Vega Senator 6 String Banjo by Deering
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- Mahogany neck
- Three-ply Maple Rim
- Spun brass tone ring
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Nickel Plated
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The American made Vega Sentor 6-String is tuned like a guitar and uses extra light gauge acoustic guitar strings. The Slender mahogany neck and ebony finger board make playing fast, comfortable and precise. The light weight, spun brass tone ring and fiberskyn head give the Senator 6-string a warm tone in a light weight banjo. The straight line adjustable tailpiece aids in creating a clear sound and helps keep the banjo in tune consistently. Whether playing ragtime, blues, folk, country, pop, world music or even bluegrass, the Vega Senator 6 string has the "classic banjo sound" demanded by recording artists around the world.
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I believe you have to approach it as neither a guitar nor a banjo. The response and sustain
is different from a guitar and the 6 strings, tuned like a guitar, make the musical possibilities
different from a 5 or 4 string banjo.
I have owned a few of these hybrid instruments from vintage Vega to brand new Gold Tone, all have
been well made and I have never owned any of the less expensive import brands. Those never felt
very solid and, to my ear, did not sound good.
Here we have this Vega Senator and my first impression is how musical the instrument sounds. I
play fingerstyle with picks on my fingers and the tone from the instrument is quite pleasing.
The sound is balanced across the range and certain fingerpicking tunes, notably ragtime arrangements,
transfer easily from guitar to guitar-banjo. Most tunes played on a National steel guitar, like
the arrangements of Blind Boy Fuller, work well here too.
The workmanship on the instrument is top-notch! Very nice neck and fingerboard profile and excellent
action and setup. Tuners work well and the fit and finish is as good as I have ever seen.
Only negative I have at the moment is the case. It is sturdy and well made, but I do not care for
to carry a "Deering" billboard with me. I wonder if that print can be removed.
Recommended guitar-banjo listening: Rev. Gary Davis, Norman Blake, McGee Brothers, etc.