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Huber Roanoke Truetone 5-String Banjo Black Walnut, 2005

Huber Roanoke Truetone 5-String Banjo Black Walnut, 2005

This 2005 Huber Roanoke TrueTone 5-String banjo is in very good, clean condition and features Black Walnut construction with a Maple rim and Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. It also has a capo tacks, Snuffy Smith bridge and two Keith D-Tuners. We seldom see these top quality, hand built Huber Roanoke banjos for sale.

Used
Price: $5,395.00 CAD
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Nechville Phantom Galaxy Maple 5-String Banjo

Nechville Phantom Galaxy Maple 5-String Banjo

Here we have a Nechville Phantom Galaxy Maple 5-string banjo!  These are spectacular, very well made instruments. While retaining traditional banjo values, the Nechville Phantom Galaxy Maple  introduces cutting edge features.

New
Price: $5,925.00 CAD
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Vega FW5 Folk Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

Vega FW5 Folk Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

Here we have a Vega FW5 Folk Wonder, factory converted as new to a Vega Senator. At the time this banjo was built, the Vega name and facilities were owned by the C F Martin guitar company, and a few years later Martin built some higher end Vega banjos in Nazareth PA.   The Vega name is now owned by the Deering company, who manufacture excellent Vega models.  

Vintage
Price: $1,289.99 CAD
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Deering Clawgrass No.2 Banjo

Deering Clawgrass No.2 Banjo

The Deering Clawgrass No.2 Banjo model was created when Mark Johnson approached Deering with one vision in mind – to offer the same solid foundation, quality, tone and playability of his original, but at a more affordable price point.

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Price: $4,889.00 CAD
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Nechville Midnight Phantom Standard 5-String Banjo

Nechville Midnight Phantom Standard 5-String Banjo

The Nechville Midnight Phantom Standard 5-string banjo offers all of the quality and technical advances of Tom Nechville’s designs, with subtle decoration. “Standard” isn’t really an official Nechville designation; we use it as many of the instruments we receive from them have custom features.  You can read our post on the Midnight Phantom Custom here. 

New
Price: $4,749.00 CAD
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Vega Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

Vega Wonder 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1967

This Vega Wonder 5-string banjo was built in Boston, Massachusetts during 1967. Vega had been in the banjo business since purchasing the remains of the Fairbanks banjo company in 1904 following a devastating fire at the Fairbanks plant.  Three years after this Vega Wonder was built, the company was sold to the Martin Guitar company. The name changed hands again a few times and is now a valued part of the Deering Banjo company.

Vintage
Price: $1,289.99 CAD
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Vega Vintage Star Dobson Style Open Back Banjo by Deering

Vega Vintage Star Dobson Style Open Back Banjo by Deering

The new Vega Vintage Star open back banjo by Deering has arrived, featuring a classic Dobson-style tone ring, Ebony fingerboard and Satin finish! At the heart of the Vintage Star lies a stunning Dobson tone ring. Originally patented by Henry Dobson in 1881, the Dobson balances the low ends with clear highs, and adds just the right amount of sustain to the banjo. The brass Dobson glows from behind the renaissance head, which itself sits on a thinner walled, 12” violin grade maple rim. A knotless tailpiece tops off the set up to produce a classic old-time tone.

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Price: $2,794.00 CAD
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Deering Eagle II 5-String Banjo

Deering Eagle II 5-String Banjo

New from the Deering Banjo Company: the Deering Eagle II 5-String Banjo! Available on a limited basis through Master and Premiere level dealers, we are proud to say the Twelfth Fret is the only place in Canada to find this wonderful new banjo! With the Eagle II, Deering has created a banjo with a tonal range unlike anything they have made before. Deering banjos have always been known for their clear, bright attack.

New
Price: $3,509.00 CAD
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Deering Calico Banjo

Deering Calico Banjo

The Deering Calico Banjo is possibly the most beautiful banjo in the entire Deering lineup! With an elegantly simple inlay package, Deering lets the AAA flame maple and amber shaded finish do all the talking. Nicely dressed up, but not overdressed! The Deering Calico banjo is a Top Level professional model that uses the best woods and materials throughout.

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Price: $6,369.00 CAD
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Gold Tone EBM-5 Solidbody Electric Banjo – Left Handed (Not In Stock)

Gold Tone EBM-5 Solidbody Electric Banjo - Left Handed (Not In Stock)

The Gold Tone EBM-5 is a unique F-style 5-string electric banjo that looks as good as it sounds. The EBM-5, like a normal banjo, has an extremely fast response allowing hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides to be accomplished with incredible ease. Even unplugged, this electric banjo has an excellent banjo tone due to the hollow sound chamber within the body.

