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1930s vintage Vega electric tenor banjo, made in the USA

Playability/Sound: This banjo produces some exceptionally good tones both acoustically as well as plugged in. The pickup provides excellent output (2. Neck: Soft “V” shaped maple neck with ivoroid binding & red side-dots. Body: Double bound 11 7/8” diameter body with maple top, back and sides in natural finish. The hollow maple body creates an overall “openness” to the sound that still retains plenty of snap and attack. There is a 9-digit number pressed into the back of the headstock, which appears to be a social security number. The neck is exceptionally comfortable and is set up with perfect action. The three-way tone control allows the player to dial in highly useful sounds. Nickel machine tuners with ivoroid buttons in perfect working condition.

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Feb 04, 2013 by Nora S | Posted in Other - Music

How much is my vintage banjo worth?

I have a Crestline banjo that my Father left me. I am planning on having it set up and cleaned at my local music store for $50. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to give me a rough idea of the monetary value. It has much sentimental value. I believe it is from the late 60's or early 70's, and the condition is going to be excellent once cleaned and restrung. Thanks in advance for your help! I am planning on keeping it. It is the only thing I have from my Dad so the sentimental value is huge to me. I play the guitar and am planning to turn my guest bedroom into a music room for my daughter and myself. We have several acoustic and electric guitars and this my banjo is going to be part of my collection. I was just wondering about the monetary value out of curiosity. Thanks so much for your time!


It's not vintage, it's simply old. Crestline was a budget brand. If it were a Gibson, Vega, Bacon & Day, Ode, or some other collectible brand it'd be considered vintage but not with yours. Fortunately for you it still has great sentimental value, which is what's important.

Mikey, just Mikey | Feb 04, 2013
Genesis | Feb 04, 2013
I say you should keep it a while longer, it could be worth much more later on.
H O M E Y | Feb 04, 2013
Crestline banjos were entry-level instruments. I see a few on e-bay for about $150.00. So, I'm thinking it's not worth much. Let the new owner worry about getting it setup and cleaned. Save yourself the money. Besides, different banjo players would have different preferences on how they want it setup.
Oct 25, 2007 by guitar | Posted in Performing Arts

plectrum banjos?

what is the best vintage or new 4 string plectrum banjo that gives a bright, ringing bell tone? a live ringing tone , with good volume.. and where can you buy them? thx


Vega is considered the top of the line in these. Try George Gruhn in Nashville, he's an expert.

Dave | Oct 25, 2007
PJH | Oct 27, 2007
Look at www.elderly.com. Best site there is.

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Creator: George Gruhn, Walter Carter | Music - 2010

The original Martin banjo model is of interest only as a historical footnote. Martin- made Vega banjos are equivalent in quality of workmanship to Martin guitars of the same period and are superior in workmanship to the Vega banjos made in ...

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

About this book
(Book). Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars is the most extensive and detailed list of specifications ever published for identifying, dating, and establishing the authenticity of an instrument. This new edition is enlarged and updated, making it once again the essential guide enabling collectors, dealers, players, and fans to determine the authenticity, rarity, and relative value of vintage acoustic and electric guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, and amps. Gruhn's Guide's thoroughness, detail, and clear organization have made it without peer, the must-have tool for discerning an instrument's manufacturer, model, and date-and most importantly, whether it is in original condition. "You will not find a better guide, nor one that is so easy to use." Vintage Guitar magazine



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The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide 2010

Creator: Alan Greenwood, Gil Hembree | Music - 2009-10-01

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(Book). For more than 20 years, The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide has been the industry-leading reference for values on vintage and collectible guitars, basses, lap steels, mandolins, ukuleles, amps, and effects. The expanded 2010 edition spans nearly 600 pages and includes information on more than 1,800 brands with more than 1,300 photos, plus a detailed look at the "hows" and "whys" of the collectible instrument market. This guide is the only such work to cover all this in one very affordable volume! To date more than 130,000 copies of The Guide have been sold.



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Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles, Resource Directory

Creator: David J. Maloney, Jr., David Maloney (J.) | Antiques & Collectibles - 2003-12-01

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Stanley M. Jay Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. Newsletter: Vintage News, The 629 Forest Ave. ... instruments including guitars, banjos, mandolins: by Martin, Gibson, Vega, B&D, D'Angelico, Stromberg, Maurer, Fender, etc.

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"The seventh edition of David Maloney's now-famous directory contains more of the same resource information for which it has been so highly acclaimed by the media, collectors, dealers, appraisers, and auctioneers alike." "Despite its size, it is easy to locate information in this massive and highly detailed work thanks in large part to its comprehensive and thoroughly cross-referenced index which is unique to the industry." "This edition of Maloney's continues to keep up the expansive growth in Internet activity - more than 15,000 listings now have e-mail addresses and more than 11,000 listings have Web sites."--BOOK JACKET.


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