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1948 Vega C-71

Serial #: 4808R, gold Boston label

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25" Nut Width: 1 10/16"

Finish: Original blonde finish, nitrocellulose type

Materials: Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top; highly figured tiger flame maple back and sides; solid mahogany neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; star peghead inlay; bound fingerboard; triple-bound top

Hardware: Original hardware includes chrome harp style trapeze tailpiece, adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, open-back gold Grover Stat-Tite tuners with orange Lucite knobs, adjustable truss rod. Correct bound leopard shell pickguard; Kent Armstrong floating single coil pickup with tone and volume controls and endpin jack.

Notes: By the time Elmer Stromberg started building guitars in Boston, the Vega Company had been making instruments in that city for over a generation. One of the preeminent banjo manufacturers, Vega introduced its first archtop in 1933, and continued making top-flight hand carved instruments for several decades. This guitar is an outstanding example from their prime years, with a solid handcarved bookmatched spruce top, gold hardware, and staggering tiger flame maple back and sides. While Vega offered the new blonde finish as an option on its top line archtops, the "Soloist" C-71 was their only model on which a natural finish was standard.

The guitar has been kept in fine condition, with all original amber blonde finish over a spectacular fiddleback flame maple body. The guitar is crack free, and shows only light pick, buckle or thumb wear for its vintage. The solid spruce top is handcarved, and joined in three pieces, a distinctive Vega trademark, and a small piece of headstock binding has been replaced. With a slim and contemporary neck profile, the action is low and fast over fine level fretwork.

The acoustic tone is clear, open and well balanced, and the Armstrong floating single coil pickup is reminiscent of the classic DeArmond, and is adjustable for either nickel or bronze strings. Of special note are the original orange lucite 'Jello-cube' tuner buttons, a colorful postwar design seen only on Vegas of this vintage. If it's true that blondes have more fun, this beauty is ready to party hearty indeed.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridgewheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.013-.057). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Plushlined hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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