Vega® Kingston Trio - Bob Shane Plectrum Banjo


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.

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 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 Bottom 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
Open Back

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

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

C,G,B,D in standard plectrum tuning
D,G,B,E - the top 4 strings of the guitar
D,G,B,D - open G tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.


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

Lifetime Warranty

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.