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Vega Dragon Star Banjo


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A dramatic dragon is exquisitely inlayed in mother of pearl and abalone shell in the peghead of the Vega Dragon Star. The many scaled, fire breathing dragon's tail and claws are entwined around a bold Vega star amid vividly engraved in the classical tradition. Made for the dedicated frailing/clawhammer style player, at the base of the scooped ebony fingerboard is a delicate princess colorfully inlayed with hand-engraved detailing and the accented stars that are used as position markers. Bright sterling silver beams of light emanate from the end of her hand-held staff pointing in the direction of the dragon on the peghead of this elaborate banjo.

The precise Vega style 3-ply violin grade maple rim is hand fit with a genuine Vega Tubaphone tone ring, brass bracket band, and frosted top head to provide a clear tone across the entire range giving the professional player a deep bass with a bright treble and everything in between. Bearing the traditional frailing scoop favored by clawhammer players you can use this banjo to play any style you like. It is richly dynamic, accurate all the way up the neck, with a complete range of tone that is preferred by discerning professionals and collectors of fine instruments.


Banjo Specs


  • Amber Stained AA Grade Curly Maple
  • Slender Vega Neck Shape
  • Hand Engraved Dragon Inlaid in the peghead
  • Vega Lady bearing a wand with Sterling Silver Rays inlaid in the fingerboard
  • 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Bone Nut
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Traditional Vega Neck Shape
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Deering Planetary Tuners
  • Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
  • High Gloss Finish
  • Ebony Heel Cap


  • Genuine Brass Tubaphone Vega Tone Ring
  • Vega Precision 11" 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim with Black Cap
  • Brass Bracket Band with 24 Shoes
  • Notched Brass Tension Hoop
  • 24 Round Hooks with 5/16″ Hex Nuts
  • 11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
  • Two Coordinator Rods for Adjustments
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Deering Truetone Tailpiece
  • Deering Armrest
  • Traditional Vega Armrest

Includes a Vega Hardshell Case


Versatile, bright highs and deep bass notes; it is prized for its full, round and yet sparkling tone and for its depth,responsiveness, and power. It's lighter weight than a bluegrass banjo with a classic tone.


g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.


  • Comes with Deering Light Gauge Strings tuned to in standard G tuning (g,D,G,B,D)
  • Gauges: 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10
  • End Type: Loop


  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 27″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2"
  • Weight Approx. 8 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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