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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.

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Price: $1789 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.

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Price: $4659 CAD
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Deering Deluxe Mahogany Banjo, 2011

Deering Deluxe Mahogany Banjo, 2011

Now discontinued, the Deering Deluxe Mahogany 5-string banjo was one of Deering’s most popular models, with Mahogany for the resonator and neck. Towards the end of its run, Walnut was used for the neck and resonator. This Deering Deluxe Mahogany is in good overall condition was built at the Deering shop in Spring Valley California during June 2011.

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Price: $2100 CAD
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Gibson GB-3 Mastertone Guitar Banjo, 1926

Gibson GB-3 Mastertone Guitar Banjo, 1926

The first of the Gibson GB series of 6-string Mastertone Guitar Banjos appeared in 1918, as the GB-3 and GB-4. The GB-1 and GB-6 appeared in 1922, and by 1940, production had completely ended. The GB-5 was built only during 1925. These models were influenced by the popular Paramount banjo designs.These instruments are perhaps comparable in intent to the Resophonic guitars that were introduced by National just a few years later – meant to be used in fairly loud ensembles, often with horns, playing the Dixieland jazz that was all the rage.

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Price: $4999.99 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: $3489 CAD
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Paramount Style B 5 String Banjo Maple, 1922

Paramount Style B 5 String Banjo Maple, 1922

The Paramount Style B 5 string is built using Maple for the bulk of the wooden components, with a bound Brazilian Rosewood bridge and headplate. The classic, fairly complex inlay set is executed in engraved Mother of Pearl. There is natural wear and checking to the lacquer finish, and there is some damage to parts of the headstock inlays from previous re-gluing work, along with some cracks in the Brazilian Rosewood head plate – this is to be expected on an instrument nearly a century old.

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Price: $3500 CAD
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Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo, Walnut, 2010

Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo, Walnut, 2010

The Sierra is Deering’s most popular banjo, because it delivers what really matters to a banjo’s performance in an affordable package. In the optional Maple version, it has a brighter and more focused tone. In addition to the Maple rim, resonator and neck, the Sierra has an Ebony fingerboard and composite inlays.This is a Deering Sierra built during 2010 in Spring Valley, California, in good overall condition with the optional ‘railroad spike’ capo tacks installed. It has been set up in our shop by Anne Hartman and the action is set to 5/64ths. The original Deering hard shell case is included.

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Price: $1925 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: $4789 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Vega Pete Seeger Long Neck Banjo, 1961

‼️Reduced‼️ Vega Pete Seeger Long Neck Banjo, 1961

This Vega Pete Seeger long neck banjo, built during 1961 at the Vega shop in Boston is a ‘dowel stick’ version and in good working order. Capo tacks are installed, also a Presto tailpiece, with the original in the case. It has a new bridge. The tuners and brackets are original, and the original case is included.

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Price: $4500 CAD
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Dave Mills 5 String Openback Banjo with Frailing Scoop, 2018

Dave Mills 5 String Openback Banjo with Frailing Scoop, 2018

This neatly constructed Dave Mills 5 string openback banjo uses a 12 inch pot with a spun-over Maple rim and Dobson-style tone ring, and a 3-piece Maple neck with an Ebony fingerboard that carries a frailing scoop. The Maple used on the rim and neck has a very convincing Cherry stain – so convincing that even our repair shop staff thought it was cherry from a short distance!     The head uses a traditional ‘paddle’ outline.  

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Price: $1695 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: $899 CAD
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Gold Star GF-100HF Hearts and Flowers 5-String Banjo Mahogany, 2006

Gold Star GF-100HF Hearts and Flowers 5-String Banjo Mahogany, 2006

Produced for Saga Musical Instruments, the mahogany Gold Star GF-100HF ‘Hearts and Flowers’ banjo reproduces a classic flathead banjo from the 1930s. The Gold Star models appeared in the late 1970s and have been in production since, in a few variations. This 2006 Gold Star GF-100H in very nice condition, with just slight wear. These banjos are ideal for bluegrass, producing excellent tone and clarity, served up with more than adequate volume. 

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Price: $1649 CAD
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Gold Tone OB-250F LH Orange Blossom Left Hand 5-String Banjo, 2015

Gold Tone OB-250F LH Orange Blossom Left Hand 5-String Banjo, 2015

As one of the company’s top left handed models, the Gold Tone OB-250F LH is built to highest standards with a bell bronze tone ring, curly maple neck, all chrome hardware, premium tuners with the classic Gibson Mastertone style Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern. Fitted with the ‘correct’ one piece Zinc flange and maple rim, you will get the same classic ‘snap’ or Mastertone ‘cluck’ from your right hand Scruggs-style attack.

