The peghead inlay was also altered slightly by Vega.The metal plates remained on the dowel sticks thru 1909.
For those interested in finding out more about buying vintage banjos and other vintage stringed instruments, I have included a page on that as well. Cole "Eclipse" (Bird) 5-string banjo, S/N 597, Circa 1891 W. Cole "Eclipse" 5-string banjeaurine, S/N 2541, Circa 1895 W. Cole Eclipse 5-string banjo model 2500, S/N 3197, Circa 1896 W. Cole 5-string ladies' banjo, model 1500, S/N 3425, Circa 1896 George C. Dobson "Victor-Concert" 5-string banjo, Circa 1880's George C. Fairbanks (by Vega) "Electric" 5-string banjo, S/N 24549, Circa 1908 A. Fairbanks (by Vega) Regent 5-string banjo, S/N 25121, Circa 1909 A. Fairbanks (by Vega) "Tubaphone" #9, 5-string banjo, S/N 25516, Circa 1909 A. 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. From 1910 thru 1921 dowels were marked with a stamp that included both Fairbanks Banjos and Made By the Vega Co. Thus almost all new models introduced from 1904-1921 carried the name until 1922 .The Vega catalog circa 1904-1908 unfortunately did not picture but described in detail the incredible Whyte-Laydie De Luxe model which is prohibitively rare or non-existent. 9, and the De Luxe) all of which continued the use of the Whyte-Laydies bracket band construction with un-perforated rims.The Vega name has been part of banjo history since the late 1800’s.Deering has owned the trademark since 1989 and taken into the 21st century with the advantages of modern technology but with careful attention to the historical base producing powerful, folk and early style banjos that are as much at home in today’s music as they were in years past.Noted for their full, round depth of tone and dynamics, the sound of these banjos are ideal for old time music, fingerstyle, folk, and singer/songwriters.For Clawhammer banjoists who prefer a scooped neck to ease plucking their banjos over the fingerboard we make the Vega Old Tyme Wonder.Note: After considering the Pickin' list of known F&C serial numbers where the total number produced was evenly divided among the 10 years of producton, I decided that it was not unlikely that F&C actually started a new series with each passing year.The following adjusted designation by year is, like the prior authoritative list, probably accurate within 1 year.