It is being sold as a project no refunds or returns. Intermediate Grade and Best Grade were generally X braced with laminated braces for added strength. When it came out in 1942 it was the most expensive Gibson flat-top in the line. B 5 string plectrum and 4 string tenor and plectrum banjos. This information is a logical continuation of that.
We do not test, clean or refurbish the items we sell. The headstock had a black wood face veneer. Tubaphone brand on the dowel of my 1922 Vega Style M, Extended Fingerboard tenor banjo. ~ Inspecting the case I imagined it nearly full of 1s, 5s, and 10s, and a whole lot of Quarters thrown in for good measure. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us before placing a bid other wise you are liable for everything included in Fairbanks banjo Style K Made By Vega Circa 1920 With case and new handmade head and strings. Q: What years was the flower pot headstock inlay available on the Tubaphone style 3, 5 string banjo? This is the common size for extended fingerboard Style Ms.
Fairbanks, Number Of Strings: 5, sku: item 55074834034132, brand: Vega A. Finish Colour Colour also provides a clue to the date and Styles of the various Vega styles of tenors. A also known as the A-0 Brown or black finish, some binding only on the top and in the soundhole with one ring around the soundhole. It appears to be in good shape. I consider this instrument to be in good to excellent. This is perhaps one of the highest attainable original Vega banjos.
Banjo shows signs of previous damage and repair work. The serial numbers and dates are, however, at best approximate. It's Solid as a rock and crack-free. Was this fingerboard only a prototype from Vega and what about the fifth string, coursed similarly to a mandolin, special order or aftermarket? They were available in steel string or classical. December and July patent dates on rim A.
Headstock Inlays Based on serial numbers, the 1918-1922 Fairbanks — Vega Style M tubaphones sported the Imperial Torch and 1923 and later in to the early 1930s versions had the Vega and vines or Scrambled Eggs?. Great classic Vega Whyte Laydie sound played either as a tenor or a five string conversion. Warm full tone with plenty of volume and depth. The concept behind the J-45 was a high quality, affordable, big-sounding acoustic flat-top guitar. This five string circa 1916 Fairbanks by Vega No. Make sure this is what you are looking for. Convincingly dating from 1911, it calls into question several aspects of the usual story of the development of 4 string banjos and specifically raises the question of whether the long neck plectrum banjo may have actually pre-dated the tenor version.
However, there was some overlap during this period, as might be expected in a factory with stock parts sitting around. I am a serious seller looking for serious bidders only. The neck has a medium, soft-V profile on the back and a flat-profile fretboard. Dark stained plain birch back and sides. In the 1970s, the purchased Vega in the hope of capitalizing on the popularity of Vega's banjos among folk musicians.
Ready to go 95 year old thing. The Mark Series, though not a wild success in terms of overall sales, did sell reasonably well. Four gold, original friction tuners with all original screws, washers and solid pearl tuner buttons. Whether you are a stringed instrument collector or player you will not be disappointed. My Feedback is 100% and I know how to get your Instrument shipped Fully Insured to your door. I can add more pictures from any angle that you wish to see.
The back and sides were still mahogany but the Southerner Jumbo had a dark wooden stripe separating the 2 back pieces. In 1935, binding was added to the fretboard. We want to earn every single positive feedback because we don't plan to work with you only once, we want you to come back. Giving an estimate of 1922 as the approximate year of manufacture. The Mark Series guitars were particularly interesting among the Gibson flat tops made in the 1970s due to their unique bracing.
This banjo has been used over the many years so is not a museum banjo but generally appears to be in very good condition. Extended Fingerboards Back to catalogue images one can see that the two higher end Styles X, De Luxe sport the extended fingerboards with 22 frets, effectively providing a three octave range. A-4 For a period of time, this was the top of the line. It has a pearwood heelcap with a maple stripe. And in that time the prior partnership built around 15,700 instruments, Mr. Fairbanks was finally dropped in 1922.