Dating antique vega mandolin

This website is dedicated to photos and descriptions of the many banjos in my collection, along with a few other vintage instruments I have picked up over the years.

I have authored this site in the hope that other collectors might follow suit and share photos and information on their banjos with others in the collecting community. Stewart "Orchestra" 5-string banjo, S/N 4011, Circa 1888 S. Stewart "Lady Stewart" 5-string banjo, S/N 4944, Circa 1899 S.

Built by Stromberg-Voisinet in the late 1930’s, the Kay Kraft line included guitars, mandolins, and banjos.

Over the years we’ve encountered many four and six string guitars, tenor and 5 string banjos, and a number of mandolins.

These data were generously provided to the BRC founder in 2000 by the family owned Martin Guitar department of history.

From its early Boston beginnings, the Vega Banjo Company made splendid and now vintage instruments, including the Earl Scruggs signature model he endorsed in the 1960′s.

Since my interest in banjos stems in part from my interest in the technological development of the instrument over the years, my collection spans the period from the 1840s to the 1920s.

Neck and frets are in good shape, body is crack free and well arched.I have also included a page on identifying unmarked banjos, for those who have an instrument of unknown origin. Dobson "Victor-Regal" 5-string banjo, Circa 1880's Fairbanks & Cole "Clipper" 5-string banjo, S/N 1700, Circa 1881 Fairbanks & Cole 5-string banjo, S/N 4022, Circa 1884 Fairbanks & Cole "Imperial" 5-string banjo, S/N 6780, Circa 1885 Fairbanks & Cole piccolo 5-string banjo, S/N 6870, Circa 1885 Fairbanks & Cole "Acme" 5-string banjo, S/N 7300, Circa 1887 Fairbanks & Cole 5-string banjo, S/N 7375, Circa 1887 Fairbanks & Cole Imperial 5-string banjo S/N 7663, Circa 1887 Fairbanks & Cole "Imperial" 5-string banjo, S/N 8246, Circa 1888 Fairbanks & Cole "Expert" 5-string banjo S/N 8600, Circa 1888 Fairbanks & Cole "Imperial" 5-string banjo, S/N 8654, Circa 1888 A. Fairbanks "Electric" 5-string banjo, S/N 1147, Circa 1891 A. Fairbanks "Electric" 5-string banjo, S/N 2011, Circa 1892 A. Fairbanks "Curtis Electric" 5-string banjo, S/N 2370, Circa 1892 A. Fairbanks "Electric" 5-string banjorine, S/N 3693, Circa 1893 A. For those wondering where I put all of these instruments, I have added a page on living with vintage instruments. 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. Martin” decal photographed on the back of the VIP Vega peghead.Unbeknownst to most 5 string aficionados, the Martin Guitar Company manufactured Vega banjos from 1970 through 1979. The BRC Archives contain the serial numbers of these unique Vega-Martin banjos.