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Vega Tenor Banjo

  • Vega Tenor Banjo
  • Vega Tenor Banjo
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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
Object Type