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c.1950s Vega Model E-401

Serial #: 8427, white Boston label

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

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type

Materials: Highly figured tiger flame maple top, back and sides; solid Honduras mahogany neck; bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and headstock; triple-bound top

Hardware: Original hardware includes nickel trapeze tailpiece with pickup selector, tone and volume controls, adjustable rosewood bridge, enclosed nickel tuners, Vega Duo-Tron floating pickup system; older beveled tortoise guard in correct contour, 1/4" endpin jack installed.

Notes: When the Bush Music Studio in Claremont, NH sold this gleaming guitar, Eisenhower was president, and Tal Farlow and Johnny Smith were making their classic recordings. Vega introduced its first archtop in 1933, and its first cutaway in 1949. This guitar is a rare example of their later production, with a highly figured tiger flame body, adjustable trussrod, and a fast, contemporary neck profile. We believe the guitar dates to the mid-50's, and the instrument is in exceptional condition, with its ingenious Duo-Tron suspended double floating pickup system. The original sunburst finish is without pick, buckle, or thumbwear, and the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is straight and without divots, with fresh new fretwork installed.

The figured 17" body is the top of the Vega electric line, and neck profile is notably slim and fast. One of the rarest postwar American archtops, the Vega 401 is an outstanding value and one of the most innovative designs in the development of the contemporary jazz guitar.

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 nickel roundwound 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: Original Geib brown plushlined hardshell case, with Bush Music Studio decal, natch.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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