Vega Little Wonder Tenor Banjo (1929) SOLD!

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It’s been said, by people far smarter than us, that every guitarist should take up a second string instrument in the interest of job security. Whether it’s mandolin, upright bass, dulcimer, or ukulele, becoming at least moderately accomplished on a backup instrument can inspire new insights on your primary ax and may even lead to additional gigs. Tenor banjo is a good starting place. It’s played with a pick and has a shorter scale-length than its five-string sibling. Plus, it’s generally tuned in an easy-to-visualize cgda tuning. This Little Wonder dates back to the first year of the (First) Great Depression. Compared to Vega’s other offerings, including the Vegaphone, Whyte Laydie, and Vegavox, the Little Wonder was a no-frills affair, but typical of Vega’s classic offerings, this is a loud instrument with a timbre well-suited to rhythm accompaniment, single-note lines, and chord melody arrangements. The three-ply headstock shows evidence of an old repair, but is otherwise solid, with no cracks or breaks. Original Vega star logo is missing. The banjo otherwise appears to be all original and is in good-plus condition. Maple body, replaced tuners (see photo), 1-5/32” width at nut, 23” scale length, 19 frets, ebony fingerboard. Ships with a tolex hardshell case that appears to be more recent than the banjo, but is still plenty vintage. SOLD! Thanks Lou!

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It’s been said, by people far smarter than us, that every guitarist should take up a second string instrument in the interest of job security. Whether it’s mandolin, upright bass, dulcimer, or ukulele, becoming at least moderately accomplished on a backup instrument can inspire new insights on your primary ax and may even lead to additional gigs. Tenor banjo is a good starting place. It’s played with a pick and has a shorter scale-length than its five-string sibling. Plus, it’s generally tuned in an easy-to-visualize cgda tuning. This Little Wonder dates back to the first year of the (First) Great Depression. Compared to Vega’s other offerings, including the Vegaphone, Whyte Laydie, and Vegavox, the Little Wonder was a no-frills affair, but typical of Vega’s classic offerings, this is a loud instrument with a timbre well-suited to rhythm accompaniment, single-note lines, and chord melody arrangements. The three-ply headstock shows evidence of an old repair, but is otherwise solid, with no cracks or breaks. Original Vega star logo is missing. The banjo otherwise appears to be all original and is in good-plus condition. Maple body, replaced tuners (see photo), 1-5/32” width at nut, 23” scale length, 19 frets, ebony fingerboard. Ships with a tolex hardshell case that appears to be more recent than the banjo, but is still plenty vintage. SOLD! Thanks Lou!