Black Diamond™ Banjos
Unique is both sound and appearance, the Black Diamond appeals to the banjo player who wants more bass response to his instrument. The beautiful straight-grained mahogany and black head combined with the Deering -06- tone ring combine to create a tone that is clear and powerful and has an unexpected bass response not found in most banjos. The high gloss finish, ebony fingerboard and engraved, diamond shaped inlays, and maple purfling stripes give the banjo a stunning aesthetic to match the superlative tone.
For the modern banjoist, the Black Diamond breaks with tradition both in the distinctive appearance and in the unique tonal quality. The black mylar head creates a distinctive sounding modern banjo! The dark red mahogany contrasts against the black trim. It is also one of the loudest banjos, that really barks when you want it to.
The Black Diamond has been called elegant, progressive, modern, gorgeous, and sweet. Actually, they are all true. It has a slender mahogany neck that is shaped for easy, comfortable fingering, ideal for large and small hands. If you look closely at the naturally beautiful ebony fingerboard you will see the custom touch of our master luthier's hands in the engraved mother of pearl diamond inlays. The ebony peghead overlay also has a mother of pearl Deering banner and an elegant mother of pearl diamond cluster. Look along the side of the neck and the sides of the resonator and you'll see the delicate stripes of blond maple that artfully contrast to the black binding on the resonator and the dark edge of the ebony fingerboard. The black shiny head and these beautiful features give the Black Diamond a unique tone and progressive look that is both beautiful and irresistible.
The genuine Deering -06-bell bronze tone ring,violin grade three ply maple rim, and one piece cast zinc flange is the same that is used on all of our upper line banjos like the Calico, G.D.L., Ivanhoe etc.The beautiful highs and powerful well rounded bass is the result of the -06- tone ring. Its an excellent performing banjo and a hot looking banjo as well.
• Mahogany - Now Available in Maple
• Ebony Fingerboard
• Original Deering Engraved Inlays of White and Gold Italian Pearloid
• Slender Fast & Comfortable Neck Shape • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
• Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
• Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
• High Gloss Finish
• Deering 20 Hole -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
• Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
• Brass Notched Tension Hoop
• 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
• 24 Round Hooks and ¼″ Hex Nuts
• One Piece Cast Zinc Flange
• Slender Shaped Armrest
• True Tone Deering Tailpiece
• Nickel Plated Hardware
• Satin Finish
• Trimmed in White/Black/White
• Straight Sidewalls
• High Gloss Finish
With the standard Mahogany, the Black Diamon has a sweet singing professional quality tone. Easy to play with clarity and good note separation. With optional Maple, at no extra cost, the Black Diamond has a brighter and crisper professional quality.
• Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
• Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
• Resonator diameter 13 7/8″
• Overall Instrument Length 38″
• Weight Approx. 11 lbs.
Available Left Handed, Tenor, Plectrum
also in open back or Archtop
Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
If you want more flexibility in your range, the Long Neck banjo is for you. It can be capoed at the third fret and played as a regular 5-string in the key of G, or left open and played in the key of E. The lower range is great for sing-alongs.
Greg Deering personally plays a long neck banjo in addition to his 5-strings and so he has the understanding to make the greatest long neck banjos in the world.
The Black Diamond Long Neck banjo has an adjustable tropical mahogany neck with a hard, dense, colorful, exotic, and naturally beautiful ebony fingerboard and engraved diamond shaped mother-of-pearl inlays. The ebony fingerboard is polished to a smooth surface making all left hand techniques a pure pleasure. The Deering fret work is super accurate and precise to ensure correct intonation over the entire fingerboard. The adjustable truss rod provides accurate adjustment to maintain the best playability without buzzing. The tuning machines on all Deering banjos are Deering's new super smooth planetary tuners. When you tune your banjo, these tuners will glide easily without any bumps or hesitation, putting the pitch of your strings exactly where you want them every time.
With this banjo you get more volume and clarity than you expect from an open-back. As with all Deering upper line banjos, it comes with a hardshell case.
Tropical American Mahogany trimmed in black
Slender, fast and comfortable Deering Neck Shape
Hand-engraved decorative Diamond Inlays
25 Pressed in Nickel Silver Frets
Adjustable Truss Rod
Deering Super Smooth Planetary banjo tuners
3-ply Maple Rim precisely fit with aGenuine Deering -06- Bell Bronze 20-hole Tone Ring
Brass Notched Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top Banjo Head
24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
Nickel Plated Hardware
5/8″ Maple/Ebony Bridge
Two Coordinator Rods
Original Deering Truetone Tailpiece
Fun to play every time you pick it up.
Has the warm sweet tone of Mahogany.
Tuned: E, A, E, G#, B in standard tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Set up at the factory with light gauge strings: 9.5, 11, 14, 20W, 9.5
Any gauge strings will work fine, depending on your preference.
Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 32 7/64″
Overall Instrument Length 43.5″
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