New
Price: $1,769.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Six String Banjo

Deering Goodtime Six String Banjo

The Deering Goodtime Six is a 6 string, steel string banjo, that tunes like a guitar and features a fast, sleek, and comfortable guitar style neck that feels like an old friend. The Goodtime Six harnesses Deering’s 41 years of banjo know how to put a much needed quality American made 6 string banjo within reach of any guitarist looking to add an authentic banjo sound to their arsenal without breaking the bank

New
Price: $909.00 CAD
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Deering Vega Little Wonder Open Back Banjo

Deering Vega Little Wonder Open Back Banjo

The Vega Little Wonder Open Back 5 String Banjo is an excellent, entry level but high quality instrument built by Deering in Spring Valley, California with all the quality of a Deering.
Built using a Maple for the rim and neck, with an Ebony fingerboard, a truss rod and 11 inch pot, the Vega Little Wonder is ideal for Frailing and Clawgrass styles. It is also available with a scooped neck. A 12 inch pot is also available, providing a deeper tone.

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Price: $2,339.00 CAD
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Deering White Lotus 5 String Banjo White Oak

Deering White Lotus 5 String Banjo White Oak

The Deering White Lotus 5-String Banjo by Deering is a resonator back model with no exotic woods, just White Oak and Maple. The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern, is centered around the patented 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.

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Price: $3,379.00 CAD
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Vega White Oak Open Back Banjo by Deering

Vega White Oak Open Back Banjo by Deering

Here’s a new item – the Vega White Oak 12 Inch Open Back Banjo by Deering, also available in 11 inch.. This is a lightweight open back model with no exotic woods, just Oak and Maple.

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Price: $2,690.00 CAD
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Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder Open Back Banjo

Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder Open Back Banjo

The Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder is built for Clawhammer banjoists who prefer a scooped neck to ease plucking their banjos over the fingerboard. This traditional open back banjo is available with an 11 or 12 inch rim. The 12 inch rim provides a warmer, thicker ‘Old Tyme’ sound. Deering builds in a traditional ‘frailing scoop’ that allows more room for the fingers and thumb of the right hand to pluck the strings over the fingerboard.

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Price: $2,664.00 CAD
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Deering Sierra Model 5 string banjo

Deering Sierra Model 5 string banjo

Greg Deering says about the Deering Sierra Model 5 string banjo: “No one can buy a better banjo…they could buy a fancier one, but not a better one! ” Built with the same Deering -06- 20 Hole Bronze Tone Ring, three ply maple rim and one piece, cast, zinc resonator flange that are built into our top of the line banjos like the Calico, GDL and Ivanhoe, the Sierra is “A masterpiece of playability!”.

New
Price: $3,639.00 CAD
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Deering Vega Senator Banjo

Deering Vega Senator Banjo

The Vega Senator banjo is the perfect “crossover” and parlor banjo. It is a light-weight, classic open back banjo, with a warm, woody tone with a lightweight tone ring that adds just enough punch and high-end clarity to play bluegrass with your buddies but warm, fat and woody enough to play in your parlor as a classic clawhammer or fingerstyle solo instrument.

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Price: $2,924.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Banjo Openback

Deering Goodtime Banjo Openback

The Deering Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim. At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently. The Deering Goodtime openback banjo is  warm, woody and full sounding – it’s a great sounding clawhammer banjo for advanced players.

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Price: $688.00 CAD
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Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo

Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo

The Deering Banjo Company is now offering the Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo – their most popular Sierra model banjo in maple! Deering has become one of the largest and most respected American banjo manufacturers and we’re very happy to see these models. 

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Price: $3,639.00 CAD
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Vega Style X No.9 Tenor Banjo, 1926

Vega Style X No.9 Tenor Banjo, 1926

Here, we’re looking at a Vega Style X Number 9 Tenor Banjo, built in Boston during 1926. Typical of higher end banjos of the era, it is adorned with engraved Mother of Pearl Inlays which are in lovely condition, and the engravings have been re-filled. The banjo features a tube-a-phone tone ring and Maple is used for the neck and dowel. The heel is hand carved, also typical of the era.   The backstrap, the wood covering the back of the head, plus the head plate, are Rosewood.  

