Deering® John Hartford 24-Fret 5-string Banjo

$5,249.00

You get two full scales on the 24 Fret John Hartford Banjo and the added length of the neck moves the bridge to the center of the head giving a more rounded full bodied tone!

The 24 Fret John Hartford model – a new sound in a full bodied banjo that gives you two full scales up the fingerboard. This Hartford has a big round tone that is full bodied with great bass and sweet highs. With the -06- tone ring and 24 frets it has a more distinct bell like ring to it, with the Grenadillo tone ring it has a more woody ringing tone.

Both choices of tone ring give that distinct round and fruity John Hartford style of sound.

Neck:
• Curly Maple with Walnut Stain
• Beautiful Steamboat Scroll Mother of Pearl Inlays
• Slender Deering Neck Shape
• Ebony Fingerboard, Bone Nut
• 24 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
• Adjustable Truss Rod
• Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
• Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
• White Binding with Black/White Trim

Pot:
• -06- Deering 20 Hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring or Hartford Grenadilo Tone Ring
• Deering Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
• Brass Notched Tension Hoop
• 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
• 24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
• One Piece Cast Zinc Flange
• 5/8″ Deering Maple/Ebony Bridge
• Deering True Tone Tailpiece 
Resonator: Curly Maple with Dark Walnut Stain
Tapered Resonator Sides on the Inside for Projection of Tone
• White Binding with Black/White Trim
• Vintage Satin Finish
• Optional Pop-On Resonator 


Dimensions:
• Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
• Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
• Resonator diameter 13 7/8″
• Overall Instrument Length 39″

• Weight Approx. 11 lbs ith the -06- Tone Ring and 9 lbs with the Hartford Grenadillo Tone Ring
  

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case


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Deering® John Hartford 5-String Banjo

$4,999.00

People ask why we have a non standard inlay pattern on this banjo. It was once the standard pattern and fairly common to just have the inlays grouped right in the middle and out on the ends of the fingerboard. Some of the old banjos like the Farland, and some of those old banjos made before 1900 had this, so John asked us to do that. John was a licensed river boat captain and wanted us to put some sort of a riverboat theme into his banjo. And again, we were kind of stumped a little bit, not wanting to just put inlays of riverboats in the fingerboard. Then we had a really neat opportunity because when Chuck, our head craftsman and artist who has been with us over 30 years now, was growing up and learning to play music his main banjo hero was John Hartford. Chuck grew up in Minnesota and when John Hartford would come to town to play he would never miss a concert and he thought John Hartford was the coolest musician. The idea that he would someday be making a banjo for John Hartford was beyond his wildest dreams so I gave the job of designing the inlays to Chuck.

Chuck started studying riverboats and reading a lot. He went to the library and found all the books he could about riverboats. He discovered that there is a whole classic architecture of riverboats that's significantly different than the architecture that goes into houses. People think that the gingerbread on a riverboat is the same as on the house but it is actually distinctly and identifiably different. The ratio of the length to width and the style of the scrolls that go into the riverboat architecture are different than what is on a gingerbread house, a Victorian period house. So Chuck took the riverboat architecture and used that classic form to develop inlays for the Hartford banjo. It ended up having a very riverboat type of flavor because it uses that architecture and that art form without having to have pictures of riverboats on it. We accomplished a really classic design for John and Chuck was able to have a wonderful time working with John on the inlay.

When John Hartford passed away we changed the nameplate on the fingerboard from mother of pearl to abalone in the fingerboard. So if you find a Hartford with a white mother of pearl name plate it was built before he passed away. If it has abalone it was made after his passing.

There is an even lighter weight version - the Hartford Pop-On Resonator banjo which is convertible from openback to bluegrass style by popping on the resonator. (replacing the 2 lb flange with a brass tube) - Greg Deering

Neck:
• Curly Maple with Walnut Stain.
• Beautiful Steamboat Scroll Mother of Pearl Inlays
• Slender Deering Neck Shape
• Ebony Fingerboard

• Bone nut
• 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
• Adjustable truss rod
• Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
• Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
• White Binding with Black/White Trim

Pot:
• Hartford Grenadillo Tone Ring 
• Deering Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
• Brass Notched Tension Hoop
• 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
• 24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
• One Piece Cast Zinc Flange
• 5/8″ Deering Maple/Ebony Bridge
• Deering True Tone Tailpiece Resonator:
• Curly Maple with Dark Walnut Stain
• Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered on the Inside for Projection of Tone
• White Binding with Black/White Trim
• Vintage Satin Finish
• Optional Pop-On Resonator 

Tone:
This Hartford has a big round tone that is full bodied with great bass and sweet highs. With the Grenadillo tone ring it has a more woody ringing tone.


Dimensions:
• Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
• Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
• Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
• Overall Instrument Length 39″

• Weight Approx. 11 lbs with bronze tone ring, flange and resonator
   9 lbs with Grenadillo tone ring, flange and resonator
   8 lbs for Grenadillo tone ring with "Pop-On″ feature


Includes a Deering Hardshell Case


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Deering Banjosaurus™ Long Neck

$63,719.00

Designed 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 grenadilla tone ring.

Neck:
Blonde Top Grade Curly Maple
Ebony Fingerboard
Shubb Sliding Capo
Exotic Hand Cut Mural Inlay up the Neck
Slender Deering Neck Shape
Ivoroid Binding with Colorful Coral Snake Purfling
Deering Planetary banjo tuners


Pot: 
Top Quality Curly Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
11″ Frosted Top Head
Hartford Grenadilla Wood Tone Ring
Notched Brass Tension Hoop
24 Round Hooks and 5/16″ Nuts
Brass Tube Flange
Your Choice of Nickel, Chrome or Gold Plating
Blond Curly Maple Resonator
High Gloss Finish

Resonator:
Blonde Curly Maple
Coral Snake Perfling
Ivoroid Binding
The Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered on the Inside for Projection of Tone
High Gloss Finish
Spring Steel Resonator Brackets covered with Felt 

"Pop-on Resonator" is fit with felt covered spring steel brackets that allow the resonator to be popped on or removed easily so that you can instantly change the timbre of your tone. It's great for folk musicians who also play bluegrass.

Priced with a Deering Hardshell Case.

Tone:
The Banjosaurus is an amazing blend of bright maple, with deep bass response, being tuned in E, and a balanced warm tone and sustain.
Tuned: E,A,E,G#,B in standard tuning

Can be capoed at the third fret for standard G tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well

Dimensions:

Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 32 1/4″
Resonator Diameter 12″
Overall Instrument Length 43.5″
Instrument Weight 10 lbs.

Truss Rod Wrench Size ¼″ Deep Socket Wrench

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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