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The Deering Vega Vintage Star 5-string openback banjo offers a fantastic old time tone and vintage vibe. When you open the case of the Vega Vintage Star, you will find a banjo that captures the soul of late 19th century banjos with the playability and adjustability of a modern instrument.

At the heart of the Vintage Star lies a stunning Dobson tone ring. Originally patented by Henry Dobson in 1881, the Dobson balances the low ends with clear highs, and adds just the right amount of sustain to the banjo. The brass Dobson glows from behind the renaissance head, which itself sits on a thinner walled, 12” violin grade maple rim. A knotless tailpiece tops off the setup to produce a classic old-time tone.

The Vintage Star features a durable, low maintenance frosty bronze powder finish, that accents the exotic smokey streaks running through the ebony fingerboard. The finish is also hypoallergenic, which, along with the matching maple armrest, makes for a truly comfortable playing experience.

The Deering Vintage Star banjo is a timeless instrument and as beautiful to look at as it is to listen to.
Deering Vega Vintage Star 5-String Openback Banjo
Deering Vega Vintage Star 5-String Openback Banjo
Deering Vega Vintage Star 5-String Openback Banjo

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  • 12" thinner 3-ply violin grade maple rim
  • Dobson tone ring
  • Satin-finished quartersawn maple neck
  • Deering Planetary Tuners with black buttons

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  • Neck
  • Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: Vega 'D' Shape
  • Stain: Dark Walnut
  • Finish: Satin
  • Nut Material: Ebony
  • Tuners: Deering Planetary Tuners with Black Buttons
  • 5th String Tuner: Deering Gotoh Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Frets: 22 Nickel Silver Frets
  • Pot
  • Rim: 12" Thinner 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
  • Rim Diameter: 12"
  • Tone Ring: Dobson Tone Ring
  • Head: 12" Renaissance Low Crown
  • Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
  • Hooks & Nuts: 24 Flat J-Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
  • Armrest: Matched Wooden Deering Armrest
  • Hardware Plating: Frosted Bronze Hypoallegenic Hardware
  • Tailpiece: Deering Knot-Less Tailpiece
  • Finish: Dark Walnut
  • Dimensions
  • Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4"
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4"
  • Rim Diameter: 12"
  • Overall Instrument Length: 38"
  • Weight Approx.: 8 lbs
  • Tunings
  • Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Strings
  • Comes tuned: G, D, G, B, D

collapse expand iconWarranty

Deering banjos with the lifetime warranty are only available through authorized Deering Dealers.

IF YOU BUY A "NEW" DEERING BANJO FROM A NON-AUTHORIZED DEALER, YOU HAVE PURCHASED A USED BANJO AND HAVE NO WARRANTY. When we send a Deering banjo to an authorized dealer, only that dealer or another authorized dealer can sell that banjo as new. If an authorized dealer sells a new Deering banjo to a non-authorized dealer, the non authorized dealer becomes the first owner and he becomes the bearer of the lifetime warranty; not a new dealer by transfer. When the unauthorized dealer sells that banjo to the consumer, even if it was never played or even touched, it is a used instrument and no longer carries the lifetime warranty. This is necessary so that we know how the banjo has been cared for between the time we ship it and the time that our customers buy it. We have no way of knowing how non-authorized dealers care for their instruments because we do not communicate with them. This also honors and protects the strong relationship between Deering and its treasured network of hard working Deering dealers. For your protection against theft and to ensure immediate proof of ownership, four digits of the serial number are visible on the back of the peghead on each banjo. The full serial number is inside the resonator. When you purchase a Deering banjo and send in the warranty card you will receive a Gold Credit card style ownership/warranty card. This gold card is embossed with your name and the serial number of your new banjo for easy identification. Take your Gold Card with you to festivals or when traveling so that if your banjo is ever stolen you can easily prove it's yours.

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