Vega C-46 Archtop Acoustic c. 1940 | A nice example of a fairly rare and well made guitar. Made in Boston, likely during WWII, based on the riveted tuners and wood on the tailpiece. Although much better known for their banjos, the Vega company produced a line of quality guitars, too.
Back and sides are maple. Top is carved spruce. The neck is mahogany, with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard inlaid with large position dots and a diamond. Fingerboard, top and back are all bound in white celluloid. Vega is sprayed in gold script on the black-painted head stock and Vega gold-foil label inside along with model number. Brazilian rosewood on the tailpiece.
The guitar components appear original and there is no evidence of prior repairs. The pick guard had been trimmed out for a pick up, and a pair of horse head decals adorn the top in the upper bout area, every Jazzman's muse, we're sure. There are some finger board divits and fret wear in the lower position. The finish is unmolested, and the arched top shows it's original arch, no sagging. Nickel on the tailpiece shows corrosion. Various nicks and dings for wear over time.
The lower bout measures 16" across. Scale length is ~ 24 1/4". Neck is a very comfortable 'C' shape, and measures 1 5/8" across at the nut.
The guitar plays well with a nice action, and produces a nice jazzy bark. Vega arch tops are quite rare in the market, and represent fantastic intrinsic value to a player looking for a quality arch top.
Comes with an older, possibly original, hard case.
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