As the 1940s and 1950s unfolded, the quality of Vega instruments declined and it became clear that the company's most innovative and productive years had passed. All; Auction; Buy It Now; Sort: Best Match. Mahogany neck has a carved heel/reverse peghead, profile is robust, but not gargantuan. Vega also produced high quality guitars. Vintage RARE Martin Vega Model VIP 5-String Banjo - MI Nazareth PA Near Mint condition and super rare, info has only 511 ever made from 1970 – 1978! C $23.63. I don’t believe the second number is the year of manufacture. Featuring a two-piece flange, and flat-head tone ring, this banjo is easy to play, and provides a direct/crisp tone. Among the 2000+ Vega banjos that Martin made and / or sold were about 250 or more completed banjos including all 100 of the Bobby Joe Fenster model named after a comic character created by Eugene Levy - otherwise, it's the VIP II. Under the Vega name, Martin produced guitars with the Vega logo on their headstocks in a Netherlands guitar factory (and probably others), usually with a label referencing "C.F. These were considered professional grade and was very popular. Even though these banjos are built with 21st Century technology, they still maintain their old time music sound and characteristics. Vega also acquired the plectrum instrument division of Boston's Thompson & Odell Company, which made bowl-back mandolins, guitars, and several types of banjos. Are you sure of that 1970 date when you purchased it? For example, the Vega Tu-ba-Phone, which first appeared in 1909, featured a perforated metal tone ring—a ring-shaped, square-sectioned metal tube that lay between the instrument's wooden rim and calfskin head. The name Wright came from E.G. This company had previously operated under names including Quinby Brothers, Hall & Quinby, Hall Quinby Wright Company, and others. 1924 Vega Vegaphone Artist Tenor Banjo 19-fret. Vega Banjos, A Piece of American History. In the 1930s, the company built archtop guitars with backs and tops carved in the manner of violins. Play Better Bluegrass today with Vega Banjos Bluegrass music instruments. Note the unique cluster of 3 sound apertures spaced around the  tone ring of the below VIP-5 model owned by the BRC founder (SN 1364). Martin also used the Vega name for a line of strings. These became especially popular with jazz musicians. On the Whyte-Laydie No. The Vega Co. of Boston had previously made music instruments other than banjos. Made in the USA. When C. F. Martin Co. bought the Vega banjo line in May of 1970, hundreds of parts were inherited from the Needham Heights factory near Boston. In 1989, the Deering Banjo Company purchased the Vega name. The top bulge is reminiscent of the design used on Howe-Orme instruments—from another Boston firm, the Elias Howe Company. This is a super cool vintage Martin Vega Banjo that was made in America. They currently produce Vega banjos reminiscent of the instruments Vega made during the 1960s folk revival. **Very Rare** 1970's Vega Martin 'VIP Model' 5 String Resonator banjo with tone ring. Clamshell style tailpiece, engraved armrest, Vega inlay on peghead, fretboard has pearl … The neck measures 22" long. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Wright whose E.G Wright and Company merged with other investors to create the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactury in 1869. Buy It Now. VEGA Vintage Banjos. Unbeknownst to most 5 string aficionados, the Martin Guitar Company manufactured Vega banjos … The A.C. Fairbanks Company (incorporated 1875) was succeeded in 1903 by the Vega Company (established 1889). This Vega long-neck banjo was made by C. F. Martin after acquiring the Vega name and all of their parts. 1970's Martin Vega Banjo 5 string Banjo with Resonator MADE IN USA. Vega also produced a line of brass instruments. Eventually they produced electrified versions of these guitars. $338.33. The truss rod cover is missing as is much of the trim on both sides. It is original but for a later Gary Price straight-line tailpiece and Shubb capo. The bulge on the instrument's back side is visible in this photo of a Vega cylinder-back mandolin. The Vega Banjo Company is one of the oldest banjo companies in the history of the instrument. The tone ring is … Deering has owned the Vega trademark since 1989, but the brand can be traced all the way back to the 1800’s. MARTIN TENOR BANJO NECK Item Description. The back of the neck has a label from CF Martin. FREE USA SHIPPING. The Vega Company was a musical instrument manufacturer that started operations in Boston, Massachusetts in 1881. For several years, the Vega Martin banjo was an amalgam of parts from Massachusetts and Nazareth, PA. Old 