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Price: $1250 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Banjo Tenor Ukulele

Deering Goodtime Banjo Tenor Ukulele

The Tenor-sized Deering Goodtime Banjo Tenor Ukulele has expanded on the original Goodtime Concert Banjo Ukulele by increasing the scale length to 17”.  The longer scale Tenor tuning generates more sustain and power at the bridge allowing Deering to marry this Tenor neck to the larger 12” wood rim from Goodtime Americana banjo series. 

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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: $2039 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: $4649 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.

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Price: $1349 CAD
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Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

The Irish Tenor banjo is specially adapted to Irish and other Celtic music styles, pitched low to co-exist with the Bodhran, pipes and fiddles. The Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor model offers a quality instrument at a reasonable price. The seventeen-fret IT-250’s short scale neck uses heavier strings and is tuned to GDAE, an octave below the mandolin. This setup is in wide use by many traditional Irish musicians because it provides the plunky tone that works so well with the bodhran, pipes and fiddles found in Celtic music ensembles.

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Price: $850 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.

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Price: $1159 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.

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Price: $1229 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: $989 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

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Price: $1189 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. 

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Price: $719 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: $1039 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: $709 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Six Steel String Banjo

Deering Goodtime Six Steel 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

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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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Price: $789.00 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: $559.00 CAD
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The Deering Calico Banjo

The 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 over dressed !

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Price: $4789 CAD
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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: $1739 CAD
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Gold Tone MM-150 Maple Mountain Openback Banjo

Gold Tone MM-150 Maple Mountain Openback Banjo

The Gold Tone MM-150 half-inch-thick maple rim carries an authentically-designed Whyte Laydie -style scalloped three-piece brass tone ring under an eleven-inch Remo Renaissance head. Premium parts include a comfortable maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with snowflake inlays and a frailing scoop, vintage Fairbanks-style headstock design, planetary tuners, Vega-style armrest, and No Knot tailpiece. The MM-150 is completely set up at the Gold Tone Factory.

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Price: $1089 CAD
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Gold Tone CC-100R Plus Cripple Creek 5-String Resonator Banjo

Gold Tone CC-100R Plus Cripple Creek 5-String Resonator Banjo

The Gold Tone CC-100R is a newbie player’s dream come true. It is the only modestly-priced full-featured banjo that comes with a maple neck with a two-way adjustable truss rod and separate rosewood fretboard, a hard-rock maple rim with twin coordinator rods, and it’s CONVERTIBLE! The natural-blonde finished CC-100R has a resonator that’s easily removed for true openback playing, helping new players become comfortable with different playing styles with just one banjo. Gold Tone’s superb factory setup in Florida further adds to the CC-100R’s value.

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Price: $759 CAD
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Gold Tone CC-50RP Cripple Creek Resonator 5-String Banjo

Gold Tone CC-50RP Cripple Creek Resonator 5-String Banjo

The popular Gold Tone CC-50RP has been the openback banjo of choice for thousands of beginning players for many years. The CC-50RP adds a full-walled resonator and high quality planetary-gear tuning machines to offer a value-packed first Bluegrass banjo for thousands more. Great sound emanates from the hard rock maple rim topped with a brass rod tone ring. The flangeless CC-50RP converts easily to an open back banjo for exploring clawhammer or folk style playing; just pop off the resonator and mounting brackets and you’re done.

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Price: $609 CAD
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Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar 6-String Banjo

Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar 6-String Banjo

The maple-rimmed twelve-inch pot of the Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar brings out the full-range sound spectrum of a guitar blended with the plunky old-time tone of the banjo. The brass tone ring provides crisp clarity and the slim neck makes playing it a pleasure. Tastefully simple star-and-dot vintage inlays set off the radiused ebony fretboard. The BT-2000 banjo guitar will lend an authentic touch to your blues or Old Time stylings.

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Price: $1329 CAD
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Gold Tone WL-250 Whyte Laydie 5-String Openback Banjo

Gold Tone WL-250 Whyte Laydie 5-String Openback Banjo

The Gold Tone WL-250 Whyte Laydie produces the plunky yet focused tone that’s long been a standard for Old Time and folk music. This banjo features an accurate replica of the classic three-piece Whyte Laydie tone ring, mated with a half-inch maple rim for maximum air chamber volume. The maple neck has a vintage heel design, a Fairbanks-style headstock shape, GT Master planetary tuners. Stylized cloud inlays adorn the bound ebony fretboard which terminates in a frailing scoop. The eleven-inch pot carries a Remo Renaissance head, a No-Knot tailpiece and dual coordinator rods for a solid neck fit and easy adjustments.

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Price: $1389 CAD
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Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

For many years, the Vega company was a prominent musical instrument builder, and the Vega Senator 5-string open back banjo was a typical offering. Market and management changes led to Vega’s decline, and the name has now become a valued Deering brand, recalling the historic banjos of the early part of the 20th century.

