Local 1000 is raffling off a Deering Vega® Long Neck banjo, with a head signed by Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger, to help us raise funds for Local 1000’s important work. Tickets are $50 each, and we will only be selling 230 tickets (in celebration of 23 years of Local 1000.)
This raffle is open to the public, and there is a limit of 10 tickets per person. The winner will be drawn in February 2017 at the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City.
A more detailed description of the banjo as well as technical specs are below.
At this time Raffle tickets can only be purchased by sending a check to the Local 1000 office or in-person through a Local 1000 representative at upcoming regional conferences.
The Vega Long Neck banjo is the same design as Pete Seeger played. This awesome banjo has a beautiful curly maple tiger striped neck and a head personally signed by the late Pete Seeger. It is from a limited reserve of heads that Pete signed for the Deering banjo company in support of his favorite causes which Deering has donated to our fund raising efforts making this banjo a one of a kind banjo!
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. A capo can be put on at the third fret and the banjo can be played in standard G tuning. With 3 extra frets, this low tuned (E) banjo not only sounds beautiful as a solo instrument, but it accompanies the voice with a deep, full and sparkling sound.
The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering’s handmade, 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.
VEGA® LONG NECK BANJO
Walnut Stained Maple
Traditional Vega Neck Shape
Adjustable Truss Rod
25 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
Natural Ebony Fingerboard
High Gloss Finish
3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Genuine Vega Tubaphone Tone Ring
Brass Bracket Band & Shoes
Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
24 Round Hooks and 5/16″ hex nuts
Nickel Plated Hardware
Optional Add-on: Add on a Long Shubb Capo or Spikes
Includes a Deering Long Neck 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″
Overall Instrument Length 43 1/2″
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