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Calico

The crisp, bright tones and delicate beauty of the Calico bring out the real fun of playing a banjo. It has a beautiful natural blond flamed maple neck and resonator with purfling and ivoroid binding. Mother-of-pearl scroll inlays adorn the ebony fingerboard. The 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 excellent tone of the Calico comes from a three-ply maple-rim, a virgin bell-bronze tone-ring and zinc flange, combined with a figured Eastern hard rock maple neck and resonator. All Deering banjos come with a geared fifth tuner for accurate tuning.

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Golden Era

The Golden Era banjo is a unique model of the Deering line. It's designed to reproduce the most sought-after five-string banjos of the pre-war era. The unique features of the Golden Era are the thicker neck shape which creates more sustain and the deeper resonator which provides that warm gutsy tone.

We use a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard to maintain every detail exactly the way pre-war banjos were made. However, this banjo can be specially ordered with an ebony fingerboard as a custom option. The flame Eastern hard rock maple of the neck and resonator are stained with cremona sunburst. Mother-of-pearl inlays are the traditional "Hearts and Flowers" pattern.
The maple rim is turned to traditional dimensions and mounted with a zinc flange, twenty-hole virgin bell bronze tone-ring and presto style tailpiece with careful attention to original dimensions to recreate the sound and performance traditionalists desire.

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Golden Wreath

The Deering Banjo company introduced a new "classic" banjo called the "Golden Wreath." The new banjo is a reproduction of the classic banjos made in the 1930s. It features a mahogany neck and resonator, a 20-hole tone-ring, and an ebony fingerboard with the traditional wreath pattern inlaid in Mother-of-pearl in both the fingerboard and peghead. The three-ply rock maple rim is fitted with a traditional one-piece, cast zinc flange and the resonator has two purfling rings inlaid on the back surface.
There are tone and playabilty aspects of the Wreath model that are super popular right now. The Golden Wreath banjo is delightfully in step with what is wanted and needed in the banjo market. With original Wreath-style banjos selling above $20,000 as collector's items, the Golden Wreath is easily affordable to every banjo player and enthusiast.

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Maple Blossom

The Maple Blossom is an excellent banjo with a crisp, clear tone. The Eastern hard rock maple neck and resonator are stained a walnut color, and trimmed in white binding with a decorative black stripe. The feel of binding provides a more comfortable neck. Flower shaped Mother-of-pearl inlays are set in an ebony fingerboard. The three-ply maple rim, sand-cast virgin bell bronze tone-ring, and zinc flange construction generate an excellent tone in the Maple Blossom. These features and price make the Maple Blossom one of the favorites.

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The John Hartford Model

The John Hartford model has two very special advantages. First - it is of lighter weight than most other bluegrass banjos. Second - it has amazing tone. It sounds like a vintage pre-war banjo. But the unusual thing is that it ages - it "plays-in" like a violin and gains in volume and presence the more it is played. It has outdone even the best bronze tone-ring banjos in jam sessions.

The Hartford is made of flamed maple and stained to a warm brown. It has the look of a vintage instrument, not glossy, but hand-rubbed to create a smooth, fast feel. The "steamboat gothic" inlay pattern reflects John's enthusiasm for steamboats.

Deering's years of experience with various woods combined with John Hartford's research into the design of vintage banjos culminated in the idea of using a "Granadillo tone-ring" made from a wood used on marimbas. This unique tone-ring is mounted on a three-ply maple rim with a zinc flange to create a wood-rim, much lighter weight, and a very good choice for bluegrass pickers!

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Deluxe

The Deluxe is one of the most popular models of the Deering line. The gloss finish, ebony fingerboard, diamond-shaped inlays, and extra trim on the back of the resonator and along the edge of the peghead are features that make a more elegant instrument.

The mahogany neck and resonator create a sweet tone. Made with the same three-ply maple rim, sand-cast virgin bell bronze tone-ring, zinc-flange, and nickel plated metal parts that Deering uses on their most expensive banjos. The Deluxe offers the same great sound of a top-of-the-line but without all the costly cosmetics. Great sounding, great playing, and great looking. Dollar-for-dollar, the Deluxe is one of the best banjo values available anywhere.

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Black Diamond

The Black Diamond banjo evolved from requests for a fancier banjo than the Deluxe but with the same sweet tone of a mahogany banjo. The Mother-of -Pearl diamond-shaped inlays are hand-engraved. This kind of detailing requires the skill s of a master craftsman and pays off in added beauty. A maple stripe accentuates the black binding around the resonator and the side of the ebony fingerboard. The banjo head is made of black mylar so the color will not scratch off. You get the same three-ply maple rim, virgin bell bronze sand-cast tone-ring, zinc flange and nickel plated hardware on the Black Diamond that you get on the most expensive Deering models.

