Retrofret Stock # 6605. Vega C-66 Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar, c. 1938, made in Boston, Mass., serial # 38935, sunburst lacquer finish, maple back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original brown hard shell case. This very finely built Vega archtops of the 1930's remain under-appreciated by many; this C-66 is roughly the equivalent to the Gibson L-7 and in some ways is an even classier guitar. It is a full 17" body carved-top guitar with a triple bound top and single bound back, fingerboard and headstock. The fingerboard has pearl diamond inlay and the headstock has a fairly elaborate "Vega" logo surrounded by shaped pearl. The tailpiece is heavy milled metal with a very elegant tension adjustment mechanism and the nicely sculpted bridge has an unusual base with a longer foot on the bass side. The neck is slim and very modern feeling and this is a very fine player's guitar as well as an interesting and unusual part of archtop guitar history.Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This is a very clean example overall, with some light wear but no major issues. It has been re-fretted with larger wire some time back and the fingerboard binding has a number of old shrinkage cracks but is solid. There is very little playwear, some slight dimpling to the top under the bridge but the bracing and arching are very solid. The only addition is a strap button to the side of the heel. The original pickguard and bracket are included but the celluloid has begun to deteriorate so it is not currently mounted to the guitar. This is a very good sounding guitar, not as loud as some period Gibson's and Epiphones but with a well-balanced, even sound. Includes a very nice original HSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.
|1938||Very Good||sunburst lacquer||Original Hard|
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