Quality American Made Banjos

Banjos

We make all styles of banjos. 4 string, 5 string, 6 string, banjo ukes, and more! All of our banjos are made in Spring Valley, CA.

Deering Calico™ 5-String Banjo

A premium quality world class 5-string 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 projec...

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Deering Jens Kruger Model

This began as the Top model of the Tenbrooks line before being included in the Artist Series.  It is made with violin grade maple because of the musical qualities of this wood and it features a radiused ebony fretboard. Jens prefers stainless steel frets because of the durability of the stainless steel. The frets wear longer before needing to be replaced. Before switching to stain...

$15,799.00

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Deering Banjosaurus™ Long Neck

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 th...

$63,719.00

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Deering Calico™ Plectrum Banjo

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...

$5,139.00

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Deering David Holt Model Banjo

An open back banjo with a deeper 4" rim, the depth of a minstrel banjo, is what story teller and Grammy award-winner, David Holt has been playing since 1988. Requests for one like his inspired the David Holt Tree of Life model which harkens back to the sound of a minstrel banjo. This banjo is light weight, only 8 lbs, because it has the Grenadillo wood tone ring and no flange nor reso...

$11,999.00

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Deering Dropkick Murphys Tenor Banjo

Beautifully inlayed into the fingerboard in Italian Pearloid are the name of the band in Old English lettering, two classic shamrocks and a banner proudly supporting "Boston″ at its base. Only the highest quality of curly maple wood is used for the neck and resonator on this model. A special thing about the Dropkick Murphys Model is that it is one of the lightest professional banjos made. It...

$3,649.00

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Deering Gabriella™ 5-String Banjo

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 p...

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Deering Golden Classic™ 5-String Banjo

Top of the line, prewar style with 24 Karat Gold Deering inlay in the peghead, the Golden Classic is the ultimate compliment to traditional players who prefer the feel of older necks and the great bluegrass sound of Flatt & Scruggs. Applying Greg Deering's wealth of knowledge of how to create the finest banjos and combining that with traditional parts and dimensions he has elevate...

$9,139.00

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Deering Golden Era™ 5-String Banjo

A maple, prewar style bluegrass banjo made like the classic banjos of the 1930's with the same materials and the same weight, design and features, the Golden Era is one of our most popular banjos for traditional bluegrass bands. If you're looking for that classic bluegrass banjo tone and look - this is the banjo for you. Adorned with a traditional hearts & flowers inlay pattern, this ban...

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Deering Jens Kruger Model with -06- Tone Ring

This began as the top model of the Tenbrooks line before being included in the Artist Series.  It is made with violin grade maple because of the musical qualities of this wood and it features a radiused ebony fretboard. Jens prefers stainless steel frets because of the durability of the stainless steel. The frets wear longer before needing to be replaced. Before switching to stainless steel ...

$13,259.00

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Deering® John Hartford 24-Fret 5-string Banjo

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...

$5,249.00

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Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star™ Banjo

Crisp Maple with a brilliant full bodied tone, deep bass, brilliant highs, The Saratoga Star is one of the most elegantly beautiful modern banjos to enter the musical arena of classic instruments. Greg Deering personally designed the inlays with an Art Nouveau style in mind. Reminiscent of the Victorian Era, this high grade maple banjo stands out as a top of the line professional instrument,...

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Deering Tree of Life 5-String Banjo

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. The Tree of Life in...

$15,999.00

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Vega #2 Banjo

The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. The Vega No.2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. We make genuine Vega Tubaphone tone rings of brass to create a beautiful quality of tone an...

$4,149.00

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Vega Dragon Star Banjo

A dramatic dragon is exquisitely inlayed in mother of pearl and abalone shell in the peghead of the Vega Dragon Star. The many scaled, fire breathing dragon's tail and claws are entwined around a bold Vega star amid vividly engraved in the classical tradition. Made for the dedicated frailing/clawhammer style player, at the base of the scooped ebony fingerboard is a delicate princess colorful...

$8,099.00

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Vega Kingston Trio Long Neck Banjo

Tuned in E or capoed in G, and great for deep singing voices, the Kingston Trio Long Neck celebrates the success of one of the longest living popular folk bands. If, like Greg Deering, you first found a love of the banjo from listening to the Kingston Trio, having one of these wonderful banjos makes you a part of something very special. You have a choice of color in selecting your Kingston T...

$6,249.00

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Vega Long Neck Banjo

The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering's hand made, classic Tubaphone tone ring. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. This pot design gives the Vega Long Neck Banjo a round full tone that sustains with a pure and clear sparkle. Whether you want to re-create the folk music of the 1960's or musically travel into unexplored banjo territory or si...

$5,149.00

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Vega® Professional 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

The famous Vega Pie Back Resonator projects the tone of this 19 fret Vega Professional Tenor banjo. Greg Deering re-created the process for making the pie back resonator of the excellent professional grade Tenor banjo. Made with a Tubaphone tone ring, it has the punch, crack, snap, whatever you call it, that quick response and brilliant clarity that perfect tenor sound that is the heart of D...

$7,499.00

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Deering® John Hartford 5-String Banjo

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 pu...

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Deering Calico™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

The heart of the Deering Calico banjo is the Deering bronze tone-ring, precisely fitted to the three-ply violin grade 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 no...

$5,139.00

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