The sweet-sounding Black Diamond has a very refined and showy appearance. The shiny black head and back trim give it a modern and progressive look. It's the only model with the inlays hand-engraved - giving it a very classy appearance. It's an excellent performing banjo and a hot-looking mama as well.

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Sierra

The Sierra is Deering's most popular model because it is very affordable and you get all the important features that affect the tone and playability.

Greg Deering explained it best:"No one can buy a better banjo! They could buy a fancier one - but not a better one. The satin finished mahogany neck is made the same as all of our necks - fast, comfortable, and precise. A masterpiece of playability! The pot or drum assembly is the best quality money can buy. It has our three-ply maple rim, our top-quality sand-cast virgin bell bronze tone-ring, and our own one-piece cast zinc flange. In fact, it is the exact same pot we use on most of our more expensive banjos all the way up to the Gabriella!"

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Boston

Deering named this first model of their line the Boston to acknowledge the people of Boston who produced many fine banjos in the earlier part of this century. For parking lot picking the Boston rings out loud and clear. The thick steel rim, which is unique to the Deering line, produces a sound similar to a bronze tone-ring and enables you to get a much more affordable banjo.

One way to experience the excellent quality of the Boston banjo is to close your eyes and compare the sound to other banjos in the same price range. The Boston provides exceptional tone which is far superior to the tone of the die-cast brass tone-rings or aluminum rims of the imports. Playing is always more fun when you enjoy the sound of your banjo.

You'll progress much faster and enjoy playing more with a Boston compared to a lower-priced import that's hard to play. The Boston banjo makes playing easier because the banjo works with you, not against you.

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6-String

If you already play guitar and have thought that it would be fun to learn to play the banjo - here is your instrument. Now you can play banjo with the same chords and fingering you already know. It's great for those songs that would sound better if played on a banjo.

In examining older 6-String banjos, Greg Deering observed the consistent lack of good tone. So he decided to determine why it never sounded quite right. He solved this mystery and now produces the only 6-String banjos with great sustain and beautiful tone.

Available in Boston and Deluxe.

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12-String

If you play 12-string guitar, you wont believe the tremendous sound you'll get when playing the same style on the 12-String banjo! Deering didn't believe it until after they built the first one custom for Barry Hunn and then heard him play it. It is capable of a powerful sound and presence while also able to produce music so sweet that it seems to have been brought down from heaven with the angels.
It is tuned just like a 12-string guitar, and you use the same chords and fingering - nothing new to learn!The 12-String banjo is built similar to a Deluxe banjo but with a special tailpiece and compensated bridge. The mahogany neck shape is very comfortable and easy to play. Diamond-shaped Mother-of-pearl inlays are set into the arched ebony fingerboard. The action is excellent.

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Crossfire Electric Banjo

When you play our patented Crossfire electric banjo, you gain the ability to play as loudly as an electric guitar without the feedback problems you have with an amplified acoustic banjo. Not only can you adjust your sound by turning the tone knob from bass to treble, but the volume knob also gives you immediate control over your output. With the Crossfire you have all the power you need and you are in full control!

The Crossfire has two powerful magnetic pickups under the head, one in the neck position and the other by the bridge. Metal is attached to the feet of the bridge so that the pickups draw sound from both the strings and the head. Active electronics assure you of a wide frequency response.

By retaining a full and functional banjo head, this new instrument gets more banjo sound than a solid body electric banjo. A brass tone-ring is under the head. The hooks for tightening the head pass through the alder body and are adjusted from the back in recessed holes. Standard color is black but other colors can be custom ordered. The neck is blond maple with an ebony fingerboard and diamond shaped mother-of-pearl inlays. Guitar-style tuners provide accuracy in tuning and allow the Crossfire to fit in an electric guitar case.

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Black Diamond Long Neck

If you want more flexibility in your range, this banjo is for you. It can be capoed at the third fret and played as a regular 5-string in the key of G or left open and played in the key of E. The lower range is great for sing-alongs.

The Black Diamond Long Neck banjo has an adjustable tropical American mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard and engraved diamond shaped mother-of-pearl inlays. The three-ply maple rim, bell bronze tone-ring, and brass tube give this banjo more volume and clarity than you expect.

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The Folk Era Long Neck

The Folk Era is made of blond flamed maple with colorful abalone trim along the ivoroid binding. The unique peghead shape is triple bound with black/white/black and inlaid with FE for Folk Era.
The excellent sound comes from the hard rock or Eastern hard maple neck mounted on a three-ply maple rim with a sand-cast virgin bell bronze tone-ring and a brass tube mounting for the hooks.

The neck has an adjustable truss-rod so proper neck curve is easily maintained.

