Retrofret Stock # 4763. Vega Little Wonder Model Guitar Banjo (1924), made in Boston, Mass., serial # 56818, natural varnish finish, maple neck and rim, ebony fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case. An nice example of the fairly rare Vega Little Wonder Banjo-Guitar. Although a relatively inexpensive model in the Vega line the Little Wonder is still a robust high-quality instrument, lacking only the fancier tone rings and bracket band of the White Lady and Tubaphone. This banjo features a heavy laminated maple rim and neck and very thick ebony fingerboard, simple sheathed brass wire tone ring and standard brackets mounted thru the rim. The neck has an ebony heelcap and headstock facing, bone nut and pearl dot inlay. The rim edge is bound in tortoise celluloid with the bottom edge laquered black. These beautifully made Vegas are probably the best open back guitar-banjos ever built, and sound great for everything from New Orleans Jazz ("Play that thing, Mr. St Cyr!" - with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five Johnny St Cyr used a six-string Vega) to Old-Time Country.Overall length is 35 7/8 in. (91.1 cm.), 11 13/16 in. (30 cm.) diameter head, and 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.). A very good player; all hardware intact including tuners and tailpiece. Appears all original except for a clear overfinish to the front and back of the headstock with a repaired split in the face veneer only beside the tuners. Set up with a good skin head, sounds excellent. Includes a new HSC. Generally Excellent Condition.
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