rim,

Curly maple reproduction 5-string neck by I. G. & B.

Homer Chalet Garber, "The Marvel of the Banjo World"

had The Vega Co. produce both Whyte Laydie and Tubaphone models

in the Ex-Large rim size.

Ebony fingerboard with 25 1/2"  Scale.

Calf-Skin head.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2300.00
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Index: 10174
Maker: Vega
Year: 1926
Notes:

A Nice and Original Vega Style R Whyte Laydie with a 10 15/16" rim.

A professional-grade reproduction 5-string neck made by Rhode Island luthier Steve Senerchia,

according to a 1980's Mandolin Bros. Appraisal certificate included with this banjo.

Serial: #70065
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: hsc
Price: $1495.00
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Index: 9985
Maker: Vega
Year: 1910
Notes:

Middle-Period Whyte Laydie #2.

Pretty Much All-Original; Some Owner-Ship wear, but Virtually no Playing Wear.

Straight neck, Great Tone and Playability.

Replacement Planetary Tuners.

10 15/16" Rim.

27" Scale.

 

Serial: #26859
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: hsc
Price: $3495.00
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Index: 10091
Maker: Washburn
Year: ca. 1897
Notes:

1890's Lyon & Healy Washburn Banjo with 12" rim with hand-engraved German-Silver shell with  calf-skin head.

Reproduction neck out of Cherry Wood with 26 1/4" scale ebony fingerboard and hand-carved heel,

by Intermountain Guitar.

 

Serial: none
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: hsc
Price: $1995.00
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Index: 10173
Maker: Washburn
Year: 1897
Notes:

An example of Washburn's "1897" line of banjos.

11" rim, 26" scale length. Engraved shell [maybe snail] inlays, Mahogany neck with nicely-carved heel.

New calf-skin head.

This model has the distinctive heavy tension-hoop and the "Imperial" hardware.

Some of the hardware has been replaced, the tailpiece is modern and the action is a bit high,

and for these reasons we are offering this instrument AS-IS.

 

Serial: #4191
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: gig bag
Price: $599.00
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