Here's some of the rest of the story....
I remember reading that Pete found some wood that wouldn't bend very easily,and he used it to make his last neck, which I belive he attached to a Vega tuba phone pot.
The photo in the above article shows Pete's banjo head... A Waverly ???? Can't see what model....
The fact of the matter is.... Vega only made two Pete Seeger banjos.
One for him, and one for my friend, Tom McGoodwin.
Tom bought a Vega PS in about 1964...my best guess. There was a fire in the apartment where he was living and his banjo was damaged.
He used the insurance money to buy a new banjo.
It would not surprise me if Tom hadn't set the fire to get a new banjo and some extra spending money. Tom was very ... Inventive when he needed cash.
So, Tom called Vega to order a new banjo to be made from his own specs which included an oversized neck since he had such long fingers....
After he finished telling whoever answered the phone at Vega what he wanted...Tom says that the guy said to him...that's funny because we just got an order from Pete for a new banjo that's very similar to what you want.
Tom said...he told the guy to forget everything he just told him, and make him one exactly like the one they were building for Pete.
After Tom got his banjo, he called Vega to thank them. He asked them how they determined who got which banjo. The guy at Vega told Tom that he got meni and Pete got mo
Tom later added a few more stars to his banjo's neck.
I'm sending Rick a pic of Tom's banjo...