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Deering Clawgrass™ Banjo


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An openback with punch! Features a wider neck and a bronze Deering -06- tone ring.  This banjo can be played for bluegrass, clawhammer, or a blend called Clawgrass, named after the style created by Mark Johnson. For modern clawhammer style players who enjoy jamming in any style of music this powerful openback banjo can hold it's own with a loud, clear bell like tone normally only found in resonator banjos.

The hardware is black nickel plated and engraved.  This banjo also features 24 karat gold accents, a hand carved heel, abalone trim, and ivoroid binding. This is a show piece banjo that is as stunning as the beautiful sound it creates. You can enjoy the tone of the Clawgrass banjos played by Steve Martin, Kevin Nealon and Mark Johnson in their many performances.

Banjo Specs


  • Highest Grade English Walnut
  • Intricate Inlays of Abalone and Mother of Pearl
  • Mother of Pearl "Clawgrass" Inlay
  • Triple Bound Peghead
  • High Grade Ebony Fingerboard
  • Slender Deering Neck Shape
  • Bone Nut
  • Nickel Silver Frets
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Hand set Abalone Trim along the Ivoroid Binding
  • Beautifully Hand Carved Heel
  • 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Deering Planetary Tuners
  • Mother of Pearl Tuning Buttons
  • Deering Geared 5th String Tuner


  • Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Nickel Plated Tone Ring
  • Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
  • Rim Bound with Ivoroid and Abalone
  • Black Nickel Engraved Brass Notched Tension Hoop & Tube Flange
  • 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
  • 11/16" Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • 24 Round Hooks and 5/16″ Hex Nuts
  • Premium Hand Engraving
  • Gold & Engraved True Tone Tailpiece
  • Hand Engraved & Pierced Armrest
  • 24 Karat Gold Plating on All Hardware

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case


g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.



With the exceptionally brilliant tone, quality and playability it's more than just a show piece, it's a banjo player's dream come true.


  • Neck Width at the Nut 1.37"
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 38″
  • Weight Approx. 11.8 lbs


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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