Behold a real Vega Pete Seeger long neck model from the mid to late 1960s, but without its long yellow rectangular paper label inside the rim, which printed and hand-written label contained the serial number and model name. This is a shame, but named or not it is in every way the bona fide famous long neck Pete Seeger model. The banjo has a glossy finished sunburst neck and a plain wood matte finish rim. It seems to be original (except for the one missing bracket that we’ve replaced) including having come in with the Vegalon Weatherproof plastic head, but that head was torn and so we replaced it with a modern frosted Mylar head which now shows light normal finger oils. We did not keep the torn head. The neck, including the nut, appears original, the frets show very little wear – they are high and round and level; the tuners are original – the four at the headstock are geared, the fifth is not. It has two coordinator rods, one large and one small. It shows some scratches on the back of the rim, signs of normal use and wear, string changing marks on the headstock, an unbranded hinged tailpiece with a slightly dented back side, there are four small holes on either side of the coordinator rod at the neck joint which is the way Vega made ‘em. There is a minor, not easily discernable, discoloration from a stretchy type of capo on the back of the neck behind the third fret – not terribly material but it should be pointed out, and a few nicks on the neck. Our shop has cleaned up the nickel-plated parts admirably – not to glossy/shiny, of course, but to where it looks its age. It sounds like a Pete Seeger should sound, looks and plays like a Pete Seeger should look. A rose is a rose is a rosewood, they say. It us undeniably a beautiful thing for way less than you’d pay for one with a yellow long paper label. Those things are usually like $4500. Actually, this one is right around the minimum advertisable price of a brand new reproduction – just because it’s missing its label! A bargain it is (yes, really) for an actual Vega Pete Seeger Long Neck that sounds absolutely wonderful.