The Vega Banjo Company is one of the oldest banjo companies in the history of the instrument. Originally started in Boston, Massachusetts in 1880. Vega was eventually sold to the Martin Guitar company in the 1960s. Martin later sold the company to a Japanese company in the 1970s. This company later went out of business and the Vega Banjo Company was no more - until Greg Deering, founder of the Deering Banjo Company and aficionado of Vega banjos heard about this and bought the Vega trademark. Since then, Greg Deering and the Deering Banjo Company has brought Vega banjos back to it's original glory.