Deering Sierra™ 5-string Banjo

$2,889.00

Our most popular professional grade banjo for almost 30 years. We are proud to manufacture the Sierra as affordably as possible and still retain all of the high end features that affect the tone and playability. Simple detailing allows us to keep the cost down, while still giving you all the important components of a high quality banjo.

Neck:
Mahogany - Now Also Available in Maple
Natural Ebony Fingerboard
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Original Deering Designed Engraved Inlays
Slender Deering Neck Shape
Fully Adjustable Two Way Truss Rod
Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Peg
Satin Finish

Pot: 
Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring
Three-Ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
True Tone Deering Tailpiece
Deering 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
Nickel Plated Hardware
Satin Finish

Resonator:
Mahogany or Maple Stained Brown
White Binding
Straight Inside Sidewalls
Satin Finish

Tone
With the standard Mahogany, the Sierra has the sweet sound of this tropical wood with slightly less sustain than maple or walnut. With the optional Maple at no extra cost, the Sierra is also available with a brighter and more focused tone quality.


Strings: 
Comes with Deering Light Gauge Strings tuned to in standard G tuning (g,D,G,B,D)
Gauges: 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10


Dimensions:
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

Warranty: 
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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Deering Eagle II™ 5-String Banjo

$2,679.00

The Eagle II banjo represents the latest in tone ring innovation from the collaborative efforts  of Greg Deering and Jens Kruger. It features  the ground breaking patented Twenty Ten Tone Ring; a Deering original crafted unlike any other traditional tone ring. Made of brass and producing a tone with a very rich mid-range and good bass and treble response, the most unique feature of the Eagle II banjo is that it is suitable to both clawhammer/frailing and bluegrass, among other styles. Rarely has there ever been a tone ring model that could claim this but customers who own the Eagle II have proclaimed its utmost versatility in this respect. Whether you are a professional or a dedicated banjo enthusiast, the Eagle II will help you soar to new heights!

Played by Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons.

Contact one of our dealers to experience the Eagle II banjo today!

Neck:

Maple Stained a Dark Red Mahogany
Natural Ebony Fingerboard
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Original Eagle Engraved Inlays
Slender Deering Neck Shape
Fully Adjustable Truss Rod
Planetary Banjo Tuners
Geared 5th String Peg
Gloss Finish

 

Pot:

Deering Patent Pending Twenty-Ten Tone Ring
Three-Ply Violin Grade  Maple Rim
True Tone Deering Tailpiece
Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
24 Round Hooks and ¼″ Hex Nuts
24 Bracket Shoes  
Eagle 2-Piece Flange
Slender Shaped Armrest
5/8" Maple Bridge With Ebony Top
Nickel Plated Hardware
Resonator:
Maple Stained Red Mahogany 
White Binding
Straight Inside Resonator Sidewalls
Gloss Finish 

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

 

Tone: 

A strong mid range tone with good bass and vibrant highs, that is versatile for playing both Clawhammer and Bluegrass styles of playing.

Tuned:g,D,G,B,D in standard tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

 

Dimensions:

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. 10 lbs

 

Warranty:
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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Artisan Goodtime Special Banjo

$1,199.00

Featuring Midnight Maple Fingerboard and Vintage Artisan inspired inlays!

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting.

The Artisan Goodtime Special has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Artisan Goodtime Special can be heard with a sweet voice with sustain that compliments all the instruments in a band. Tuned to an open G Chord, with the spikes already installed, you can easily play in other keys.

The stunning new Artisan Goodtime banjos epitomizes Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could. Pearloid vintage artisan style inlays pop off the new Midnight Maple fingerboard, while the peg head is adorned with a beautifully engraved design.

The Artisan Goodtime Special banjo is an achievement in keeping the cost down while providing an instrument that will stay in tune and perform reliably because it is made with precision by skilled American craftsmen. Made efficiently at our factory in Spring Valley (San Diego area of California), this is a comfortably playable banjo with a wonderfully bright tone. It is a solid dependable instrument that is immensely playable with excellent tonality and clarity.

Neck:
Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained A Rich Brown
Vintage Artisan Style Inlays
Goodtime Logo Engraved On Peghead
Deering Peghead shape
Planetary Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Durable Satin Finish
Spikes installed at 7th, 9th, & 10th frets

Pot:
3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown
Patented Goodtime Tone Ring
11″ Frosted Top Head
Steel Tension Hoop
A Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
16 Bracket Shoes
16 Flat Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
Adjustable Goodtime Tailpiece
Nickel Plated Armrest
Nickel Plated Hardware
Durable Satin Finish
Openback

Resonator:
Maple Resonator Stained Rich Brown
Black Binding
Durable Satin Finish

Comes with a Triangle Box/Case

Gig Bag or Hardshell Case is priced separately

Tone:
Has a clear and bright sound of maple.
Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

Tuned: G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes from the factory with light gauge strings: 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10


Dimensions:
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″,
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
Diameter 11″
Overall Instrument Length 37.5″
Weight Approx. 8.5 lbs

Warranty: The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a 6 year warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.

