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Vega Tenor Banjo

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National Museum of American History
This "Soloist" Vegaphone tenor banjo was made by the Vega Company in Boston, Massachusetts around 1929. It has 28 brackets, a maple neck with an ebony fingerboard with pearl position marks, patented brass top hoop and bracket band over a 7 lap sectional maple hoop, peghead with mother-of-pearl inlay, and a resonator made of five-ply figured maple. It is stamped with serial number 87500. In a 1928 Vega catalog, the "Soloist" banjo sold for $200 and was described as “…the ideal instrument for the player who desires a combination of superior tone and a flashing golden appearance.”
Currently not on view
Vega Company
Date Made
ca 1929
Credit Line
Gift of Adam Gallan
overall: 34 in x 13 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 86.36 cm x 34.29 cm x 8.255 cm
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