My trusty (yet always incapable of fine tuning) Epoch electric hasn't been played for months and it just sat in the music room serving as a decorative piece. Well today I decided to sell it, and lo and behold I saw a Vega banjo in the corner of the pawn shop.
Bought it with the money left over from the electric guitar. It's a beautiful 5-string resonator banjo, and from the looks of it, it appears it's from the 1960's or 1970's. I just finished cleaning it and removing the ugly Steel strings. I put on Nylon strings, left over from my Classical Guitar. It sounds very tonal and plucky. It even has an arm rest with the brand name "Elton", those aren't made anymore. The arm rest itself is brass with nickel plating, it shows brass in some areas.
It has a few chips off of the wooden base and one loose bracket hook, really all that needs fixing is tightening of the bracket hook. Aside from those two small things, the banjo owns! I think I'll look for some banjo tablature on the "net" in awhile.
Although I had to sell my electric guitar, all in all, it was a great decision. Now the guitar, in very nice shape, will probably get a new owner and be played everyday and be taken care of for years to come.