This is an exquisitely rare 5-string banjo from 1910 that is stamped “Fairbanks by Vega” and “Special” on the rim stick. Starting with a 10 5/8” spun over rim, Vega married it to a 20” scale 5-string neck with the style 4 inlay pattern in the rosewood fretboard. As one might expect, the tone, especially in the upper register, is ultra sweet with that brilliant response so typical of the Vega banjos of the early 20th century.
The condition of this 110 year old instrument is remarkably clean, with just a slight bit of corrosion on a few of the brackets, and three bracket nuts have been replaced with slightly later Vega nuts. Everything is original including the complete set of five ivoroid buttoned friction tuners. Here's a rare opportunity to own a vintage treasure that plays like a modern instrument and is easy to carry around as well. stk#VGB5035
$1,850.00 with period correct Vega tenor case that has been cleverly modified to fit the instrument perfectly.