About this Banjo
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 Old-Tyme Wonder is reliable and exceptional with its all-around “woody” tone, playability, versatility and responsiveness. A classic, now from the craftsmen at Deering! Made in USA.
For Clawhammer banjoists who prefer a scooped neck to ease plucking their banjos over the fingerboard we make the Vega Old Tyme 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 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.
It is the mellowest banjo sound, a lovely full tone. The Old Tyme Wonder is reliable and exceptional in tone, playability, versatility and responsiveness, with a round wooody tone perfect for old time string bands.
Deep Warm Brown Stained Maple Neck
Scooped Ebony Fingerboard
Adjustable Truss Rod
17 Nickel Silver Pressed in Frets
Traditional Vega Neck Shape
Deering Planetary Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
Shoe & Screw Bracket Assembly
Beveled Tension Hoop
12″ Fiberskyn Medium Collar Head
24 Flat Hooks and 9/32 Hex Nuts
No Knot Tailpiece
Nickel Plated Hardware
Includes a Deering/Vega Hardshell Openback Case
The mellowest and most gentle banjo sound, a lovely full tone. The Old Tyme Wonder is reliable and exceptional in tone, playability, versatility and responsiveness, with a woody thunkiness that is perfect for old time string bands.
g,D,G,B,D in standard tuning Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2″
Weight Approx. 5 lbs
The trust and pride Deering shares in their product gives them the confidence to grant every owner of a Deering banjo a Lifetime Warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship
Includes: Vega Old-Time Wonder 5-string open-back banjo, premium hardshell case, electronic chromatic clip-on tuner, a set of strings, leather strap and beginner clawhammer DVD.
Bonuses When You Order From Banjo.com
- 5th String Railroad Spike Capos – FREE
We can add these as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. When you add this banjo to your cart just select that you want the capos. What is this? When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.
- Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack – FREE
We can send along with your banjo a Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack for free. This includes a strap, DVD, and tuner and picks.
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Barry Waldrep –
A very dark sounding banjo with fiberskyn head and scooped fingerboard. It is not a bright sounding instrument. A very lonesome sounding tone that is perfect for minor tuning.