With the combo of an almost-12" head and the Whyte Laydie tone ring, this is one of the most sought-after Vega shells and not an easy size to find. We don't know for sure who made the neck (there are no markings), but the inlays and engraving are exactly like what Bart Reiter put on necks he made for Gryphon years ago when we supplied Vega shells for the highly popular "Vega/Bart" conversions. The 30-bracket shell is in great condition, with a matching set of what appear to be original hooks and nuts. Some of the hooks are worn through the plating to dull brown steel, and some of the brass is showing on the round ends of many of the nuts, but that's what happens when a banjo gets used. This newer neck has light fret wear, and some lacquer crazing on the headstock, but no other issues. We're guessing the neck was made no later than the mid-1990s, Bart stopped doing conversions that involved engraved inlays many years before he stopped doing conversion necks altogether, and that was long before he retired. Note the nice grained Ivoroid buttons on the 5-Star Planet tuners. The arm rest is probably original, the tailpiece is not.