Deering Calico™ Plectrum Banjo


A premium quality, world class plectrum banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response. The Calico is not only beautiful, but it is also exceptionally dynamic with both powerful sound and response; providing an excellent tool for all styles of music. At this price point we add two features, we taper the inside of the resonator walls for added projection of tone, and we also add the feature of glued-in frets. Each fret is fitted to the fingerboard and glued in place so that in the future when the frets are worn out, they can easily be replaced without chipping the fingerboard. You will gain these benefits on every model from the Calico on up the line.

The heart of the Deering Calico banjo is the Deering bronze tone-ring, precisely fitted to the three ply maple rim. The Deering -06- tone ring produces a beautiful, balanced overtone spectrum. Its weight is ideal for most styles played on the banjo. A softer touch will provide you with as much sustain as you ever want, a sharper attack will produce a distinct pop and accurate note separation. You will notice no dead spots over the entire fingerboard. The beautiful highs and powerful well rounded bass is the result of intense study of alloys and shapes resulting in superb sound.

Curly maple with a Honey Stain
Natural Ebony Fingerboard
19 Nickel-Silver Frets glued in for easy replacement
Mother of Pearl Scroll Inlays
Ivoroid Bound Fingerboard
Coral Snake Neck Purfling
Adjustable Truss Rod
Deering Planetary banjo tuners
Bound Neck and Peghead
Slender, Comfortable Deering Neck Shape


Deering -06- Bronze Tone Ring
Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim,
Brass Notched Tension Hoop,
11″ Frosted Bottom Medium Crown Head,
24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
One Piece Cast Zinc Resonator Flange,
5/8″ Deering Maple/Ebony Bridge,
Deering True Tone Tailpiece,

Honey Stained Curly Maple
Coral Snake Purfling trim and Ivoroid Binding
Slender Resonator Depth for quick response,
Tapered Internal Resonator Walls for projection,


The Calico has a smaller air chamber than the Golden Era or the Tenbrooks banjos which gives it a very responsive poppy sound with good note separation that mikes very well. With longer sustain than mahogany, maple provides a beautiful bass response and great highs.
The banjo plays string to string and up the neck at a consistent clarity and volume,

C,G,B,D for Dixieland Jazz or can be tuned D,G,B,E for guitar style tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Neck Width at the Nut 1 3/16″,
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
Resonator diameter 13 7/8″
Overall Instrument Length 38″
Instrument Weight 11 lbs

Lifetime 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.

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