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Rhiannon Giddens Giving Tuesday Charity Banjo

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The Rhiannon Giddens Giving Tuesday Charity Banjo is entirely one-of-a-kind, with the maple wood stained Black and the metal parts finished in Black Powder Finish. With the drum head of the banjo a smooth matte black that is personally signed by Rhiannon, and the peghead with “BLM” burned in among scroll artwork, this is Rhiannon’s Giving Tuesday Charity Banjo. 

The charity Rhiannon chose for this auction to benefit is Imani WorksHaus of Lacks. Imani Works is a human rights advocacy group and a consultant with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. As part of their commitment to the thirty human rights articles chartered December 10, 1948, they promote the human right to their own culture, which includes programming supporting and promotion of Affrolachian (Black Appalachian) culture with an annual music and dance festival in Central Virginia, The Affrolachian On-Time Music Gathering. One of the activities Imani Works also supports is a new effort of artists, Haus of Lacks, who have the mission to educate, activate, connect and bridge the gap between protesters, lawmakers, and communities through the performing and visual arts. This is the wonderful cause Rhiannon requested the proceeds for this special banjo auction go towards.

This banjo is based on the Deering Artisan Goodtime that has a bright tone and an ease of playability. It was designed and built by Deering Banjos at their factory in Spring Valley, California specifically for this auction.


The Artisan Goodtime banjos embody Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, playing, looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could. It is a never-ending quest that Deering pursues every single day.  


  • Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained Black.
  • White Pearloid Artisan Style Inlays set in the Midnight Maple Fingerboard  
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets 
  • “BLM” Burned into the Peghead with Scroll Artwork
  • Planetary Tuners 
  • Geared 5th String Tuner 
  • Durable Satin Finish 
  • Spikes installed at 7th, 9th, and 10th frets 
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead 



  • 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Black
  • Steel Tension Hoop with a Hypoallergenic Oxblood Red Powder Finish.
  • 11″ Matte Black High Crown Head Signed by Rhiannon.
  • 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge Stained Black.
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts 
  • 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments 
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece with a Hypoallergenic Black Powder Finish.
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments with Black Hypoallergenic Powder Finish
  • Durable Satin Finish 
  • Black Hypoallergenic Powder Finished Arm Rest  


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



g,D,G,B,D in standard G 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″ 
  • Rim Diameter 11″ 
  • Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″ 
  • Overall Instrument Length 38″ 
  • Weight Approx. 6 lbs 

Also comes with a Deering Gig Bag Case 



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.

*Shipping, Customs and Duty fees paid by recipient

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