Vega-Vox IV Tenor Banjo

Description (Brief)
This four-string tenor banjo was made by the Vega Instrument Company Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts around 1965-1966. It is a "Vega-Vox IV" model, serial number A-125768, with a carved neck and an elaborate resonator. This banjo is listed in the 1964 Vega banjo flyer as selling for $930.00 plus $75.00 extra for the carved neck. In the late 1950s-early 1960s when a “folk-revival” boom hit in the United States, Vega was one of the few companies still producing banjos.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1965-1966
maker
Vega Instrument Co., Inc.
Measurements
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
overall: 34 1/4 in x 13 3/4 in; 86.995 cm x 34.925 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
1998.0074.01
catalog number
1998.0074.01
accession number
1998.0074
serial number
A-125768
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sharon L. Faina, In loving memory of H. E. Burton from his family
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