Vega "Pete Seeger" Long-neck Banjo (1961)
We offer this desirable Vega "Pete Seeger" model long-neck banjo from 1961, Serial No. 101944. Vega started making these around 1958-59 so this is one off the fairly early examples. These long-neck banjos were modeled after the banjo Pete Seeger made for himself with three additional frets, allowing the player to place a capo on the 3rd fret and play at concert pitch, but then move the capo either up or down as needed. Their versatility was ideal for the folk boom of the 1960s and these instruments were immediately picked up by many well-known musicians such as Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio, and Bob Gibson and remain popular among folk players to this day.
This instrument is in great playing condition with a straight neck and nice low comfortable action. It features 24 brackets, planetary tuners (guitar type tuners were a "option"), bound Ebony fretboard, a semi-transparent plastic head, Presto tailpiece and the famous tuba-phone tone ring. There are a few minor dings and marks as would be expected and some tarnish on the metal parts, but overall the banjo remains in very good playing condition with only minimal fret wear and is ready to go onstage.
It comes with its original black hard shell case, also in very good condition.