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Goodtime Two™ Banjo

$699.00

THIS BANJO IS ELIGIBLE FOR DEERING'S #YESBANJO TRADE UP PROGRAM. VISIT WWW.DEERINGBANJOS.COM/TRADEUP FOR MORE INFORMATION

A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime Two. We make it here in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling we use to make the top of the line banjos. Greg Deering designed the Goodtime banjos because there were no low priced banjos of enough quality for people to actually learn on without difficulty or giving up. He remembers what it was like to want a good banjo and not be able to afford one, so his gift to others is the Goodtime banjo line. Designed for success, the Goodtime banjos are the lowest priced American made banjos. They are so good many professionals have recorded with Goodtime banjos.

The Goodtime Two weighs 6 lbs - about the weight of a guitar. The Goodtime Two has a natural blonde maple with a satin finish to protect it. The rich, golden tone and the reverberation off the resonator sound great. You can definitely tell a volume difference between open back and a Goodtime Two. The sound waves aren't getting trapped between you and the banjo, which makes a pretty big difference. If you want a great low priced bluegrass banjo for travel and leisure that plays correctly and is durable, this is the best buy on the market!

Neck:
Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Exotic Wood Bowtie Inlays
Geared Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Sealed Geared Guitar Tuners 
Durable Satin Finish
Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead

Pot: 
3-ply Violin Grade Goodtime Maple Rim
11″ Frosted Top High Crown Head
Steel Tension Hoop
16 Bracket Shoes
16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Hex Nuts
Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
2 Piece Flange 
Nickel Plated Armrest
Nickel Plated Hardware

Resonator:

Resonator of Blonde Maple
Black Binding
Durable Satin Finish 


Triangle Box for Carrying
Gig Bag or Hardshell Case Sold Separately 

Tone: 

Has a bright sound of maple that projects well. 
Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

Tuned:

g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning 
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well. 
Comes with light gauge strings
Can be played with medium gauge strings as well.

Dimensions:
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26.25″ 
Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
Rim Diameter 11"
Overall Instrument Length 38″ 
Weight Approx. 6 lbs

Warranty: The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime Banjo a six year warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.

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Tony Trischka Silver Clipper Banjo

$5,199.00

“I knew I wanted a radiused fingerboard. Having tried Noam Pikelny’s banjo with 24 frets (an extra two frets coming out over the fingerboard), I requested the same. I had always desired a resonator made of quilted maple... .” - Tony Trischka

Featuring the new Deering Smile™ banjo bridge!

Neck:

  • Mahogany
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Tony Trischka Designed Acrylic Inlays
  • Radiused Grade A Ebony Fingerboard
  • Extended Fingerboard
  • Deering D Shape Neck
  • Kruger Peghead Shape
  • 24 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Bone Nut
  • Spikes installed at 7 & 9th Frets
  • Deering Planetary Tuners
  • Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
  • High Gloss Finish

Pot:

  • Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
  • Tenbrooks Style 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Notched Tension Hoop
  • 11” Frosted Top Banjo Head
  • 24 Round Hooks with Hex Nuts
  • One Piece Cast Zinc Flange
  • Curved Round Hooks On Either Side Of the Neck
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Deering True Tone Tailpiece
  • 11/16” Radiused Deering Smile™ Maple Ebony Bridge

Resonator:

  • Honey Stained Quilted Maple Resonator
  • Resonator Sides Are Specially Tapered On the Inside For Projection of Tone
  • High Gloss Finish
  • Resonator Back Is Accented With Ivoroid Trim

Dimensions:

  • 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. 11.8 lbs.

Comes with a Deering Hardshell Case

Lifetime Warranty

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Deering Calico™ 5-String Banjo

$4,889.00

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 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 up the line.

The heart of the Deering Calico banjo is the Deering bronze tone-ring, precisely fitted to the three ply 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 note separation. You will notice no dead spots over the entire fingerboard. The beautiful highs and powerful well rounded bass is the result of intense study of alloys and shapes resulting in superb sound.

