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Vega FW5 Folk Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

Vega FW5 Folk Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

Here we have a Vega FW5 Folk Wonder, factory converted as new to a Vega Senator. At the time this banjo was built, the Vega name and facilities were owned by the C F Martin guitar company, and a few years later Martin built some higher end Vega banjos in Nazareth PA.   The Vega name is now owned by the Deering company, who manufacture excellent Vega models.  

Vintage
Price: $1,289.99 CAD
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Vega Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

Vega Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

This Vega Wonder 5-string banjo was built in Boston, Massachusetts during 1967. Vega had been in the banjo business since purchasing the remains of the Fairbanks banjo company in 1904 following a devastating fire at the Fairbanks plant.  Three years after this Vega Wonder was built, the company was sold to the Martin Guitar company. The name changed hands again a few times and is now a valued part of the Deering Banjo company.

Vintage
Price: $1,289.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Vega C56 Archtop Guitar Natural, 1940

❌SOLD❌  Vega C56 Archtop Guitar Natural, 1940

Built to compete with the Gibson L-7 and Epiphone Triumph, the Vega C56 Archtop was built from the 1930s until 1950. It was was Vega’s most popular full sized guitar and featured a solid Spruce top with Maple sides and back, Mahogany neck and Rosewood fingerboard. Here we have a Vega C56 archtop in the natural finish introduced in 1940. The serial number is somewhat below other models known to have been produced in 1940, so there’s a possibility this example was built in 1939. The top is solid Spruce, likely Adirondack.

Vintage
Price: $1,850.00 CAD

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SOLD!! Vega Professional Tubaphone Openback Banjo, 1920s Pot 1960s Neck

SOLD!! Vega Professional Tubaphone Openback Banjo, 1920s Pot 1960s Neck

This is a Vega Professional Tubaphone openback banjo, with a neck from the 1960s and the pot from a 1923 Vega Tubaphone banjo, a conversion common in the 1960s. Vega, now owned by Deering Banjos, is one of the oldest American banjo brands, founded in 1881 in Boston, Massachusetts. This lovely old banjo is a mix of two Vega banjos: a product of 1960s Hootenanny era. 

Vintage
Price: $1,999.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Deering Boston 5-String Banjo, 2007

❌SOLD❌ Deering Boston 5-String Banjo, 2007

The Deering Boston 5-String Banjo was one of Deering’s earlier original designs and aimed to deliver the tonal effects of a quality heavy wood rim and tone ring at a significantly lower price. To do this, Deering uses a rolled steel rim with a mass equivalent to the traditional components. As well, traditional Banjo style planetary tuners have been replaced with standard guitar-type tuners.

Used
Price: $1,200.00 CAD

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Vega Style X No.9 Tenor Banjo, 1926

Vega Style X No.9 Tenor Banjo, 1926

Here, we’re looking at a Vega Style X Number 9 Tenor Banjo, built in Boston during 1926. Typical of higher end banjos of the era, it is adorned with engraved Mother of Pearl Inlays which are in lovely condition, and the engravings have been re-filled. The banjo features a tube-a-phone tone ring and Maple is used for the neck and dowel. The heel is hand carved, also typical of the era.   The backstrap, the wood covering the back of the head, plus the head plate, are Rosewood.  

Vintage
Price: $3,150.00 CAD
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