Vintage
Price: $3,150.00 CAD
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Bacon and Day Super Tenor Banjo, 1927

Bacon and Day Super Tenor Banjo, 1927

It’s always interesting to see vintage pieces like this Bacon and Day Super Tenor banjo, built around 1927 at the Bacon Banjos shop in Boston, Massachusetts. The Super Tenor was built from 1920 to 1927. From 1906 to 1920, noted musician Fredrick Bacon sold banjos under his own name. In 1921, he partnered with David Day and while the company name remained Bacon, many instruments were branded Bacon and Day. Bacon, and Bacon and Day, operated independently until 1940 when they were purchased by Gretsch;  the line was discontinued in 1967. 

Vintage
Price: $1,549.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Banjo Concert Scale Ukulele

Deering Goodtime Banjo Concert Scale Ukulele

Often called a banjolele, the Deering Goodtime Banjo Concert Scale Ukulele simply strum a few chords and you will be taken to a land without the stress and distractions of the daily routine. The nylon strings make playing easy on your fingers and the small size and light weight allows you to take this instrument with you literally anywhere – the beach, the office, camping, boating – you name it!

New
Price: $649.00 CAD
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Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star Banjo

Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star Banjo

The Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star banjo is the top of the Deering line and one of the finest banjos in the world.   This banjo is named after Ten Broeks, the famous American race horse – winner of the July 4 1878 race at what is now Churchill Downs,  and the subject of the traditional song ‘Molly and Tenbrooks’.

New
Price: $11,439.00 CAD
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Vega Old Tyme Wonder Frailing / Clawhammer Banjo

Vega Old Tyme Wonder Frailing / Clawhammer Banjo

The Deering company of Lemon Grove California has been one of the most respected manufacturer of high-end banjos for decades. Their Vega line of open-back clawhammer banjos including the Vega Old Tyme Wonder are packed with features and priced very modestly. The latest model in the Vega banjo line is the “Old Tyme Wonder” which features a hand applied ‘Warm Brown’ stain over highly flamed maple finished with a matte lacquer.

New
Price: $2,664.00 CAD
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Deering Golden Wreath Banjo in Walnut

Deering Golden Wreath Banjo in Walnut

The Deering Golden Wreath 5 String banjo is a beautiful instrument that is an accurate reproduction of the classic banjos of the 1930’s, but at a fraction of the originals cost. Normally the Deering Golden Wreath is built with Mahogany, but for the last several years Deering has been custom building the Golden Wreath in Walnut for The Twelfth Fret.

New
Price: $6,083.00 CAD
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Deering Rustic Wreath 5-String Banjo

Deering Rustic Wreath 5-String Banjo

The Deering Rustic Wreath is a new 5-string banjo model, bringing the construction and tonal qualities of top line instruments like the Golden Era at a more affordable price. This is largely done by reducing the decoration and finishing costs, but not altering the structure.Built using a traditional Maple neck with Ebony fingerboard, and 3-ply violin grade Maple rim with Deering -06- 20-Hole bell bronze tone ring, and Deering hardware – the Deering Rustic Wreath essentially a Deering Golden Era in different clothing.

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Price: $4,328.00 CAD
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Deering Golden Era 5 String Banjo

Deering Golden Era 5 String  Banjo

he Deering Golden Era 5 String Banjo is an accurate reproduction of the classic banjos of the 1930’s made with the same materials and the same weight, design and features of the originals. It is comparable with competitive banjos costing considerably more and far more accurate to the original models than other current production banjos. For the classic sound, appearance and feel of the prized banjos from the 1930’s, at a fraction of an originals’ cost, the Golden Era is the premier choice.

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Price: $6,369.00 CAD
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Deering Artisan Goodtime Banjo

Deering Artisan Goodtime Banjo

The stunning Deering Artisan Goodtime banjo embodies Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could.

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Price: $1,039.00 CAD
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Deering Terry Baucom Signature Model Banjo

Deering Terry Baucom Signature Model Banjo

Terry Baucom, the Duke of Drive, joins the Deering Banjo Company in introducing his dynamic walnut, signature, 5-string banjo available now at authorized dealers throughout the world. Crafted from elegant, plain walnut, trimmed in ivoroid with black and white accent stripes, bearing a regal inlay pattern designed by Greg Deering, and set up to Terry’s personal specifications, Terry says of his signature model, “Every time it goes on stage it seems to get better.”

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Price: $6,499.00 CAD
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Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Resonator Banjo

Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Resonator Banjo

This stunning Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Resonator Banjo has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Classic Special can be heard with a sweet voice with sustain that compliments all the instruments in a band.

New
Price: $1,689.00 CAD
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Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Openback Banjo

Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Openback Banjo

The patented Special Tone Ring found beneath the American made beauty of the Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Openback makes it louder and brighter than the standard openback model and is great for players who like to jam and want to be heard. The rich brown stain, planetary tuners, and Deering peg head shape gives the classic look of a vintage banjo. Featuring Midnight Maple Fingerboard and Vintage Artisan inspired inlays.

