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1924 Vega Whyte Laydie Style L Mandolin/Banjo

1924 Vega Whyte Laydie Style L Mandolin/Banjo

The Vega Company was one of the very top American makers of banjos in the 1910s-1960s, with roots going back to the 19th-century. The '20s was their heyday; their instruments were so solidly built and so sensibly priced that they could barely keep up with demand. The Whyte Laydie design went back to the original Fairbanks Company, with its most notable features being its scalloped tone ring and its separate, external band for mounting the bracket shoes so that the rim would never get pulled out of shape, a common occurrence on other makes. This rare Style L model has the desirable and more comfortable 10-1/8” diameter rim and is in remarkable condition overall. Its genuine calfskin head is in perfect condition too and may well be original to the instrument. The neck is perfectly straight and perfectly set; the frets show no wear at all; the tuning machines, with Ivoroid buttons, function flawlessly and its original tailpiece cover is hand-engraved. And it is LOUD. And, maybe best of all, it’s got an Elton resonator to make it EVEN LOUDER, which can easily be taken off to convert back to open-back style. It still has its original hard shell case too, also in top condition. Hard to find a nicer mandolin-banjo of any kind, anywhere. Only $795 w/ohsc

w/ohsc

$795.00
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