NO RESERVE. The Vega Company of Boston is best known for its banjos and brass instruments, but the company also manufactured mandolins and guitars. Vega introduced its first archtop guitar models in 1933, but sales of Vega archtop guitars never threatened those of competitors like Epiphone or Gibson even though theirs were of excellent quality.
Many of Vega’s guitar designs were somewhat imitative of other instruments already on the market, although this Vega archtop does have its own distinctive personality. The shape of the 17-inch body is similar to that of Gibson’s advanced L-5 from the same period, and the natural finish likely was inspired by similar recent moves to that style by Gibson and Epiphone during 1939. The diamond-shaped fretboard inlays also look identical to those on Recording King guitars from the late ’30s. The star headstock inlay, Vega logo banner, incredibly striped celluloid pickguard, and drop-dead gorgeous flamed curly maple tailpiece are stylish embellishments that make this Vega guitar stand out in the crowd.
Serial number: 39461
Back and sides: Maple
Fretboard: Ebony with white plastic inlays
Bridge/tailpiece: Ebony, curly maple trapeze
Tuners: Open gear Grover Sta-Tite with white plastic buttons