The best selection of Vega banjos
The Vega name has been part of banjo history since the late 1800s. Deering bought the trademark in 1989 and took the brand into the 21st century with modern technology while carefully preserving the historical details. The result, a powerful, folk, and early style banjo that is as much at home in today’s music as they were in years past. Noted for their full, round depth of tone and dynamics, the sound of these banjos are ideal for old-time music, fingerstyle, folk, and singer/songwriters.
Vega banjos have a more traditional, old-time look and feel. They are perfect for those who can’t decide between an older, vintage banjo, or brand new model. With a Vega, aspects of both new and old work together to create classic instruments with the iconic older banjo look and sound but with many benefits that only a new instrument can offer.
Feeling a little nostalgic? The Vega Little Wonder is a modern reproduction of a classic open-back banjo from yesteryear. Made by Deering Banjo Company in Spring Valley, California, USA.
This is a light-weight banjo that is made especially for musicians who want the warmer tones that go well in a string band with a fiddle and bass. The result is a very mellow banjo sound, a lovely full tone.
The Vega White Oak banjos are ideal for clawhammer and folk music and players will marvel at the bright tone and distinct note clarity from a banjo that weighs less than 6 pounds!
A Mahogany, warm and woody, light weight longneck banjo, the Woodsongs Campfire Longneck is a collaboration between Michael Jonathan of Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and the Deerings to create a banjo like the one Michael plays that is affordable for his broad audiences.
Open back, 12" maple rim, maple neck with ebony fingerboard, Dobson style tone ring, antique brass hardware, wooden armrest, frailing scoop, includes hard case.
Only 7 lbs, the Little Wonder banjo is a traditional style instrument, with a sweetness and purity of tone that gives both the professional and beginning banjoist a fabulous sounding banjo that is light, fast and easy to play.
A spun-brass tone ring, ideal for Old Time, Classical, Folk, Civil War music, over 100 years of Vega tradition and Deering's innovative approach to banjo crafting went into the creation of the Vega Senator model.
Light weight and tuned like a guitar, for blues, rock, jazz, or any style you want to play, the Vega 6-string is a great sounding light weight openback banjo.
The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. The Vega No.2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss.
Whether you want to re-create the folk music of the 1960's or musically travel into unexplored banjo territory or simply have a superb instrument to accompany vocals, the Vega Long Neck banjo will provide the versatile, sweet, beautiful banjo
The Bob Shane Plectrum banjo is a professional grade banjo made beautifully figured natural koa wood buffed to a high gloss. It has a genuine Deering made Vega Tubaphone tone ring made of brass for outstanding quality of tone and projection.
If, like Greg Deering, you first found a love of the banjo from listening to the Kingston Trio, having one of these wonderful banjos makes you a part of something very special.
The famous Vega Pie Back Resonator projects the tone of this 19 fret Vega Professional Tenor banjo. Greg Deering re-created the process for making the pie back resonator of the excellent professional grade Tenor banjo.
A dramatic dragon is exquisitely inlayed in mother of pearl and abalone shell in the peghead of the Vega Dragon Star. The many scaled, fire breathing dragon's tail and claws are entwined around a bold Vega star amid vividly engraved in the classical tradition.
Vega Tone and Sound
There are many Vegas banjos to choose from and explore below. When looking to purchase a Vega banjo your final decision all depends on what specific qualities, sound and tone you are trying to achieve.
We offer a variety of Vega banjos in a wide price range. The Vega Little Wonder is perfect for the banjo player that wants a bright and responsive tone with an older feel and appearance. The Vega Senator’s appearance and sound is a great pick for the player working to achieve the Old Time, Classical, Folk, Civil War music. The Vega Senator is played here by Scott Avett, founding member of the Avett Brothers. The Vega White Oak Banjo is ideal for achieving the classic clawhammer and folk, with bright tone and distinct note clarity and weighs less than 6 lbs! The openbacks are made entirely of white oak and feature a midnight maple fingerboard and peghead overlay. For players looking for a more mellow sound, the Vega Old Tyme Wonder may be the best choice. With a warmer full tone this banjo plays well with a fiddle and a bass. Hear David Holt play it here.
The best deals on Vega Banjos
We offer a wide range of prices and varieties of Vega banjos. From the more moderately priced Vega Little Wonder to the grand Vega Dragon Star. We offer the best, most competitive prices on Vega banjos. A more moderately priced and beautiful instrument, the Vega Vintage Star is a newer addition to the Vega line-up that we are so proud to sell here at banjo.com. Hear our owner Barry Waldep play it here.
Vega Long Neck Banjos
There aren't a ton of American-made long neck banjos available to choose from, interestingly, Vega has three to choose from.
The most popular is probably the Vega Woodsongs Campfire Long Neck banjo, a collaboration between Deering and Michael Jonathan of Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Expect to get a deep, warm woody sound from this banjo.
The Vega Long Neck features a tubaphone tone ring. The walnut stained maple banjo looks amazing and produces deep, full and sparkling sound.
Greg Deering found a love for the banjo from listening to the Kingston Trio and decided to make a commemorative banjo. The Vega Kingston Trio Long Neck is a special banjo with an incredible inlay.
Finance a Vega
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