Deering David Holt Model Banjo


An open back banjo with a deeper 4" rim, the depth of a minstrel banjo, is what story teller and Grammy award-winner, David Holt has been playing since 1988. Requests for one like his inspired the David Holt Tree of Life model which harkens back to the sound of a minstrel banjo.

This banjo is light weight, only 8 lbs, because it has the Grenadillo wood tone ring and no flange nor resonator and so is easy to perform with for hours. The deep 3-ply violin grade maple rim and grenadillo tone ring create a warmth and richness all it's own. It's great for singing and storytelling. It has a beautiful curly maple neck that is elegantly carved with a vine and stained to a rich warm brown. The rim is bound with decorative purfling and ivoroid binding inside and out. The metal parts are plated with durable chrome plating that will have a brand new appearance for years to come. The georgeous Tree of Life inlay is sterling silver with mother of pearl flowers and abalone leaves. The colorful flowers are placed on the fingerboard as fret markers. It is a magnificent banjo that is made to be enjoyed and played and passed on as a cherished heirloom for future generations to carry on the family's music.

The Neck: 
Beautiful Curly Maple Neck Stained a Rich Brown
Triple Bound Peghead with White, Black, White
Trimmed with Ivoroid and Coral Snake perfling
Slender, fast and comfortable Deering Neck Shape
Beautifully Hand Carved Heel
Sterling Silver Vine Inlay on Fingerboard and Peghead
White Mother of Pearl Flower Fret Markers
Bone Nut
22 Glued In Nickel-Silver Frets
Adjustable truss rod
Deering Planetary banjo tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
High Gloss Finish

Hartford Grenadillo Wood Tone Ring
Deep 4″ 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Open-back Rim
Ivoroid and Coral Snake Purfling trim
Satin Finish on the Rim
Deering Brass Notched Engraved Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
24 round hooks & 5/16″ Ball End Hex Nuts
5/8″ Maple/Ebony Bridge
Durable Chrome Plating

Priced with a Deering/Vega Openback Hardshell Case

Deep, warm rounded notes that resonate full bodied with clear highs balanced by full bodied bass to create that old time sound of the Minstrel Era.

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″
Open Back Rim Diameter "12
Rim Depth is 4.5″
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2″
Weight Approx. 8 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