This banjo was made by the Vega Instrument Company Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1965. It is a Four-String Tenor Banjo, "Vega-Vox IV" model, serial #A-125768, maple neck with mahogany inlay, carved heel, 19-fret ebony fretboard with 8 square pearl inlays, headstock with “Vega” and star motif, gold-tone tuners with white plastic buttons, gold-tone metal hardware, Tu-ba-phone tone ring with “barbell” cutouts, and resonator with “De-Luxe Vegavox” star, with flowers and intricate designs.
As listed in a 1964 Vega banjo flyer, the Vega-Vox IV banjos are custom-built on special order only. This model banjo sold for $930.00 plus $75.00 extra for the carved neck.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- Vega Instrument Co., Inc.
- date made
- Credit Line
- Gift of Sharon L. Faina, In loving memory of H. E. Burton from his family
- Physical Description
- maple (overall material)
- mahogany (overall material)
- metal (overall material)
- plastic (overall material)
- overall: 34 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 34.29 cm x 8.89 cm
- Object Name
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