Deering Sierra 19-Fret Tenor


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

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About this Banjo

“Well folks, it’s like this,The Deering Sierra banjo, while being our least expensive completely professional banjo, is truly the flagship of our entire line! How is it that this is so? Well I’ll tell you.

The pot assembly of the Sierra, the violin grade maple 3 ply rim, the -06- tone ring, the one piece zinc flange, the notched tension hoop,the Deering tail piece and armrest are exactly the same as our whole line all the way up to the Gabriella,with just a few exceptions. The only exceptions are; the Golden Era has a different zinc flange, the Hartford has a Grenadillo wood tone ring, the Terry Baucum has an -06- tone ring that is just a few ounces lighter than thestandard -06- tone ring, and the Tenbrooks banjos have the Swiss Jens Kruger tone ring.

The G.D.L. has the exact same pot assembly as the Sierra, The Ivanhoe, except for cosmetic differences such as gold plating, has the exact same pot assembly as the Sierra.The Maple Blossom, the Deluxe, the Calico, the Black Diamond all have the exact same pot assembly as the Sierra.This means that the Sierra is truly a top professional banjo. PERIOD! When I first introduced the Sierra I kept the cost down by keeping the cosmetics simple. I put the money intothe pot assembly. I wanted to build a top professional banjo at a price that I could have afforded when I was a kid going to the music store on my way home from school every day.

The Sierra has been tremendously successful. But it is no longer cosmetically simple. With the implementation of new technology I have been able to make the Sierra exquisitely beautiful without raising the price. I have been greatly inspired by the art work of the old masters of the Boston banjo era from the turn of the last century. With this inspiration in my blood I have brought art to the Sierra that is usually reserved for banjos costing much, much more. And I have kept the cost down using state of the art technology. So now the Sierra is a truly professional master piece of both sound and art at a price that is within your reach. We sell more Sierras than any other model and that makes it our flagship banjo!”

Sincerely, Greg Deering

Banjo Specifications


  • Mahogany
  • Natural Ebony fingerboard
  • 19 Pressed in Nickel Silver Frets
  • Original Deering Designed Engraved Inlays
  • Slender Deering Neck Shape
  • Fully Adjustable truss rod
  • Deering Planetary banjo tuners
  • Durable Satin Finish


  • Genuine Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
  • Violin Grade Three Ply Maple Rim
  • Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
  • Standard 11″ Frosted Bottom Medium Crown Head
  • 24 Round Hooks and ¼″ Hex Nuts
  • One Piece Cast Zinc Flange
  • Slender Shaped Armrest
  • Deering True Tone tailpiece
  • Nickel plated Hardware


  • Mahogany
  • Trimmed in white
  • Straight internal sidewalls
  • Durable Satin Finish


  • Includes a Deering Hardshell Case


  • Has the sweet sound of mahogany with less sustain than maple or walnut.
  • Professional quality tone. Easy to play with clarity of note separation.
  • Tuned:C,G,D,A for Dixieland Jazz or Traditional Jazz
  • Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.


  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 3/16″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 23″
  • Resonator diameter 13 7/8″
  • Overall Instrument Length 35″
  • Weight Approx. 11 lbs


  • 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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Weight 11.5 lbs

Mahogany, Maple


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