Vega Style N Tenor Banjo (1924)

Vega  Style N Tenor Banjo  (1924)

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Vega Style N Model Tenor Banjo (1924), made in Boston, Mass., serial # 57771, natural mahogany finish, laminated maple and mahogany rim, mahogany neck with ebonized fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This Vega is a fine-sounding early-pattern student tenor banjo. The Style N is a basic openback short scale instrument, with the typical Vega quality construction but no ornament whatsoever -- rather like the Martin Style 17 guitars of the same period. This short neck 17-fret instrument is the more archaic style of four-string that would be eventually phased out in the later 1920s, except as a beginner's banjo. This superbly well-preserved Style N remains an excellent vintage choice for a student banjoist, or anyone preferring a shorter scale tenor instrument with a big sound for Irish or standard playing.
 
Overall length is 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm.), 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm.) diameter head, and 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 19 3/4 in. (502 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.).

This little banjo remains ALL original, down to the Vega-branded head. There is some light wear overall and dirt on the head, but really this instrument has not seen a lot of use in nearly 100 years! Still an excellent learner's Tenor banjo; very easy to play with a very pleasant sound. Excellent Condition.