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Vega Old Time Wonder Open-Back Banjo by Deering, Natural, 2009

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The Vega Old Time Wonder is one of Deering’s popular open-back banjo designs, hearkening back to the early days of the Vega company, at a time when the banjo was one of the dominant instruments.

In 1989, Deering bought the rights to the Vega name and started -production. Vega banjos are again available as very high quality, US built instruments.

Built in Spring Valley, CA during October of 2009, this Vega Old Time Wonder features Maple for the pot and neck, with Ebony for the fingerboard. Fret wear is light. The head has been replaced, and the banjo has been set up, it is in overall good clean condition.

The original hard shell case is included with this Vega Old Time Wonder.

Here is Deering on the Vega Old Time Wonder open back banjo:

“For clawhammer banjoists who prefer a 12” rim for more bass response and a scooped neck to ease playing their banjos over the fingerboard, we make the Vega Old Time Wonder. We build in a traditional “scoop″ that allows more room for the fingers and thumb of the right hand to pluck the strings over the fingerboard. We steam and bend our violin grade maple rim and install a fiberskyn head over the rim, attaching a classic “no knot tailpiece″ for a traditional old time sound. This is a lightweight banjo that is made especially for musicians who want the warmer tones that go well in a string band with a fiddle and bass.

It is the mellowest banjo sound, a lovely full tone. The Old Time Wonder is reliable and exceptional in tone, playability, versatility, and responsiveness, with a round woody tone perfect for old time string bands.”

Vega Old Time Wonder by Deering Specifications:

  • Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: Vega “D” Shape with Scoop
  • Stain: Brown Mahogany
  • Finish: Satin
  • Nut Material: Ebony
  • Tuners: Deering Planetary Tuners
  • 5th String Tuner: Deering Gotoh Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Frets: 22 Nickel Silver Frets
  • Rim: 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
  • Rim Diameter: 11″
  • Tone Ring: None Required
  • Head: 12″ Fiberskyn Low Crown
  • Tension Hoop: Beveled Tension Hoop
  • Hooks & Nuts: 24 Flat J-Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
  • Armrest: Traditional Vega Armrest
  • Hardware Plating: Nickel
  • Tailpiece: Deering Knot-Less Tailpiece
  • Finish: Hand Finished Satin Polyurethane
  • Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4″
  • Rim Diameter: 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length: 37 1/2″
  • Weight Approx.: 5 lbs

Price: $1,799.00 CAD
  • Model: Old Time Wonder
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1090909N257, dates to October 2009
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 08/02/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.664lbs 2.12kg
  • Scale Length: 666.75mm 26.25in
  • Nut Width: 31.75mm 1.25in
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