About this banjo
The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern, is centered around the patent pending white oak rim. Notably lacking a traditional heavy tone ring, the natural white oak rim closely recreates a bright, crisp bluegrass punch, ushering in a new era in playing comfort and sound for today’s banjo player.
For years players have been asking for a lighter weight banjo with a full rich tone at an affordable price point. This desire has now become reality in the new White Lotus 5-string resonator banjo. Weighing in at only 8 pounds and featuring the newly patented Deering white oak rim design, this American white oak banjo has the bright tone, crisp and clear note distinction, power, and sustain formerly only seen in banjos with metallic tone rings.
Having heard a vintage guitar of white oak years ago, Greg Deering decided to experiment with a white oak rim and neck for a banjo to see how the tone of this unique tone wood translated to a banjo.
Surprisingly the result is a banjo with an almost metallic resonance without a tone ring. Why? American white oak is noted for a heavy, straight-grained texture; hard, tough, very stiff and strong. It is these key qualities of white oak wood that imbue this banjo with strong fundamental notes and a series of overtones that imitate a bell metal tone ring without the additional weight characteristic of this classic banjo component. Now the banjo player can have the much desired lighter weight banjo with “tone ring” power.
Alongside the patented white oak rim, other features include a white oak neck and resonator accented with white binding, a Midnight Maple fingerboard and peghead overlay, new lotus flower inspired inlays, the Eagle Series style flange, Deering’s comfortable neck shape with the easily recognizable peghead profile and and a sparkling glossy finish.
White Oak Neck
Midnight Maple Fingerboard
Original Lotus Flower Engraved Inlays
Slender Deering Neck Shape
22 Nickel-Silver Frets
Fully Adjustable Two Way Truss Rod
Deering Planetary Banjo Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
11″ Three-Ply White Oak Rim
Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
24 Round Hooks and ¼″ Hex Nuts
24 Bracket Shoes
Eagle 2-Piece Flange
Slender Shaped Armrest
Nickel Plated Hardware
Deering True Tone Tailpiece
5/8″ Deering Smile Maple/Ebony Top Bridge
White Oak Resonator
Straight Inside Sidewalls
A strong mid range tone with good bass and vibrant highs, that is versatile for playing both Clawhammer and Bluegrass styles of playing.
G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning.
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes with Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings tuned to in standard G tuning (g,D,G,B,D)
Gauges: 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10
End Type: Loop
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
Rim Diameter 11″
Overall Instrument Length 38″
Weight Approx. 8 lbs
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Deering Hardshell Case Included
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