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Vega Vegaphone Deluxe Tenor Banjo, circa 1925

Item Details

Type Tenor Banjo
Brand Vega
Body Length in Inches (excluding neck) 13.75
Handedness Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Instrument Materials Wood, Maple, Ebony, Mother-of-Pearl
Model Vegaphone Deluxe
Serial Number 82036
Date 1925
Additional Information Mother-of-pearl inlaid on ebony fretboard, headstock, and neck heel. Engraved ivoroid on side wall of resonator. Carved maple neck. Paperwork accompanying the banjo indicates that it has been re-fretted, and the hardware has been re-plated. Also includes two photographs of the instrument’s original owner, Angel (Fix) Rasmussen, in promotional band photographs for Mr. B and His Orchestra, and a pair of cuff links worn by Angel, featuring music notes.


- light surface wear across instrument; finish checking; chips and dents; inlay detached from 3rd fret (included separately); cracked binding; missing piece of fingerboard on 14th fret; up-bow to neck; wear to head typical of use; ink to head; plating loss.


13.75" W x 33.75" H x 3.75" D

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