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Vega Kingston Trio - Bob Shane Plectrum Banjo


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Played with a flat pick, and so called a "plectrum", The Bob Shane 50th Anniversary model celebrates the fact that the banjo music on the famous recording of the song, "Tom Dooley", was actually played by Bob Shane on a plectrum banjo that was tuned like the last four strings of a guitar! A Little known fact.

The Bob Shane Plectrum banjo is a professional grade banjo made beautifully figured natural koa wood buffed to a high gloss. It has a genuine Deering made Vega Tubaphone tone ring made of brass for outstanding quality of tone and projection. The precision Vega style 3-ply Maple Rim, hand fit with a genuine Vega Tubaphone Tone Ring, Brass Bracket Band, Frosted Top Head provides a crisp tone for all styles of music.

This is the perfect cross over banjo for guitar players who want that special banjo tone! Whether you play Kingston Trio style of popular folk music, classical, bluegrass, old fiddle tunes, blues, jazz or compose your own music with this wonderful plectrum banjo you get renowned craftsmanship, and classic tone.


Banjo Specs


  • Natural Koa
  • 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Mother of Pearl Inlay in the Peghead
  • Mother of Pearl Vega Fingerboard Pattern
  • Traditional Vega Plectrum Neck Shape
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Bone Nut
  • Deering Planetary Tuners


  • Genuine Brass Tubaphone Vega Tone Ring
  • Premium 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Notched Brass Tension Hoop
  • Brass Bracket Band with Shoes
  • 24 Round Hooks with 5/16″ Hex Nuts
  • 11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
  • Two Coordinator Rods for Adjustments
  • Deering Truetone Tailpiece
  • 5/8″ Deering 6-string Compensated Maple/Ebony Bridge
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Satin Finish

Includes a Vega Hardshell Case


A warm round, vibrant tone with balanced responsiveness of highs and lows.


C,G,B,D in standard plectrum tuning

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.


  • Comes with Deering Plectrum Banjo Strings in standard plectrum tuning (C,G,B,D)
  • D,G,B,E - the top 4 strings of the guitar
  • D,G,B,D - open G tuning
  • Gauges: 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10
  • End Type: Loop


  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 3/16″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2"
  • Weight Approx. 7.5 lbs


The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Deering banjo a Lifetime Warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.


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