About this banjo
A maple, prewar style bluegrass banjo made like the classic banjos of the 1930’s with the same materials and the same weight, design and features, the Golden Era is one of our most popular banjos for traditional bluegrass bands. If you’re looking for that classic bluegrass banjo tone and look – this is the banjo for you. Adorned with a traditional hearts & flowers inlay pattern, this banjo has the appearance and feel of the prized banjos from the 1930’s. It is designed to produce the most sought-after sound, a sound previously only achieved by five-string banjos of the pre-war era. This beautiful banjo has a Genuine Deering -06- 20-hole bell bronze tone ring. The drum assembly and neck shape are designed for the traditional crisp and strong bass notes as well as the distinct clear high tones of the cherished bluegrass sound.
- Curly Maple
- Cremona Sunburst Stain
- Traditional Fuller Neck Shape
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Hearts & Flowers Mother of Pearl Inlays
- Trimmed with White/Black/White Binding
- Bone Nut
- 22 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
- Traditional 5th-String Nut
- White Binding with Black/White Trim
- Deering Planetary Tuners
- Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
- Polished Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring
- Golden Era Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
- Nickel Plated Traditional Style Zinc Flange
- 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
- Deering True Tone Tailpiece
- Nickel Plated Hardware
- Deeper Resonator Sound Chamber
- The Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered on the Inside for Projection of Tone
- Curly Maple with Cremona Sunburst Stained Resonator
- White Binding with Black/White Trim
- High Gloss Finish
The Golden Era has a larger air chamber like the Tenbrooks banjos which gives the banjos a more resonant hollow sound with deep bass response for a traditional prewar bluegrass sound. Clear, bright highs and resonant deep bass notes.
*NeckWidth at the Nut 1 13/64″
- Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
- Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
- Overall Instrument Length 38″
- Weight Approx. 11 lbs
Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
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*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.
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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.