This is our top of the line long neck. The maple gives it a crisp clear tone. The beauty of this instrument is only equaled by the superior sound it produces.

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Vega Long Neck
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The Long Neck is specially designed for the finest sound in popular folk music. It is tuned in the key of E and can also be capoed at the third fret for regular 5-string tuning (key of G). It is comfortable to play and very responsive. The rim has three maple laminations, mounted with Deering's genuine tubaphone tone-ring and is encircled with a metal bracket band. An ebony fingerboard is bound in white and inlaid with Mother of Pearl position markers. An adjustable truss-rod reinforces the walnut stained maple neck. Modern Coordinator rods hold the neck to the rim and provide easy adjustment of the action. All hardware is nickel plated. The head is a standard 11". The guitar-style tuners are a 1:6 gear ratio for very precise tuning, and planetary tuners are optional.

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Goodtime

The Goodtime banjo was a dream of Greg Deering's to produce a great sounding, easy to play and easy to maintain banjo that everyone could afford.

The Goodtime banjo is made in America, in the Deering factory and is designed to produce the finest tone and playability possible for the lowest possible price. The rock maple neck has the frets fitted into the neck the same way many electric guitars are made. This technique has passed the test of time. The neck has a slender, low profile that makes it a joy to play for hands of all sizes. The fret work is precise and accurate and Goodtime banjos have an ever growing reputation for having clear and beautiful intonation. The tuning machines are all geared with a geared fifth peg for effortless and precise tuning. The position markers on the fingerboard are inlaid dots of black delrin.

The Goodtime rim is made of a rock maple and birch laminated rim. Laminated in the same style as the classic banjos from the 20's, this rim is durable, stable and produces a clear, sweet tone. Most banjos in this price range have rims of aluminum which has good structural integrity but cannot compare to the tone of the seasoned hardwoods used in the Goodtime rim. Some companies advertise a "hardwood" rim but don't tell you what kind of wood is actually used. Rock maple and birch are very similar in hardness and both have a vibrant resonance that cannot be duplicated with softer hardwoods.

The diameter of the rim is a standard 11" so heads are easy to find. There are 16 brackets and a patent pending adjustable tailpiece designed by Deering. The tailpiece follows a traditional style and allows thorough and complete adjustments to the playability of the banjo. The metal parts are nickel plated.
The Goodtime banjo is played by top professionals, travelers, beginners and everyone who wants a high quality banjo for a low price. Since it's introduction there have been copycat banjos imported to compete with the Goodtime and Deering encourages you to compare them. Don't settle for a high gloss imitation with plastic inlays that do nothing for sound or playability. Get the only low priced banjo made in America that was made to be played; backed up by a family owned and operated company that has dedicated 25 years to producing the finest banjos money can buy.

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Goodtime 2

The Goodtime 2 banjo is proof that an easy to play, good sounding, high quality, American made banjo doesn't have to be expensive. The Goodtime 2 is a resonator version of the Deering Goodtime banjo that was and is not only great sounding, economical and light weight, but extremely popular.

The Goodtime 2 banjo has a rock maple neck that is slender and low profile. The frets are precision fitted directly into the rock maple neck. The neck is fast and easy for hands of all sizes. The tuning machines are all geared including the fifth peg. The precision fretwork gives the Goodtime 2 beautiful intonation up and down the neck. The fingering area has dot position markers of black delrin. The finish is satin in the natural rock maple blond color.

The Goodtime 2 pot (or main body) assembly has a multi-ply rock maple and birch rim. The rim is laminated in the same style as the classic banjos of the 1920's and produces a sweet, clear tone that has been compared to banjos costing three times the price. The 16 brackets are held by traditional bracket shoes. The nickel plated two piece resonator flange is mounted underneath the bracket shoes and adds tone enhancing weight and a finishing touch to the appearance of the resonator/pot assembly. The maple resonator is attached to the pot by small screws through the resonator flange. This makes access to head adjustments simple and easy.

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Vega
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  • Hand-fitted genuine tubaphone tone-ring
  • Curly rock maple neck is a natural blond
  • Three-ply rock maple pot
  • Ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay
  • Traditional early Vega style inlays
  • Solid brass bracket band
  • Bracket shoes (not drilled through the rim)
  • Traditional Vega neck profile
  • Two-way adjustable truss rod
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Standard 11" banjo head
  • High gloss finish
  • Made in USA
  • Lifetime warranty

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Vega Little Wonder
  • Rock maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Three-ply rock maple rim
  • Satin blond finish
  • Guitar style tuners (planet tuners available)
  • Two-way adjustable truss rod.
  • Standard 11" banjo head
  • Geared 5th string tuner
  • Traditional Vega peghead shape
  • Made in USA
  • One year warranty

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