- Looking for a lightweight banjo that sounds good? Review by Banjoe
Price Value Quality
Maybe one reason bluegrass banjo players are mostly male is that they need some muscle to lift the things off the rack and support them while they play. It's often true that heavier banjos tend to have a more resonant sound since they have thicker tone rings (just the opposite of guitars, where the lighter ones, i.e., with thin tops, tend to sound better). But this male simply does not enjoy lugging all that weight and has found the Vega Senator a good compromise, with a pleasant, somewhat less brassy sound, though not as loud as many others (a blessing sometimes to people sharing your residence) That means that I am more likely to reach for it at the end of a hard day or take it on trips. The appearance is simple, with a satin finish and dots and one star on the fretboard, construction built to last. It weighs 7.5 pounds. You might also look at the Deering Eagle II, a little heavier at 10 lbs., but with a more substantial tone ring and great sound, satin finish, and still lighter than most resonator banjos, and with some beautiful inlays on the fretboard. Both banjos have the same retail price at present.
(Posted on 3/11/12)