Deering White Lotus 5-String Banjo

$2,699.00

For years players have been asking for a lighter weight banjo with a full rich tone at an affordable price point. This desire has now become reality in the new White Lotus 5-string resonator banjo. Weighing in at only 8 pounds and featuring the newly patented Deering white oak rim design, this American white oak banjo has the bright tone, crisp and clear note distinction, power, and sustain formerly only seen in banjos with metallic tone rings.

Having heard a vintage guitar of white oak years ago, Greg Deering decided to experiment with a white oak rim and neck for a banjo to see how the tone of this unique tone wood translated to a banjo.

Surprisingly the result is a banjo with an almost metallic resonance without a tone ring. Why? American white oak is noted for a heavy, straight-grained texture; hard, tough, very stiff and strong. It is these key qualities of white oak wood that imbue this banjo with strong fundamental notes and a series of overtones that imitate a bell metal tone ring without the additional weight characteristic of this classic banjo component. Now the banjo player can have the much desired lighter weight banjo with “tone ring” power.

Alongside the patented white oak rim, other features include a white oak neck and resonator accented with white binding, a Midnight Maple fingerboard and peghead overlay, new lotus flower inspired inlays, the Eagle Series style flange, Deering’s comfortable neck shape with the easily recognizable peghead profile and and a sparkling glossy finish.

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Vega® White Oak Banjo 12" Banjo

$2,199.00

“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 bright tone and distinct note clarity from a banjo that weighs less than 6 pounds!

The two models offer the choice of a traditional sound in a 22-fret Vega open back with an 11” rim and frosted top head or the grand bass response and grand tone of a 12” rim with a renaissance head.

The Vega openback models are made entirely of white oak and also feature a midnight maple fingerboard and peghead overlay, a sleek satin finish and are adorned with a gryphon inlay at the peghead - Greg Deering’s own tribute to the incredible inlay work of the late Icilio Consalvi.

Born in 1865, Consalvi worked mostly in the Boston area and is responsible for some of the banjo world's most beautiful and intricate inlay work. In particular, Consalvi’s work can be found on many early Fairbanks, Cole and Vega banjos built in Boston at the time. As the son of an Italian family of jewelers, Consalvi is perhaps best known for a one of a kind exquisite banjo that currently resides in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Aside from the lavish engraving and stunning detail, the banjo is said to contain over 39,987 individual pieces, each inlaid by hand over three years.

Each Vega White Oak is complete with a hard shell case and a lifetime warranty.

Neck:
White Oak Neck
Incilio Consalvi inspired Gryphon Peghead Inlay 
Slender Vega Neck Shape
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Adjustable Truss Rod
Midnight Maple Fingerboard
Deering Planetary Tuners
Deering Geared Fifth String Tuner

 

Pot:
12" 3-ply White Oak Rim
Shoe & Screw Bracket Assembly
Notched Tension Hoop
24 Round Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
Medium Collar Renaissance Head
Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
Nickel Plated Hardware
Deering True Tone Tailpiece
Slender Deering Armrest
Durable and Elegant Satin Finish

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

Tone: 

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″
Diameter 12″
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2"
Weight Approx. 5 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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Vega® White Oak Banjo 11" Banjo

$2,099.00

“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 bright tone and distinct note clarity from a banjo that weighs less than 6 pounds!

The two models offer the choice of a traditional sound in a 22-fret Vega open back with an 11” rim and frosted top head or the grand bass response and grand tone of a 12” rim with a renaissance head.

The Vega openback models are made entirely of white oak and also feature a midnight maple fingerboard and peghead overlay, a sleek satin finish and are adorned with a gryphon inlay at the peghead - Greg Deering’s own tribute to the incredible inlay work of the late Icilio Consalvi.

Born in 1865, Consalvi worked mostly in the Boston area and is responsible for some of the banjo world's most beautiful and intricate inlay work. In particular, Consalvi’s work can be found on many early Fairbanks, Cole and Vega banjos built in Boston at the time. As the son of an Italian family of jewelers, Consalvi is perhaps best known for a one of a kind exquisite banjo that currently resides in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Aside from the lavish engraving and stunning detail, the banjo is said to contain over 39,987 individual pieces, each inlaid by hand over three years.

Each Vega White Oak is complete with a hard shell case and a lifetime warranty.

strong>Neck:
White Oak Neck
Incilio Consalvi inspired Gryphon Peghead Inlay 
Slender Vega Neck Shape
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Adjustable Truss Rod
Midnight Maple Fingerboard
Deering Planetary Tuners
Deering Geared Fifth String Tuner

 

Pot:
11" 3-ply White Oak Rim
Shoe & Screw Bracket Assembly
Notched Tension Hoop
24 Round Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
Medium Collar Frosted Top Head
Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
Nickel Plated Hardware
Deering True Tone Tailpiece
Slender Deering Armrest
Durable and Elegant Satin Finish

Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

Tone: 

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″
Diameter 11″
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2"
Weight Approx. 5 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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