New
Price: $1,279.50 CAD
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Deering Artisan Goodtime Two Banjo

Deering Artisan Goodtime Two Banjo

With a resonator back for projection, the American made Deering Artisan Goodtime Two banjo has a 3-ply violin grade maple rim and produces a bright and clear tone that projects well and is louder than its open back counterpart.

New
Price: $1,429.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Artisan Americana

Deering Goodtime Artisan Americana

The Deering Goodtime Artisan Americana features a 12” rim, which gives the banjo a stronger bass response and a much warmer open back banjo tone. Played with an old time style technique, the Goodtime Artisan Americana is reminiscent of banjos from a period when larger rims were more prevalent which makes the 12” a great setup for playing old time music.

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Price: $1,143.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Special Banjo With Resonator

Deering Goodtime Special Banjo With Resonator

There is some remarkable tonal magic going on here with the Deering Goodtime Special Banjo with resonator. The new steel tone ring combined with the unique Goodtime flange and red maple rim is the perfect combination for a classic professional Bluegrass tone. This newly Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring designed by Deering produces a powerfully crisp, bright, sparkling tone

New
Price: $1,338.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Americana 5-String Banjo

Deering Goodtime Americana 5-String Banjo

The Deering Goodtime Americana™ is the first 5-string banjo from Deering to be fitted with their new Grand 12” rim, which gives the banjo a stronger bass response and a much warmer tone. The fullness and warmth of the larger rim is further enhanced by the addition of a 12” Renaissance head which beautifully complements the banjo both visually and sonically. 

New
Price: $779.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Special Openback Banjo

Deering Goodtime Special Openback Banjo

The Goodtime Special Openback banjo produces a more powerful and brighter tone because it is made with Deering patented steel tone ring. There is some remarkable tonal magic going on here: The new steel tone ring combined with the unique Goodtime flange and red maple rim is the perfect combination for a classic professional Bluegrass tone.

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Price: $1,338.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Two Banjo with Resonator

Deering Goodtime Two Banjo with Resonator

The Goodtime Two has a natural blonde maple with a satin finish to protect it. The rich, golden tone and the reverberation off the resonator sound great. You can definitely tell a volume difference between open back and a Goodtime Two.

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Price: $948.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Fretless and Scooped Openback Banjo

Deering Goodtime Fretless and Scooped Openback Banjo

The Deering Goodtime Fretless banjo is fitted with modern head, tuners and bridge, having none of the quirky setup and tuning issues of the 19th century banjos. For those players who want an authentic old time banjo sound and understand the idea of a fretless instrument, this one is for you.

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Gold Tone OB-250 Orange Blossom 5-String Resonator Banjo

Gold Tone OB-250 Orange Blossom 5-String Resonator Banjo

The Gold Tone OB-250 has everything needed to produce THAT tone: a sand-cast bell brass flathead tone ring, a cast one-piece resonator flange circling a multi-ply maple rim with twin coordinator rods and an extra-deep curly maple multi-ply resonator for better low-end response. The curly maple neck has a bound ebony fretboard with hearts & flowers inlay. The bracket hooks even have metric threading to enable finer tension adjustment. “

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Price: $1,739.00 CAD
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Nechville Galaxy Phantom Maple 5-String Banjo

Nechville Galaxy Phantom Maple 5-String Banjo

Here we have a Nechville Galaxy Phantom 5-string banjo in flamed maple! While retaining traditional banjo values, these instruments introduce cutting edge features. A compound radius fingerboard, top quality fretwork with larger frets, tunneled 5th string with roller, the Cyclotronic head-tuning system and Pro-Tone Bronze Tone Ring are some of the advanced elements that make these instruments stand out.

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Price: $6,279.00 CAD
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Gold Tone OB-150 5-String Pre-War Style Banjo

Gold Tone OB-150 5-String Pre-War Style Banjo

The Gold Tone OB-150 Orange Blossom is a ‘Pre-war’ style 5-string banjo with authentic tone and superb playability and at a price anyone can afford.

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Price: $1,399.00 CAD
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Deering John Hartford 5-String Banjo

Deering John Hartford 5-String Banjo

For the Deering John Hartford 5-String Banjo, Greg Deering combined years of experience with John Hartford’s research into the design of vintage banjos.

