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c.1915 Vega Size 1

Serial # 28481. A pretty little guitar, with back and sides of figured Brazilian Rosewood, ladder-braced Red spruce top, classy checkered top purflings and matching rosette, white celluloid bindings and a graceful stylized herringbone back strip. With its thin French polish finish and feather-light build the guitar has a deep and robust voice that belies its small size. It's very responsive, and rewards a light touch with its best. Open, articulate and defined, with a very full and round midrange, and a nicely supportive palette of overtones.

A crack-free guitar with original bracing and bridgeplate intact, no repairs other than a reglued bridge and reset-neck. Neck bolt added, and possibly some French-polish touch-up to areas of the body, but it's quite honestly hard to tell. The finish is gorgeous and very thin. Frets dressed by us, bridge saddle slot filled and recut for better intonation, new bone saddle. Pearl dot ebony bridge pins, ebony nut, original Waverly tuning machines.

Size 1 body, with a lower bout width of 12-7/8". 25" scale length, 1-13/16" nutwidth, string spread at the bridge measures 2-5/16". The guitar's neck has a late 1920's Martin feel, with a rounded V carve and nicely radiused fingerboard.

With chipboard case

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