This is one of the most curious American-made '60s guitars we've had, and while the serial number suggests 1963, the Needham Heights, Boston, address on the small paper label would peg production to 1966 or later. And of course Vega was sold to C. F. Martin in early 1970.

You have to wonder where Vega got the inspiration for a 00-size Dreadnought with deep sides (almost 5 inches deep at the end pin, and the short neck heel suggests the neck was made from the same mahogany blanks used to guitars of regular depth). It's less than 15 inches wide, with a 25-inch string scale, so Vega clearly wasn't thinking this A-25 model would compete with a Martin D-18.

Another surprise is how well this was made for so late in the history of the original Vega company.The X bracing is nicely done, but not a copy of Martin's bracing, and it has nice Grover Sta-Tite tuners and a nice thin lacquer finish. Another plus is the condition, with no cracks or serious wear, and it's original throughout except for the bridge which is an excellent copy of the original (shown in photo 15).

And the sound? Very bright but balanced, and lots of volume. Confuse your guitar-expert pals when you pull this out of the case! But whatever, just don't confuse this cool Vega guitar with the weird and sometimes poorly made Vega-brand guitars that came out after the real Vega of Boston was history.

stock no. 55890

Topsolid Spruce
Back and sidessolid Mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length25"
Bridge materialRosewood
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
Inlayfaus tortoiseshell
Total frets20
TunersGrover Sta-Tites
Serial No11977
BracingX pattern