Deering Tree of Life


Tree of Life banjo is Greg Deering’s modern interpretation of the old S.S. Stewart Tree of Life inlay pattern extended and embellished on the peghead to create a uniquely Deering look.

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About this Banjo

Deering Tree of Life banjo is Greg Deerings modern interpretation of the old S.S. Stewart Tree of Life inlay pattern extended and embellished on the peghead to create a uniquely Deering look. It represents a celebration of the beauty and artistry of banjos of old combined with the improved construction techniques which give you a modern banjo that plays as great as it looks.

The Tree of Life inlay pattern is a beautiful sterling silver vine inlay with abalone flower inlays at the position marker locations and mother of pearl leaf inlays along the rest of the fingerboard. The abalone flowers make finding hand positions easy.

It is an heirloom banjo that will gain in value each year that goes by and an investment you can enjoy every day of your life.

Banjo Specifications

Beautiful High Grade Curly Maple Neck Stained a Rich Brown
Triple Bound Peghead
Sterling Silver Vine Inlay, Abalone and Mother of Pearl in the Fingerboard and Peghead
White Mother of Pearl Flower Fret Markers
Hand Set Abalone Shell Trim with Ivoroid Binding
Hand-Carved Heel with Abalone Trim
Slender Deering Neck Shape
Bone Nut
22 Glued in Nickel-Silver Frets
Adjustable Truss Rod
Intricately hand carved Heel
Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
Mother of Pearl Tuning Buttons
High Gloss Finish

Genuine Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring
Premium Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
Deering Brass Notched Engraved Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
24 round hooks and ¼″ Hex Nuts
Zinc Flange Engraved and Gold Plated
Premium Hand Engraving
Highly detailed Pierced and Engraved Work on the Armrest
Deering True Tone Tailpiece
24-karat Gold Plating on All Hardware

Cremona Stained Curly Maple
Hand Set Abalone Shell Trim with Ivoroid Binding
Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered for Projection of Tone
High Gloss Finish

Priced with a Deering Hardshell Case.

The Tree of Life has a smaller air chamber than the Golden Era or the Tenbrooks banjos which gives it a very responsive poppy sound with excellent note separation. The banjo plays string to string and up the neck at a consistent clarity and volume.The Maple construction creates a bright tone with excellent bass.

g,D,G,B,D in standard tuning.
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

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. 12 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.

Bonuses When You Order From

  • 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 12 lbs
Railroad Spikes

Free 5th String Railroad Spike Installation, No Thanks

FREE Starter Pack

Free Starter Pack!, No Thanks


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