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

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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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson PB3 Plectrum Banjo, 1927

⚌Reduced‼  Gibson PB3 Plectrum Banjo, 1927

Built largely with Maple, the Gibson PB3 used solid Maple for the neck and pot, and Laminate Maple, stained Mahogany, for the Resonator. The fingerboard is Rosewood – and at the time, even though this was an ‘entry level’ instrument, that meant Brazilian Rosewood. The classic inlay set is executed in Mother of Pearl, with the engraved MASTERTONE block at the next to last fret. All the original hardware is present, including the Grover pancake tuners.

Vintage
Price: $3,499.00 CAD
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Deering White Lotus 5 String Banjo White Oak

Deering White Lotus 5 String Banjo White Oak

The Deering White Lotus 5-String Banjo by Deering is a resonator back model with no exotic woods, just White Oak and Maple. The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern, is centered around the patented white oak rim. Notably lacking a traditional heavy tone ring, the natural white oak rim closely recreates a bright, crisp bluegrass punch, ushering in a new era in playing comfort and sound for today’s banjo player.

New
Price: $2,789.00 CAD
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Vega White Oak Open Back Banjo 12 inch by Deering

Vega White Oak Open Back Banjo 12 inch by Deering

Here’s a new item – the Vega White Oak 12 Inch Open Back Banjo by Deering. This is a lightweight open back model with no exotic woods, just Oak and Maple.

New
Price: $2,589.00 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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❌SOLD❌ Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

❌SOLD❌ Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

For many years, the Vega company was a prominent musical instrument builder, and the Vega Senator 5-string open back banjo was a typical offering. Market and management changes led to Vega’s decline, and the name has now become a valued Deering brand, recalling the historic banjos of the early part of the 20th century.

Vintage
Price: $1,350.00 CAD

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