Vega Long Neck Banjo


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Pete Seeger invented the long neck banjo when he decided to have a luthier cut his neck and insert 3 additional frets into the length of it. Instead of tuning the newly revised banjo in G, he was able to tune it to an E (Tuned E,B,E,G#,B) which allowed him to sing in that lower key. With 3 extra frets, this low tuned banjo not only sounds beautiful as a solo instrument, but it accompanies the voice with a deep, full and sparkling sound.

Description Specs Media

The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering's hand made, classic Tubaphone tone ring. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. This pot design gives the Vega Long Neck Banjo a round full tone that sustains with a pure and clear sparkle.

Whether you want to re-create the folk music of the 1960's or musically travel into unexplored banjo territory or simply have a superb instrument to accompany vocals, the Vega Long Neck banjo will provide the versatile, sweet, beautiful banjo voice that has inspired generations of singers and players with its sparkling, deep and full sound; This banjo is one of the true classics of the 20th century and the new millennium.


Banjo Specs


  • Walnut Stained Maple
  • Traditional Vega Neck Shape
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • 25 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
  • Natural Ebony Fingerboard
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Bone Nut
  • High Gloss Finish


  • 11" 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Brass Bracket Band & Shoes
  • Genuine Vega Tubaphone Tone Ring
  • Beveled Tension Hoop
  • 24 Round Hooks and 5/16″ hex nuts
  • 11" Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
  • Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Nickel Plated Hardware

Includes a Vega Hardshell Case


Deep, balanced, full, round and sparkling tone with responsiveness, and power.


e,B,E,G#,B in standard E tuning.

Can be Capoed at 3rd fret for G tuning.

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.



  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 32 7/64
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 43 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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