Deering Vega Banjos
Celebrating over 100 years of Vega banjos 1904 – 2005 Deering are continuing the tradition of these super banjos and are building a range of models including the Vega Little Wonder, the Vega Bluegrass Wonder and the Vega Old Tyme Wonder and the Vega Senator through to the Vega Tu-ba-phone tone-ring models including the Vega No.2, the Vega Long Neck and the Vega Dragon Star.
The Tu-ba-phone tone-ring is made especially by Deering first introduced in 1909, it is a complex and demanding tone-ring to build. Made in three pieces that must be assembled with extreme care and precision (Or it just wont work) this ring is hand made and hand assembled by highly trained luthiers, creating one of the most beautiful sounding Tu-ba-phone tone-rings ever made.
The Vega ‘Wonder’ banjos are excellent maple banjos at a modest price and offer you this classic Vega banjo design in specific versions for old time, clawhammer or frailing players through to the resonator ‘Bluegrass’ model. At Eagle Music Shop we can supply any model with the standard 1:6 gear ratio guitar tuners or Deering planetary geared tuners.
The Tu-ba-phone models are world class banjos and offer you the much sought after classic banjo that has been snapped up by collectors throughout the latter part of the 20th century.
The Vega Long Neck is especially designed for the finest sound in popular folk music. It is tuned in the key of E and you can place a capo at the third fret for regular 5-string tuning (key of G). It is comfortable to play and very responsive. The rim has three maple laminations, mounted with Deering's genuine Tu-ba-phone tone-ring and is encircled with a metal bracket band. An ebony fingerboard is bound in white and inlaid with mother of pearl position markers. An adjustable truss-rod reinforces the walnut stained maple neck. Modern co-ordinator rods hold the neck to the rim and provide easy adjustment of the action. All hardware is nickel plated. The head is a standard 11". You can choose from Eagle Music Shop guitar-style tuners with a 1:6 gear ratio for very precise tuning or Deering planetary tuners as an optional.