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Pete Seeger long neck banjo

Pete Seeger Banjo

For the banjo player who went to a Pete Seeger concert in the early '60s, or went to see the Kingston Trio, this banjo was as close as they could get to the banjo they had seen onstage. Seeger had clearly been the first to promote the extra-long neck and the additional range it offered, but by the time this Pete Seeger model was sold even folk-group banjo players who rarely moved the capo still chose this model, simply because the look of a long-neck banjo was actually more critical than the additional frets.

This one is completely original except for the added sliding 5-string capo (see photos 22 and 23). We can't be sure about the cam-type D-tuners, but these same versions show up on so many Vegas from this period that we're assuming they were installed by Vega before the banjo was shipped. Despite the fact that a few years later the more sophisticated Scruggs-Keith pegs made cam-type D-tuners obsolete, these early versions work remarkably well and allowed a stage performer the option of going from one tuning to another without subjecting the audience to an annoying trial-by-tuning.

Includes the original Lifton "Built Like A Fortress" hardshell case, with original handle and green plush lining with double accessory pockets. The case is in almost the same condition as the banjo itself.
So go ahead, turn the clock back half a century, for unlike automobiles or most appliances this Vega Pete Seeger model works just as well as the latest new open-back banjo.

 


Video with Tom Culbertson - Gryphon Teaching Staff

 

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