Vega's iconic Peter Seeger PS-5 long neck went through a number of evolutionary changes in a relatively few years, and this is one of earlier versions with several features that soon disappeared. A critical "early look" for many 5-string banjo fans is the Elton banjo tuners, which soon gave way to Grover Rotomatic guitar gears with the buttons sticking out to the sides. Another link to earlier Vega banjo styles is the "Tubaphone" tone ring, which still has the round ports instead of rectangular cut-outs found on later PS-5 and VegaVox models. Do these early features make this example sound different than a PS-5 from a couple of years later? Hard to say, but later versions of the PS-5, made when the folk revival was running at full speed, far outnumber these early versions. This example is in excellent, original condition, with the neck finish and nickel plating showing few signs of handling. Almost zero fret wear, making you wonder how much use this PS-5 saw, and suggesting that the "Vegalon Weatherproof" stamped head is the original as well. The case is the original Lifton, with two accessory pockets, but while the green interior is excellent the black Keratol covering shows some worn edges and isn't as untouched-looking as the banjo itself.