Since 1975, the Deering Banjo Company has created some of the finest banjos on the planet. A 35 year journey of exploration, innovation, research & development, not to mention countless visits back to the drawing board in pursuit of perfection. An enormous amount of pride is put into all of our products and they don’t come much more perfect than the Deering Private Collection.
Reserved exclusively as a place for the most incredible banjo’s ever produced, the Deering Private Collection is a banjo enthusiasts dream come true. Whether it is the intricate inlay work of the Tree of Life, the exquisite heel carving and burl walnut of the Ivanhoe, or the luxurious mother of pearl fingerboard of the Gabriella, you will find only unparalleled attention to detail, and the finest craftsmanship in the industry. To achieve this level of quality is a very labor intensive process that uses only the best quality hand selected wood and materials. But each banjo is a labor of love and the finished results are simply breathtaking.
If you are a serious banjo enthusiast, then you should consider a banjo from our own Private Collection.
$14,239.00The Ivanhoe is a beautiful gold plated & engraved slender and fast playing banjo with a quick response that is perfect for melodic playing with a sweet yet bright tone that projects well and enhances all musical styles. Versatile and comfortable, the Ivanhoe is a favorite amongst performers who like the fast Deering neck shape and smaller sound chamber.
If you want a banjo that is as beautiful as it sounds, you will cherish having an Ivanhoe. We reserve the most highly figured walnut for the neck and rare pieces of exotic burl walnut veneer for the resonator. The beautiful burl veneer on the resonator is the same veneer as used on the inside of a Rolls Royce. The inside walls of the resonator are carved for loud and clear projection of the wonderful tone.
You'll find superb craftsmanship in every aspect of the Ivanhoe, from the triple bound peg-head to the hand-carved heel and the superbly engraved gold plated metal parts. It has an intricately pierced armrest accented with elegant floral engraving. It is a work of art that will be treasured for generations to come. With the exceptional tone, quality and feel of the neck it's more than just a show piece, it's a banjo player's dream come true. Learn More
$15,259.00The Tree of Life inlay pattern is a beautiful sterling silver vine inlay with abalone flower inlays at the position marker locations and mother of pearl leaf inlays along the rest of the fingerboard. The abalone flowers make finding hand positions easy. Tree of Life banjo is Greg Deerings modern intreptation of the old S.S. Stewart Tree of Life inlay pattern extended and embellished on the peghead to create a uniquely Deering look. It represents a celebration of the beauty and artistry of banjos of old combined with the improved construction techniques which give you a modern banjo that plays as great as it looks. It is an heirloom banjo that will gain in value each year that goes by and an investment you can enjoy every day of your life. Learn More
An Heirloom Banjo - The Texas Banjo commemorates the 150th year anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico. Only 151 Texas banjos will be made, each with a serial number representing one of the years between 1836 and 1986. You can choose, from remaining numbers, a year that has meaning in your life for your distinctive number.
It is hand crafted in The Custom Shop - a one of a kind treasure, 24-Karat gold plated. It’s an investment in your musical heritage that can enjoyed and passed along. It can carry the love of music and heritage of Texas to inspire new generations.Learn More
$31,689.00The ultimate combination of luxurious beauty and incredible sound - the sparkle of the mother of pearl fingerboard is breath-taking like opening a box of jewels when you open the case and the tone of the Gabriella is outstanding. The Gabriella is the very top of the Deering line. We reserve the most highly figured English walnut for the neck and rare pieces of exotic burl walnut veneer for the resonator. The beautiful burl veneer on the resonator is the same veneer as used on the inside of a Rolls Royce.
The beautiful hand crafted and carved walnut neck has a genuine mother-of-pearl fingerboard and vine peg-head inlay. The frets are seated in ebony with the precision of a master craftsman and the pearl of the fingerboard is also set into the ebony so precisely it looks like the frets are set in the pearl. The pearl fingerboard and the nickel silver frets are polished to provide a luxurious playing experience. Only the finest components become a Gabriella banjo. Also, along the edges of the neck and resonator the ivoroid binding is accentuated with multicolored trim of handset abalone shell. The neck is fully adjustable, as are all Deering necks, with our two-way adjustable truss-rod. To top it off, back of the banjo has an elaborate vine of raised and carved maple and mother-of pearl encircling the exotic walnut resonator back. Each banjo of this caliber is signed personally by Greg and his top craftsmen on the serial number label inside. Learn More
$63,719.00Designed for George Grove of the Kingston Trio a mural of inlay of the dinosaur age made of mother of pearl in white, gold and black, coral, turquoise, cactus, abalone, malachite, several kinds of soap-stones, koa, taugua nut, and rosewood are set into the ebony fingerboard. The neck has an adjustable truss-rod and the truss rod cap is cleverly a part of the peghead inlays. It slips under the head of the Tyrannosaurus rex . When you order a banjo of this caliber the one request we have is no strict time limits. It takes as long as it takes. Patience brings great rewards. The Banjosaurus is an amazing blend of bright highs and deep bass response from the Grenadillo tonering. Learn More