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Tony Trischka Silver Clipper Banjo


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The Tony Trischka Silver Clipper is the slimmed down aesthectically little sister to the Deering Tony Trischka Golden Clipper. It has the exact same tone and playability as the Tony Trischka Golden Clipper.

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“I knew I wanted a radiused fingerboard. Having tried Noam Pikelny’s banjo with 24 frets (an extra two frets coming out over the fingerboard), I requested the same. I had always desired a resonator made of quilted maple.” - Tony Trischka

The Silver Clipper is the aesthetically slimmed down little sister to Tony Trischka's signature Golden Clipper. 

The Silver Clipper’s nickel-plated hardware, acrylic inlays, ivoroid binding, and other appointments make it less expensive than its pricier sibling, but it is still a fully professional-grade instrument, and its basic construction is largely the same as the Golden Clipper. The Silver Clipper features a radiused fingerboard with two extra frets that extend past the neck joint, a beautiful honey-stained quilted maple resonator, and a mahogany neck, as well as tapered resonator walls for an increase in projection. Deering’s 06 bell bronze tone ring, one-piece cast zinc flange, True Tone tailpiece, and Smile bridge top off the Silver Clipper to make it a stunning, professional grade banjo. 

The Silver Clipper’s fingerboard and headstock inlay have the same distinctive design, inspired by the work of Czech art nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.

Of course, Tony’s dream instrument is not just about appearance. Given his wide-ranging music, tonal versatility was clearly part of his vision. Bill Evans at Peghead Nation says, “I’ve searched for an instrument that can really handle hard-driving bluegrass as well as pretty melodic stuff or single-string playing, and this instrument really seems to do it all, right out of the box.”

And this is what the Silver Clipper does so well. Whether you’re a Tony Trischka fan or are simply looking for a banjo that excels at traditional as well as contemporary styles, you should definitely check out the Silver Clipper.  

Featuring the new Deering Smile™ banjo bridge!

Banjo Specs


  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Tony Trischka Designed Acrylic Inlays
  • Radiused Grade A Ebony Fingerboard
  • Extended Fingerboard
  • Deering D Shape Neck
  • Kruger Peghead Shape
  • 24 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Bone Nut
  • Spikes installed at 7 and 9th Frets
  • Deering Planetary Tuners
  • Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Hi Gloss Finish


  • Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
  • Tenbrooks Style 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Notched Tension Hoop
  • 11” Frosted Top Banjo Head
  • 24 Round Hooks with Hex Nuts
  • One Piece Cast Zinc Flange
  • Curved Round Hooks On Either Side Of the Neck
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Deering True Tone Tailpiece
  • 11/16” Radiused Deering Smile™ Maple Ebony Bridge


  • Honey Stained Quilted Maple Resonator
  • Resonator Sides Are Specially Tapered On the Inside For Projection of Tone
  • High Gloss Finish
  • Resonator Back Is Accented With Ivoroid Trim
  • Honey Stained Interior

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case


g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.



  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
  • Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 38″
  • Weight Approx. 11.8 lbs


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