Deering Calico

$4,889.00 $4,069.00

A premium quality world class 5-string banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response. The Calico is not only beautiful, but it is also exceptionally dynamic with both powerful sound and response providing an excellent tool for all styles of music.

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About this Banjo

A premium quality world class 5-string banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response. The Calico is not only beautiful, but it is also exceptionally dynamic with both powerful sound and response providing an excellent tool for all styles of music. At this price point we add two features, we taper the inside of the resonator walls for added projection of tone, and we 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 easily be replaced without chipping the fingerboard. You will gain these benefits on every model from the Calico on up the line.

The heart of the Deering Calico banjo is the Deering bronze tone-ring, precisely fitted to the three ply maple rim. The Deering -06- tone ring produces a beautiful, balanced overtone spectrum. Its weight is ideal for most styles played on the banjo. A softer touch will provide you with as much sustain as you ever want, a sharper attack will produce a distinct pop and accurate note separation. You will notice no dead spots over the entire fingerboard. The beautiful highs and powerful well rounded bass is the result of intense study of alloys and shapes resulting in superb sound.

Banjo Specifications

The Neck:

  • Curly Maple With A Honey Stain
  • Natural Ebony Fingerboard
  • 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Mother Of Pearl Scroll Inlays
  • Ivoroid Bound Fingerboard
  • Multi-color Neck Purfling Trim
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Deering Planetary Tuners
  • Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Bound Neck and Peghead
  • Slender and Comfortable Deering Neck Shape
  • High Gloss Finish

The Pot:

  • Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
  • Deering Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
  • Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
  • 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
  • 24 Round Hooks with ¼″ Hex Nuts
  • One Piece Nickel Plated Zinc Flange
  • 5/8″ Deering Maple/Ebony Bridge
  • Deering True Tone Tailpiece
  • Satin Finish

Resonator:

  • Curly Maple
  • Coral Snake Wood Purfling Trim
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Shallow Depth For Quick Response
  • Resonator Sides Are Specially Tapered On the Inside for Projection of Tone
  • High Gloss Finish

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.

Dimensions:

  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
  • Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
  • Overall Instrument Length 38″
  • Weight Approx. 11 lbs

Case:

  • Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

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.

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Bonuses When You Order From Banjo.com

  • 5th String Railroad Spike Capos – FREE
    We can add these as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. When you add this banjo to your cart just select that you want the capos. What is this? When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.
  • Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack – FREE
    We can send along with your banjo a Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack for free. This includes a strap, DVD, and tuner and picks.
  • Every Banjo Tested by a Banjo Expert Before Shipping
Weight 20 lbs
Orientation

Left Handed, Right Handed

Railroad Spikes

Free 5th String Railroad Spike Installation, No Thanks

FREE Starter Pack

Bluegrass Starter Pack, No Thanks

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