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Price: $6,239.00 CAD
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Deering Sierra Maple Openback Banjo

Deering Sierra Maple Openback Banjo

Deering has done it again with this innovative variation on their Sierra Bluegrass banjo! By simply eliminating the heavy flange and resonator the Sierra open-back offers a voice very much in the spirit of the famed Vega #2 Tubaphone at a far lower price.

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Price: $3,015.00 CAD
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Stelling Bellflower Banjo

Stelling Bellflower Banjo

Here we have another superb example of Geoff Stelling’s craftsmanship – the Stelling Bellflower banjo.

We were thrilled to renew our dealership with Stelling and now carry three models as standard stocking representation of these fine banjos.

Stelling established themselves as a benchmark in modern banjo construction; a unique approach to tone ring to rim construction that ensures maximum ring to rim contact for full tonal transmission.

Stelling engineered their own uinique heavy zinc flange and machined tailpiece to create THE classic Stelling banjo sound.

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Nechville Atlas Banjo

The Nechville Atlas is hybrid banjo with a unique pot and Nechvilles patent pending adjustable neck design. The Walnut block-rim construction and wooden flange give this banjo a earthy appearance and smooth ergonomic feel. The Nechville fraling thumb scoop allows players to double thumb in that sweet spot without losing the top frets common with a typical scoop. The Cocobolo tone ring has a similar mass to a light weight metal tone ring providing similar sustain with a much warmer timbre. This instrument has the full fat sound of a 12″ pot with added clarity providing great depth, resonance and sustain. The Saturn and Stars inlay and hand rubbed oil finish complete this great looking and sounding banjo!

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Price: $3,542.00 CAD
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Nechville Classic Deluxe Banjo

Nechville Musical Products has been in business since 1989, manufacturing professional banjos and related accessories for the booming acoustic and electric string instrument market. They have gained a respected reputation among the nation’s top builders as being a leader in innovation and design. Nechville owns patents on the unique Heli-mount banjo design which has been enthusiastically accepted by some of the world’s top players such as Bela Fleck and Alison Brown!

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Price: $6,150.00 CAD
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Vega No 2 Open Back Banjo

Vega No 2 Open Back Banjo

The Vega Tub-ba-phone banjo is unquestionably one of the most unique banjos in the history of this young and growing instrument. Touted by some as the ultimate banjo tone, it is prized for its full, round and yet sparkling tone and for its depth, responsiveness and power. For years only affluent collectors could afford Tu-ba-phone banjos made early in the 20th century and anyone who wanted one would search and pay premium prices for these coveted instruments. Those days are gone. The new Vega No.2 Tub-ba-phone is the first of a new breed of traditional style banjos that offer all the dynamics, sparkle, power, depth, full tone and more.

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Price: $5,199.00 CAD
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Deering Tenbrooks Banjo: The Saratoga Star

Deering Tenbrooks Banjo: The Saratoga Star

The Deering Tenbrooks Banjo:the Saratoga Star shares all of the upgraded hardware and unparalleled Tenbrooks tone ring from the Rüetschi Bell Foundry, but features a highly flamed maple neck and resonator. Most players agree that a maple neck and resonator add a subtle degree of brightness and clarity to the overall tonality of a banjo. While the Tenbrooks Legacy is a very powerful instrument that will be heard within any band mix, it also has a slightly rounder overall tonality. The Tenbrooks Sarasota Star was developed for the professional who wants slightly more edge with a brighter tone!

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Price: $11,439.00 CAD
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Deering John Hartford Banjo

Deering John Hartford Banjo

For the John Hartford Model, Greg Deering’s years of experience with various woods combined with John Hartford’s research into the design of vintage banjos culminated in the idea of using a “Grenadillo tone-ring” made from a wood used on marimbas. This unique tone-ring is mounted on a three-ply maple rim with a zinc flange to create lighter weight (8 lbs instead of 11or 12) banjo; a very good choice for bluegrass as well as other styles! The Hartford sounds like a vintage pre-war banjo when new but also as it ages, it “plays-in” like a violin and gains in volume and presence the more it is played. We’ve seen it out-do even the best bronze tone-ring banjos in jam sessions!

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Price: $5,389.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Parlor Banjo

Deering Goodtime Parlor Banjo

Pick it in the parlor, in the park, or any where you go -the Deering Goodtime Parlor Banjo is lightweight and made with a shorter scale to meet a variety of needs for today’s banjo players! Reminiscent of the shorter scale banjos that were popular in the 1890’s, the Goodtime Parlor banjo is a 19 fret, 5-string rock maple banjo that weighs only 4 pounds in the openback version and a mere 5 pounds with a resonator model.

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