The Neck:
• Curly Maple With A Honey Stain
• Natural Ebony Fingerboard
• 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
• Mother Of Pearl Scroll Inlays
• Ivoroid Bound Fingerboard
• Multi-color Neck Purfling Trim
• Adjustable Truss Rod
• Deering Planetary Tuners
• Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
• Bound Neck and Peghead
• Slender and Comfortable Deering Neck Shape
• High Gloss Finish


The Pot:

• Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
• Deering Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
• Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
• 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
• 24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
• One Piece Nickel Plated Zinc Flange
• 5/8″ Deering Maple/Ebony Bridge
• Deering True Tone Tailpiece
• Satin Finish

Resonator:

• Curly Maple
• Coral Snake Wood Purfling Trim
• Ivoroid Binding
• Shallow Depth For Quick Response
• Resonator Sides Are Specially Tapered On the Inside for Projection of Tone
• High Gloss Finish

Tone:
With a brighter tone than mahogany, maple provides a beautiful bass response and great highs. The banjo plays string to string and up the neck at a consistent clarity and excellent volume so it is easily heard amongst a band.


Dimensions:

• 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 in Tenor & Plectrum
Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
Lifetime Warranty

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Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star™ Banjo

$8,929.00

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, at home on the concert stages throughout the world. It is played by world renowned banjoists like Bela Fleck, 2007 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year - Tony Trischka, Joe Bonsal of the Oak Ridge Boys, and Ned Luberecki.

From Bluegrass to Country, Rock to Classical, this is one of the ultimate banjos made today. Crafted with the precision of every Tenbrooks banjo out of highly figured violin grade maple for the ultimate tonal power and sparkle. It is so alive with sound that you can feel the vibrations through the back of the banjo as you play. The sound carries clearly greater distances than other banjos. This banjo is for the dedicated musician who appreciates versatility in communicating with the audience through music.

Neck: 
Curly Maple Neck stained a Rich Dark Red Mahogany
Tenbrooks D Shaped Neck
22 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
Ebony Fingerboard
Ivoroid Binding
Bone Nut
Adjustable Truss Rod
Spikes are installed at 7 & 9th Frets
Deering Planetary Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner 

Pot:
Kruger Bronze Tone Ring
Tenbrooks style 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top, Medium Crown Head
24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
Nickel plated Zinc Flange
Deering True Tone Tailpiece
Nickel Plated Hardware
Deering 11/16″ Maple Ebony Bridge

Resonator:
Deep Resonator Made of Curly Maple
Resonator Sides Are Specially Tapered On the Inside For Projection of Tone
Stained a Deep Red Brown
Highly Polished Finish

Tone: 
The Saratoga Star resounds with a brilliant full bodied tone with deep bass and brilliant highs. It has a pleasing clarity and balance on every string up and down the entire fingerboard. The full Tenbrooks banjo design, materials and dimensions create this maple banjo that brings out all the best tone from the wood and precisely created metal parts so that this instrument rings true with a sweet clarity and uninhibited musicality.

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

Dimensions:
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 

Lifetime Warranty:
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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Tenbrooks Legacy™ Banjo with -06- Tone Ring

$5,509.00

Made of mahogany, the Legacy delivers a sweet, warm sound with an uninhibited musicality that effortlessly reaches the audience with a pure and balanced tone, amazingly pleasing to the ear and heralding a whole new musical realm for the world of banjo.The Legacy has a classical Art Deco feel to the inlay pattern, another Greg Deering original design.

The Legacy is a wonderful professional level banjo that is a racehorse for the performing musician and dedicated banjo enthusiast, an effortless and instantly versatile tool for boundless musical creativity. The comfortable neck is made for precise playing, and it features glued in frets for easy re-fretting for the artist who plays a lot.

The Legacy provides a limitless musical playing field, alive with clear and balanced tone from bass to treble on each and every fret. It's a pure pleasure to play.

Neck:
Mahogany Stained a Rich Dark Red
Tenbrooks D Shaped Neck
22 Nickel Silver Frets
Ebony Fingerboard
Bound with Ivoroid
Bone Nut
Adjustable Truss-Rod
Spikes are installed at 7 & 9th frets
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
Super Smooth Deering Planetary Tuners

 

Pot:
Deering -06- Tone Ring
Precision machined Tenbrooks style 3-ply Maple Rim
Brass Notched Tension Hoop
11″ Medium Collar Frosted Top Head
24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
Nickel plated Zinc Flange
Nickel Plated Hardware
Deering 11/16″ Maple Ebony Bridge
Deering Truetone Tailpiece
Deep resonator made of Mahogany
Tapered internal resonator walls for excellent projection
Stained a Deep Red Brown
Highly Polished Finish

 

Tone:
The vibrant and sweet, fully resonant tone with deep full bass and clear crisp highs. The banjo rings true throughout the whole range of the instrument with the sweet, warm tone of mahogany that carries loud and clear to the audience.

The ebony fingerboard and the nickel silver frets are polished to a high lustre to eliminate fret noise and provide a luxurious playing experience.

 

Tuned:
G,D,G,B,D in standard tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

 

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

 

Dimensions:
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″

 

Warranty:

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

Coming soon!

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