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Best selection of beginner and professional 4-string banjos

Our 4-string banjos are organized into three main categories, tenor banjos, plectrum banjos, and banjo ukuleles. You’ll find that many of the beginner 4-string banjos are counterparts to popular Deering Goodtime 5-string models like the Goodtime Openback 17-Fret or Goodtime 2 Plectrum. You’ll also find counterparts to popular Deering models like the Deering Boston 19-Fret Tenor or Deering Calico 19-Fret Tenor.

Made in USA
$489.00

It is a delight to play with its short scale fretboard, slim neck and light weight body. he shorter 17 fret neck reduces the length of the entire banjo to just 32 inches end to end.

Made in USA
$499.00$558.00

After years of customer requests, we are proud to offer the new Goodtime banjo ukulele! If you are searching for an instrument that is fun and easy to play in literally any setting, then the Goodtime banjo ukulele might be just what you are looking for!

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Made in USA
$799.00 $689.00

Featuring a resonator, this banjo will be louder and brighter than its openback sister the Goodtime Plectrum.

Made in USA
$749.00

A beautiful 17 fret tenor banjo that features a rich brown stain, planetary tuners, and a Midnight Maple fingerboard.

Made in USA
$749.00

A beautiful 19 fret tenor banjo that features a rich brown stain, planetary tuners, and a Midnight Maple fingerboard.

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Made in USA
$1,119.00 $999.00

The Goodtime Special Plectrum banjo features a steel tone ring and a resonator. These features give this banjo a bright, crisp, tone that are great for cutting through when playing acoustically with a traditional jazz band.

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Made in USA
$1,179.00 $1,049.00

With a resonator back for projection, the American made Artisan Goodtime Two banjo has a 3-ply violin grade maple rim and produces a bright and clear tone that projects well and is louder than its open back counterpart. The Artisan Two is enhanced with a rich brown stain and white detailing.

$1,099.99

Offering an exciting new sound to bassists, this beauty uses Gold Tone's special internal sliding magnetic pickup to amplify the burgeoning bass tones generated by a fourteen-inch maple rim topped with a rolled-brass tone ring.

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Made in USA
$1,389.00 $1,249.00

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting. A great looking American made banjo that features a tone ring, resonator, & Midnight Maple fingerboard.

Made in USA
$2,088.00

Only 7 lbs, the Little Wonder banjo is a traditional style instrument, with a sweetness and purity of tone that gives both the professional and beginning banjoist a fabulous sounding banjo that is light, fast and easy to play.

Made in USA
$2,159.00

For Traditional Jazz, or for guitar players, the Boston Plectrum is an easy instrument to play with a lighter weight than the higher end banjos, it's durable and has a good tone.

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Made in USA
$2,399.00 $2,159.00

A great recording tenor banjo with resonator for sound projection, the Boston 19 fret tenor works for dixieland jazz, traditional jazz, or any style you like to play.

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Made in USA
$2,399.00 $2,159.00

A great recording tenor banjo with resonator for sound projection, the Boston 17-fret tenor works for Irish, traditional jazz, or any style you like to play.

Made in USA
$2,400.00$2,699.00

The Deering Sierra banjo, while being our least expensive completely professional banjo, is truly the flagship of our entire line!

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Made in USA
$2,899.00 $2,599.00

Featuring the patented Twenty-Ten tone ring, this plectrum banjo rings clearly and brightly - yet never harshly. Played by Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Made in USA
$2,699.00

Irish Tenor banjos have the shorter 17 fret neck for a brighter, snappier sound. The Sierra 17-fret tenor has our professional -06- bronze tone ring and you get all the most important features that affect the tone and playability at an economical price.

Made in USA
$2,699.00

All of the features that make the Deering Sierra our most popular series packed into a plectrum banjo.

Made in USA
$4,409.00

The Maple Blossom tenor banjo is a professional grade 19-fret tenor banjo made of maple with quick response from the shallower air chamber, bright highs, and good bass response that is fast and easy to play!

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Made in USA
$4,899.00 $4,409.00

A melodic banjo played with a pick, for a bright crisp tone, the Maple Blossom Plectrum banjo is enjoyed in all styles of music.It provides a bright crisp tone with good bass response and easy fingering with a comfortable neck.

Made in USA
$4,859.00

A premium quality, world class plectrum banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response.

Made in USA
$4,859.00

A premium quality, world class tenor banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response. The beautiful highs and powerful well rounded bass is the result of intense study of alloys and shapes resulting in superb sound.

Made in USA
$5,629.00

The Bob Shane Plectrum banjo is a professional grade banjo made beautifully figured natural koa wood buffed to a high gloss. It has a genuine Deering made Vega Tubaphone tone ring made of brass for outstanding quality of tone and projection.

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Made in USA
$7,499.00 $6,499.00

The famous Vega Pie Back Resonator projects the tone of this 19 fret Vega Professional Tenor banjo. Greg Deering re-created the process for making the pie back resonator of the excellent professional grade Tenor banjo.

Made in USA
$8,699.00

A maple prewar style tenor banjo, the Golden Classic 19-Fret tenor banjo is a banjo made of higher quality materials and workmanship.


Choosing a 4-string banjo

It comes down to what style you want to play. If you’re going to be playing Jazz or Folk, you’ll want to choose the appropriate 4-string banjo. Tenor banjos come in two major classifications, 17 and 19-fret. The tenor banjo became popular in in the 1920s in dancehalls with Irish players earning it the nickname, the Irish Tenor. The tenor is also associated with New Orleans style Jazz. Plectrum banjos are sometimes called long-neck 4-strings because they are longer than tenor banjos, typically 22 frets. They are popular for Jazz and Ragtime. Banjo Ukuleles are what you would expect from the name, instruments constructed like a ukulele, but with a banjo sound. They are a little easier to learn for most people compared to a 5-string banjo and are sometimes called a banjolele.

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