About this Banjo
An openback with punch! Features a wider neck and a bronze Deering -06- tone ring. This banjo can be played for bluegrass, clawhammer, or a blend called Clawgrass, named after the style created by Mark Johnson. For modern clawhammer style players who enjoy jamming in any style of music this powerful openback banjo can hold it’s own with a loud, clear bell like tone normally only found in resonator banjos.
The hardware is black nickel plated and engraved. This banjo also features 24 karat gold accents, a hand carved heel, abalone trim, and ivoroid binding. This is a show piece banjo that is as stunning as the beautiful sound it creates. You can enjoy the tone of the Clawgrass banjos played by Steve Martin, Kevin Nealon and Mark Johnson in their many performances.
- An Elegant Neck of our Highest Grade English Walnut
- Intricate Inlays of Abalone and Mother of Pearl
- Mother of Pearl “Clawgrass” Inlay
- Triple Bound Peghead
- High Grade Ebony Fingerboard
- Slender Deering Neck Shape
- Bone Nut
- Nickel Silver Frets
- Adjustable Truss Rod
- Hand set Abalone Trim along the Ivoroid Binding
- Beautifully Hand Carved Heel
- 22 Glued In Nickel Silver Frets
- Deering Planetary Tuners
- Mother of Pearl Tuning Buttons
- Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
- Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Nickel Plated Tone Ring
- Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
- Rim Bound with Ivoroid and Abalone
- Black Nickel Engraved Brass Notched Tension Hoop & Tube Flange
- 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
- 11/16″ Snuffy Smith Bridge
- 24 Round Hooks and 5/16″ Hex Nuts
- Premium Hand Engraving
- Gold & Engraved True Tone Tailpiece
- Hand Engraved & Pierced Armrest
- 24 Karat Gold Plating on All Hardware
- With the exceptionally brilliant tone, quality and playability it’s more than just a show piece, it’s a banjo player’s dream come true.
- Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/3″
- Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
- Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2″
- Weight Approx. 9 lbs
- Includes a Deering Hardshell
- 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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We offer a 30-day return policy and 60-day exchange policy. More details are available on our customer service page.
Extras when you buy from Banjo.com
FREE PROFESSIONAL SETUP
Every banjo is carefully setup before shipping saving you from the "some assembly required" hassle.
*FREE RAILROAD SPIKES
Also know as the 5th string capo, we recommend installing spikes on the 7th & 9th frets. This is a free service we include for all 5-string banjo purchases. Click to read more.
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I recently purchased a Deering Sierra mahogany open back banjo from Banjo.com. Since I live in north Georgia, only two and one-half hours from the home of Banjo.com, I was able to visit the Banjo Barn where Barry give me the opportunity to "test drive" several banjos and he assisted me in narrowing down to my final choice. I must say, I couldn't be more pleased with this lovely instrument and the customer service I received from Barry and Banjo.com. Thank you!
The owner of Banjo.com is professional musician Barry Waldrep. Barry has toured professionally for the past 30 years. Raised on traditional Bluegrass, and a forerunner on the Jam Band circuit. He has toured and recorded with many artists such as The Zac Brown Band, Randy Travis, Joey & Rory and also has performed with bluegrass greats like John Cowan, Tony Trischka, Scott Vestal & Tony Rice. Read more.
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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.
Barry Waldrep –
This is my favorite of the Deering open back banjos. A banjo that just looks tough. Walnut with Black/Gold engraved hardware with carved heel and a sound that’s all to it’s self. There is not another banjo that sounds anything like this.