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Own a piece of history!
For 40 years, Deering Banjo Co. has been at the forefront of banjo innovation, refining the sound of America’s own instrument and expanding the boundaries of its use in all musical genres. In the culmination of their 40th anniversary year long celebration, the Great American Banjo Company adds to its illustrious accomplishments with yet another innovation in the history of banjo. Deering invites you to own a piece of history that serves as a reminder of Greg Deering’s lifelong pursuit to cement the status of the banjo as a true American icon.
Limited to only 40 pieces and featuring a brand new, patent-pending White Oak rim, this banjo is one of the most unique Deering has ever heard. The string response is effortless; crystalline notes ring with the resonance of a church bell, loud and clear, with precise note clarity at on every single fret, a well-known hallmark of all Deering banjos. This sparkling tone is only enhanced by an unparalleled sustain that brings out the best in this instrument’s character. It is simply a delight to play. And here is perhaps the most unique aspect of the 40th anniversary model; it does not feature a tone ring. When you hear it, you will have a hard time believing it. And Deering predicts that many players will appreciate the comparatively lighter weight of this latest innovation in their long history of banjo manufacture.
All 40 banjos feature a white oak neck and resonator and will be individually numbered on the rear of the peg head. A matching White Oak truss rod cap personally signed by Greg Deering adds a finishing touch to the elegant inlays in the peg head while a commemorative inlay adorns the 22nd fret. A ‘AAA’ Grade Smokey ebony fingerboard and tortoiseshell binding on the resonator make this banjo an irresistible addition to any banjo collection.
The first time I played the white oak banjo was quite an experience. Oak reacts different than any other wood I have ever heard in a Banjo. Because the entire banjo is made out of oak it gave me a great opportunity to learn more about the wood and its tonal properties.
Greg and I have tried an oak rim Eagle Banjo with a tone ring a while back and I came, at the time to the conclusion that the wood was hard to support the tone in a favorable way. This new design with no tone ring however, presents very different circumstances.
White oak is very hard and, due to its long fibers, it gives the wood an amazing structural strength. Red oak would be different because it is softer in nature and also develops more open grooves after drying than white oak.
One of the characteristics of a tone ring is that the tone itself feels like it is more together. A tone ring smoothens the banjo tone out and makes the notes more uniform to one another. In a banjo with no heavy ring the tone sometimes feels like there is a lack of substance. Specially in the fundamental note. The fundamental meaning the basic not frequency of the note.
Because maple reacts so well to all the energy input via the head, a maple banjo without a tone ring can become very sweet sounding but could also be a little chaotic in the overtones because of its ability to free motion. Oak is different.
Because of oak being so structurally ridged the wood rim cannot move as freely as a maple ring, which results in a sharper tone than maple. On the other hand it does sound warm and sweet which is the opposite of what happens when maple gets too hard. I have to admit that In this moment and time I don't know exactly why this is. I can only guess that due to the oak's stiffness it almost reacts like there would be a tone ring.
It is definitely loud. It is extremely direct and translates any string movement into sound.
The dynamic range is very wide, that means that soft notes are sweet and quiet and loud notes are really loud and piercing. It almost feels like there is a mute taken off a regular banjo.
- Jens Kruger
These custom banjos are made to order. Once your order is placed you will be contacted regarding estimated build times for these handcrafted limited edition banjos.
Original Deering Engraved Inlays of Italian Pearloid
Slender Fast & Comfortable Neck Shape
22 Pressed in Nickel-Silver Frets
AAA Grade Smokey Ebony Fingerboard with Original Deering Inlay Pattern
Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
High Gloss Finish
Patent Pending 3-Ply White Oak Rim
Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
Two Piece Flange
Slender Shaped Armrest
Truetone Deering Tailpiece
Nickel Plated Hardware
High Gloss Finish
Trimmed Tortoiseshell Binding
Straight Side Walls
High Gloss Finish
Priced with a Deering Hardshell Case
Tuned: G,D,G,B,D in standard tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well
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″
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.