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Deering Banjo

Deering Banjos

There are very few banjo makers these days that can match the quality and tone of Deering Banjos.  We are talking about hand made instruments from the good old United States of America here.  No over seas copy cat stuff.  You just can't go wrong when you go with a Deering. These are dream machines for serious pickers.  The tone they add to any kind of music is incredible and when you play one you are just so, so, so proud.  Deering Banjos are an investment with which you can't go wrong.

I play a Deering Banjo. And it's under some pretty tough circumstances. I have found that it can hold its own against any instrument out there.  When you play "outside" gigs like I do you need an instrument that really snorts - nothing does it like a Deering Banjo.

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Deering Goodtime Banjo

Deering Goodtime Banjo

If you want a top quality reasonably priced banjo, this is the one. It ' s made right here in America at the Deering Banjo factory. The Goodtime openback banjo weighs only 4 pounds so it is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, or taking to the beach. It provides a vibrant singing banjo tone. The Goodtime banjo is light enough for children to hold and play and is the perfect banjo for a child to start out with. More people succeed in learning to play when they start out on a Goodtime banjo. The slender, fast-playing rock maple neck and birch and maple rim create a sparkling, sweet banjo sound with easy adjustability to keep it sounding and playing great. Geared tuners make tuning easy. Standard 11" head.

Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo.

Tone: Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.

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

 

Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo

Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo

A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime 2. It's made here in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling used 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 2 weighs 6 lbs, about the weight of a guitar. The Goodtime 2 has a natural blond maple satin finish to protect it. 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!

For a punchy, hard-driving bluegrass tone, the Deering Goodtime 2 Banjo uses a rock maple neck and resonator, and a birch and maple rim. The slender and fast-playing neck with all geared tuners creates a banjo that is easy to tune, to maintain and to play. Standard 11" head. The Goodtime 2 Banjo is handmade in the USA.

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 also be played with medium gauge strings.

 

Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo

Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo

Deering's most popular professional grade banjo for almost 20 years. 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 their line. The Sierra is affordable with all the most important features that affect the tone and playability. Simple detailing allows Deering to keep the cost down, while still giving you all the important components of a high quality banjo.

The heirloom-quality, professional Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo features a sand-cast, virgin bell bronze, genuine Deering tone ring mounted to a 3-ply rock-maple rim with a one-piece resonator flange. Uses the same tone ring, rim, and flanges as the Gabriella model, which lists at $24,950! The mahogany neck, resonator with ebony fingerboard, planet-style tuning pegs, and satin finish enhance the classic appearance and playability of this powerful and affordable banjo. Deering includes a $180-value case with your Sierra Banjo.

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

 

Deering 5-Deluxe 5-String Banjo

Deering 5-Deluxe 5-String Banjo

The subtly elegant high-gloss finish, the ebony peghead overlay with mother-of-pearl inlay, and fancier binding on the resonator enhance the beauty of this sweet-toned banjo. Outfitted with the same genuine Deering tone ring, one-piece flange, and 3-ply rock-maple rim used in the Sierra and Greg Deering Limited models. The Deluxe offers the Sierra's sweet tone in a more elaborate banjo that's still modestly priced. Includes case ($180 value).

White and gold engraved inlays designed by Greg Deering adorn Deluxe banjo. It is a sweet sounding professional quality mahogany banjo with Deering's 20 hole -06- bronze tone ring, fast neck and comfortable feel. It's a beautiful step up from the Sierra with added detailing and high gloss finish. It is an inspirational banjo for the dedicated musician. The Deluxe was the third model of the Deering line, originally designed with simple Mother of Pearl Diamond inlays back in 1979 and embelished and upgraded to the beautiful new inlay pattern Greg Deering designed in the summer of 2009.

Tone:
The Deluxe has a sweet singing professional quality tone. Easy to play with clarity and good note separation.

Tuned: G,D,G,B,D in standard tuning

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well

Deering Calico Banjo Natural

Deering Calico Banjo Natural

Deering Calico Banjo Natural

A premium quality, world class banjo that is known around the world for its crisp tone - The Calico is exceptionally dynamic for both powerful sound and instantaneous response; providing a great tool for all styles of music.

The Deering Calico Banjo has a beautiful honey stained curly maple neck and resonator with purfling and ivoroid binding. Mother-of-pearl scroll inlays adorn the ebony fingerboard. The Calico Banjo's neck has a two-way adjustable truss-rod, as do all Deering banjos. Bound in white, the peghead has an elegantly finished look. The slender neck shape is fast and easy to play.

The power, brilliance, and clarity of tone come from our three-ply maple rim, zinc flange, and the Deering -06- 20 Hole Bronze Tone Ring and , combined with a figured Eastern hard rock maple neck and resonator. All Deering 5-string banjos are fitted with a geared fifth string tuner for smooth, easy, and precise tuning.

The inside walls of the resonator are tapered to maximize the sound and give you the instant response and clear tone of a Calico banjo.

At this price point Deering adds two features, they taper the inside of the resonator walls for added projection of tone, and 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 be heated up and the glue will release without chipping the fingerboard. You will gain these benefits on every model from the Calico on up the line.

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.

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