6 digit Vega serial numbers persisted on a yellow sticker on the inner pot until production was moved to Pennsylvania in 1972. Buy It Now. Vega Little Wonder. Martin selected a long lasting nickel/steel alloy for its tonal qualities and smooth consistency making these strings ideal for all styles of banjo playing. Ending Nov 29 at 5:10PM PST 21h. For fans of Vega Martin banjos- Flanked by interactive faculty at a northeastern banjo camp, the BRC founder proudly shows-off his Vega VIP banjo built in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in 1975. Popular with jazz artists as well as later big bands and solo artists such as Miles Davis, who performed on the Vega Power Model before he endorsed the Martin Committee, they enjoyed a comfortable niche in the professional market. A rare example of a 1990's Korean-made Vega banjo not associated with either Martin or Deering. Many years ago, upon becoming aware that Martin sold their Vega Banjo line to Deering, I sought to find out how many Vega Banjos Martin actually made and of those that they did, how many were the Pete Seeger longneck model. The Vega name was subsequently licensed to a number of American and international companies. Martin Vega VIP 5 string Banjo MADE IN USA This is an American made Martin Banjo from the 1970’s. 2 S 1 P 4 E P O H 2 I Z K J N S O R E D. 3 Sets Martin V700 Vega Banjo Strings 5 String Light Nickel Wound 9-20. In the 1970s, the C. F. Martin Company purchased Vega in the hope of capitalizing on the popularity of Vega's banjos among folk musicians. $200.00 shipping. Vega banjos have a more traditional, old-time look and feel. 1-27 of 27 Results. Vega was purchased by C.F. Martin also used the Vega name for a line of strings. Fairbanks & Vega: Turturro's Turnover: Photo Essays : Photo Gallery: W.A. This has a multi ply maple shell with the Martin logo on the inside of the shell. Wright was briefly a partner in the company between 1870 and his death. It's a great time to upgrade your home music studio gear with the largest selection at eBay.com. David L. Day, who had been the chief acoustical designer at Fairbanks, became general manager of the Vega stringed instrument division and continued to develop innovative and successful banjo designs. As a result, the quality control is quite high and these instruments handle every bit as "pro" as they look and the finish has that nice, subdued, Martin vibe. If my memory serves me, I think that Martin told me that they made around 1,000 Vegas, but they couldn't tell me how many of those were the PS Model. It truly is a beautify looking and really nice playing/sounding Banjo! The Vega Company is best known today for its banjos, such as the Vegavox model they co-developed with famous plectrum player Eddie Peabody. Vega Banjos Bluegrass products at great price. Thereafter, C. F. Martin installed a serial number decal on the inner rim beginning with #2  and on through #1945. The banjo is all original except for an added 5th string capo. Great deals on VEGA Banjos. Eddie Peabody co-designed two revolutionary banjos during his 50-year career in showbiz banjo playing, the Vegavox being probably … Tom Turner, History of Vega and Standard cornets, Horn-u-copia Internet Forum Catalog of user's instruments, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vega_Company&oldid=979016027, Musical instrument manufacturing companies of the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 September 2020, at 08:01. $1499. 5 bids . I understand that Martin made about 1,000 banjos, a 100 of which were For several years, the Vega Martin banjo was an amalgam of parts from Massachusetts and Nazareth, PA. Old 6 digit Vega serial numbers persisted on a yellow sticker on the inner pot until production was moved to Pennsylvania in 1972. I have up for sale this early tenor banjo neck made by Vega. Martin owned the Vega name in the 1970’s and made some good quality instruments in America. We stock both vintage Vega banjos from the 1920's and 1930's, as well as new Vega banjos that are manufactured in the U.S. by the Deering Banjo Company. CALL TODAY 404-372-5482. In 1904, Vega acquired the instrument manufacturing firm (primarily building banjos) previously operated by A. C. Fairbanks. The founders had previously worked for a guitar shop run by Pehr Anderberg that made instruments for John C. Haynes, another Boston musical instrument company. Vega also manufactured other banjos as well, and focused on the tenor and five-string banjos. During 1880-1890 Fairbanks joined with William A. Cole, a successful performer and teacher, and produced approximately 9000 banjos as Fairbanks & Cole. 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