Quality American Made Banjos

Most Popular Clawhammer Banjos

Here is a collection of some of our most popular banjos for playing clawhammer banjo.  You can play clawhammer on any 5-string banjo, but these are the ones our customers use the most. If you are interested in learning what is clawhammer banjo and how to play clawhammer banjo, click here!

Goodtime™ Banjo

Easy to play! Durable and easy to maintain! The Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim.  At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently. Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo for greater success in learning to play.

$529.00

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Goodtime Americana™

FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. Continuing the long standing Goodtime philosophy of offering the best value American made banjos available, the Americana is the lowest priced 12” model on the market today and retains the distinctive natural blonde Goodtime aesthetics. In keeping with the rest of the Goodtime line, this banjo also features guitar style tuners, a rock maple neck, nickel...

$629.00

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Goodtime Old Time Beginner Banjo Package

Learn to play old time Appalachian banjo.  Featuring the brand new Goodtime Americana banjo, you’ll learn to play old time tunes in the clawhammer style.  Featuring the NEW Deering Clawhammer DVD!

$739.00

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Artisan Goodtime Banjo

FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. The familiar rich dark brown stain, planetary tuning pegs and the addition of 5th string spikes at frets 7, 9, 10 for alternate tunings allows this light weight maple banjo to exceed the features customers wanted and needed. The violin-grade maple rim is made of the same wood used on the professional level Deering models and gives the Goodtime banjo a r...

From $799.00

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Goodtime Special™ Openback Banjo

FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. This is the lowest priced Deering banjo made with a tone ring. The openback style makes it suitable for clawhammer or frailing styles of playing, while the increased brightness and volume is a wonderful surprise to players who play in the more traditional bluegrass style of play.

$879.00

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Goodtime Artisan Americana

Played with an old time style technique, the Goodtime Artisan Americana is reminiscent of banjos from a period when larger rims were more prevalent which makes the 12” a great setup for playing old time music. A traditional 11” banjo with a frosted top head has a far brighter sound and will “cut” more. Since the combination of the Grand 12” rim and the Renaissance head makes for a wonderfull...

From $889.00

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Artisan Goodtime Special Openback Banjo

This versatile banjo can also be played in the keys of A, B, or C by using the spikes which are already installed and a capo. If you enjoy playing standing up this is perfect as it weighs 6.5 lbs and you can stand up play it all night long! Being an openback banjo, this is great for the Claw...

$1,099.00

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Vega® Little Wonder Banjo

Now available with a 12" rim! When you step up to a Little Wonder you get a banjo featuring a durable ebony fingerboard which gives you the look and feel of a professional instrument. Both the comfortable neck and quality rim are stained a deep warm brown. The pot has a coordinator rod that easily and accurately adjusts the banjos "action″ or string height for easy playability. The ...

From $1,729.00

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Vega® Old Tyme Wonder Banjo with 12" Rim

Now with a featuring the new Grand 12" Rim, this banjo is perfect for old time clawhammer banjoists. The wider 12" rim brings out more bass response and truly gives a great old time banjo tone when paired with the fiberskyn head.  Featuring a scooped neck to ease playing over the fingerboard. We build in a traditional "scoop″ that allows more room for the fingers and thumb of the right hand ...

From $1,989.00

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Vega® Old Tyme Wonder Banjo

For Clawhammer banjoists who prefer a scooped neck to ease plucking their banjos over the fingerboard we make the Vega Old Tyme Wonder. We build in a traditional "scoop″ that allows more room for the fingers and thumb of the right hand to pluck the strings over the fingerboard. We steam and bend our violin grade maple rim and install a fiberskyn head over the rim, attaching a classic "no kno...

From $1,989.00

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Vega® White Oak Banjo 11" Banjo

“The quality of the tone is what matters. If it doesn't move you when you play...if it doesn't move something in you then it doesn't matter what its made out of. In the white oak, I found yet another voice that I hadn't heard in any of the banjos that I own.” - Rick Barron, Deering Artist The Vega White Oak banjos are ideal for clawhammer and folk music and players will marvel at the ...

$2,099.00

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Vega® White Oak Banjo 12" Banjo

“The quality of the tone is what matters. If it doesn't move you when you play...if it doesn't move something in you then it doesn't matter what its made out of. In the white oak, I found yet another voice that I hadn't heard in any of the banjos that I own.” - Rik Barron, Deering Artist The Vega White Oak banjos are ideal for clawhammer and folk music and players will marvel at the b...

$2,199.00

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Vega® Senator 5-String Banjo

A spun brass tone ring, ideal for Old Time, Classical, Folk, Civil War music, over 100 years of Vega tradition and Deering's innovative approach to banjo crafting went into the creation of the Vega Senator model. The spun brass tone ring gives it a bright yet warm tone. The Senator has the time honored vintage Vega peghead profile, and a rich warm brown stained maple neck with adjustable tru...

From $2,249.00

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Deering Eagle II™ Openback 5-String Banjo

Deering's newest professional grade openback 5-string banjo. The Eagle II™ banjo is a whole new breed of banjo. It features the ground breaking, patent pending Twenty-Ten™ Tone Ring which is a completely original Deering design that gives the banjo an extremely clear tone. This is an incredible clawhammer banjo!  

$2,489.00

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Deering Sierra™ Openback 5-String Banjo

Our most popular and affordable professional grade banjo now available as an openback. Greg Deering knows what it feels like to want a professional banjo and not be able to afford it, so this has become the flagship of our line. We make the Sierra affordable and you get all the most important features that affect the tone and playability. Simple detailing allows us to keep the cost down, whi...

From $2,569.00

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Vega #2 Banjo

The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. The Vega No.2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. We make genuine Vega Tubaphone tone rings of brass to create a beautiful quality of tone an...

$4,149.00

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Deering Clawgrass™ No. 2 Banjo

The Clawgrass™ No. 2 model is created when Mark Johnson approached Deering with one vision in mind - to offer the same solid foundation, quality, tone and playability of his original, but at a more affordable price point. The new Deering Clawgrass No. 2 banjo has the same dynamic ton...

$4,699.00

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