Vega-Vox IV Tenor Banjo

Vega-Vox IV Tenor Banjo

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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.

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Object Name
date made
Vega Instrument Co., Inc.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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
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Credit Line
Gift of Sharon L. Faina, In loving memory of H. E. Burton from his family
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