View Full Version : 10-string cylinder back

Jul-14-2008, 7:19pm
<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Vega-Swell-Back-Mandolin-w-Electric-Pickup_W0QQitemZ130238902777QQihZ003QQcategory
Z10179QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">on ebay</a>

Needs some restoration, but a brazilian rosewood 10-string vega must be worth the $1500 BIN to someone.

Bill Snyder
Jul-14-2008, 8:43pm
It has a mole! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jim Garber
Jul-14-2008, 9:41pm
Unoriginal bridge shimmed up to compensate for usual top sinkage; 8 string tuners -- looks like maybe the original 10 string tuners clipped off, for some odd reason. Plus aforementioned pickup with knob installed into top.

OTOH gorgeous BRW back with wild grain. Might be worth sinking money into or keeping it 8 string with wide fretboard. Probably sounds wonderful.

They seller is accepting offers so it might be a good buy for someone.

Jul-18-2008, 9:38am
That diamond is rough enough to qualify for industrial use. It could be saved, but it will need a LOT of work. I'd say more like $500, given the condition and the expense of repairs. Sorry if you're the seller and reading this.

Jul-26-2008, 8:47pm
It's now listed with a $1200 BIN.

Jul-31-2008, 3:44am
Ah, well done. The tuners are very hard to find unfortunately, but you could also cut plates to make them fit (I'd go 3 & 2 for stability). When I had one of these mandolin scale ones, I thought the best stringing setup was a single C string for less buzz.. so maybe you only need to find one 5-string plate!

Jul-31-2008, 7:10pm
Any better photos to post? Nice catch!

Jul-31-2008, 9:29pm
That Brazilian looked very nice. Congrats [/jealous] :0