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Deering® Boston Banjos

“The Boston has quite a history behind it. When we started out to build Deering Banjos the very first banjo we made was called the Intermediate and the heart, or basic guts of that banjo is a relatively new concept and that is that the pot is made out of steel. The steel has good weight and a very good ring for a banjo that is made in a little bit of a lower price range. The inspiration came from a gentleman that used to make banjos up on Mount San Jacinto in a community called Idyllwild. His name was Dave Sleeter. He was a fellow that liked living up in the mountains and built banjos in his cabin and he would make a steel pot and the way he made them was very expensive to make, but the banjos sounded really, really good. So I determined that there was less expensive ways to make the steel rim and it would sound just the same as Dave’s. So we started making them and we started using the 24 piece flange on it because it was really hard to get the holes in a steel rim so perfectly spaced that we could put a whole flange plate on it. We originally were buying flange pieces from Liberty banjo but they kept running out and didn’t want to make any more, and about that time Great Lakes Banjo had quit doing business and we started buying flange pieces from Mark Zimmerman and soon they were all gone, so Mark offered to sell us the die. We bought the die from him, his dad had made the die and we still have the die and we have a punch press that is old and rickety and I won’t let any of our employees run it. We still today, all these years later, this is from the late ‘70’s, come in after hours and Janet and I run the punch two or three times a year. We still personally run the punch press to make those flanges.

The interesting thing about the steel rim is that when we first started making it we went to the San Diego Bluegrass Club. When we got out of the car we could hear the parking lot picking going on and there would always be one banjo that I could hear all the way across the parking lot. We kind of made a game out of going and finding out whose banjo that was, and over a period of time we started to notice that almost every time it was a Boston . That steel rim has a really good clarity of tone. It carries really well and will project beyond banjos that cost a lot more. It is a really good jamming banjo. We call it the Boston because of the banjo heritage of the city of Boston. Over a hundred years ago the whole Mecca of banjos and the banjo world was centered around the city of Boston.” - Greg Deering

Deering® Boston 5-String Banjo

Uniquely Deering, the Boston banjo breaks with tradition and provides a professional quality sound at a lower price point by creating the drum from 3/16″ rolled steel which rings like a tone ring and upgrading the accuracy of tuning with guitar style tuners with a higher gear ratio. The uniquely Deering inlay pattern gives you visual beauty enhancing the great performance.  ...

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Deering® Boston 6-String Banjo

The Boston 6 String banjo is tuned like a guitar so guitar players can instantly start playing this type of banjo. Uniquely Deering, the Boston banjo breaks with tradition and provides a professional quality sound at a lower price point by creating the rim from 3/16″ rolled steel which rings like a tone ring. Also, upgrading the accuracy of tuning by way of guitar tuners with a higher gear r...

$2,469.00

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Deering® Boston 6-String Acoustic/Electric Banjo

Tuned like a guitar, guitar players can get up and go with this 6-string banjo. Our top selling 6-string banjo - now as an acoustic/electric model. This banjo is the preferred sound in country recording studios and in non-traditional bands. Taylor Swift uses this banjo on her Grammy award win...

$2,819.00

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Deering Boston™ 17-Fret Tenor Banjo

A great recording tenor banjo with resonator for sound projection, the Boston 17-fret tenor works for Irish, traditional jazz, or any style you like to play. Tuned in fifths, C,G,D,A it is easily fingered by mandolin or violin players because the chord fingering is the same. This lighter weight Irish banjo is easy to play and incredibly durable for years of enjoyment! The innovative steel ri...

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Deering Boston™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

A great recording tenor banjo with resonator for sound projection, the Boston 19 fret tenor works for dixieland jazz, traditional jazz, or any style you like to play. Tuned in fifths, C,G,D,A it is easily fingered by mandolin or violin players because the chord fingering is the same. This lighter weight Jazz banjo is easy to play and incredibly durable for years of enjoyment! The innovative ...

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Deering Boston™ Plectrum

For Traditional Jazz, or for guitar players, the Boston Plectrum is an easy instrument to play with a lighter weight than the higher end banjos, it's durable and has a good tone. The term Plectrum refers to the fact that it is usually played with a flat pick. It can be tuned for Jazz C,G,B,D or like the last 4 strings of a guitar D,G,B,E. The 22 fret Plectrum banjo is generally used as the m...

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Deering Boston™ Long Neck

Tuned to an open E Chord, the Boston Long Neck is easier to sing with for deep voices. Made popular by Pete Seeger and the Kingston Trio the Long Neck banjo has a greater range for all styles of music. The Boston Long Neck is a very stable, good sounding banjo that travels well and isn't as heavy as other more expensive models. The innovative steel rim construction of the drum provides a cle...

$2,699.00

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