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Price: $1249 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!”.

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Price: $2749 CAD
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2017 Nechville Galaxy Phantom Maple 5-String Banjo

2017 Nechville Galaxy Phantom Maple 5-String Banjo

Just in – a new Nechville Galaxy Phantom 5-string banjo in flamed maple! While retaining traditional values, these banjos introduce cutting edge features.

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Price: $5100 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: $1149 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: $4589 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.

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Price: $1889 CAD
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Deering Sierra Maple Openback Banjo

Deering Sierra Maple Openback Banjo

The Deering Sierra openback banjo uses the famed ’06 or Aught Six Deering flathead ring and offers the superb tone and sustain expected from the Vega #2.

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Price: $2389 CAD
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2015 Stelling Red Fox Banjo

2015 Stelling Red Fox Banjo

We’ve just received another new Stelling Red Fox Banjo! Inspired by master banjoist Bill Emerson, the Red Fox features Stelling’s unique bronze ‘Wedge Fit’ tone ring fitted to a Tony Pass ‘Lost Timbre’ block rim.

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Price: $5795 CAD
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Deering Boston Open Back 6 String Banjo

Deering Boston Open Back 6 String Banjo

The Deering Boston Open Back 6 String Banjo is built specifically for The Twelfth Fret. Many guitar players find that they want to incorporate banjo tones, but don’t want to learn a new instrument.

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Price: $1989 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!

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Price: $589 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.

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Eastman EBJ-WL1 Whyte Laydie Banjo

Eastman EBJ-WL1 Whyte Laydie Banjo

A faithful reproduction of the famous Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No.2, the Eastman EBJ-WL1 ‘Whyte Laydie’ open back banjo hearkens back to the early 20th century.

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Price: $1739 CAD
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Deering Deluxe Banjos

Deering Deluxe Banjos

Deering Deluxe banjos are built around Deering’s famed ’06 (aught six) sand-cast, silicone bronze tone ring. This incredible tone ring is fitted to a red-maple rim and the unique Deering extra heavy flange. Deering’s thick flange contributes to the full and round bass response and added upper fret sustain and string balance that we have come to expect from Deering Banjos.

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Price: $3589 CAD
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Nechville Phantom Model Figured Maple Leon Hunt Banjo

Nechville Phantom Model Figured Maple Leon Hunt Banjo

The spectacular Nechville Phantom Model Figured Maple Leon Hunt Banjo is based on the Nechville Phantom XXV (Phantom 25), using all the Nechville Phantom elements plus very highly figured maple for the neck and resonator (rather than the stock figured walnut construction), with a slight walnut tint to the finish.

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Price: $5149 CAD
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Deering Eagle II Aught Six Banjo

Deering Eagle II Aught Six Banjo

From time to time Deering offers us experimental banjos — banjos from their custom shop that were not ordered by shop or customer. When Barry Hunn from Deering called and offered me these two banjos I took them in a heartbeat.

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Price: $2739 CAD
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Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo

Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo

Finally an all American Bluegrass maple-wood banjo at under $2000 !
Deering Banjos are now offering the Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo – their most popular Sierra model banjo in maple!

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Deering GDL Greg Deering Limited Banjo

Deering GDL Greg Deering Limited Banjo

The Deering GDL Greg Deering Limited Banjo caries Greg Deering’s name due to the affection Greg has for this special banjo.
Elegant Abalone and pearl inlay and trim with Ivoroid binding beautifully sets off the highly figured English Curly Walnut neck and exotic burl walnut resonator.

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Price: $6949 CAD
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Deering Goodtime II Banjo ‘The Crow’ Package

Deering Goodtime II Banjo 'The Crow' Package

Most banjo players you meet will tell you they saw a banjo in a concert somewhere and immediately ran out and bought their first banjo. They were hooked for life ! The Deering Crow starter package is priced at $649 CAD.

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Deering Eagle II 6-String Banjo

Deering Eagle II 6-String Banjo

The guitar and banjo worlds collide with the Deering Eagle II 6-string Banjo!

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Price: $2739 CAD
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Deering Dropkick Murphys Boston Model Tenor Banjo

Deering Dropkick Murphys Boston Model Tenor Banjo

Today we are featuring the new Deering Dropkick Murphys Boston Model Tenor banjo. This tenor banjo was originally custom built for the Dropkick Murphys band and is based on a John Hartford banjo template which features highly figured maple neck and resonator with a Grenadillo wood tone ring fitted to a red maple rim with a standard Deering flange. This banjo is loud, warm and full sounding and at 6.85 pounds it is roughly half of the weight of a normal Tenor banjo due to the weight savings of the wood tone ring. This is without a question the lightest weight professional Tenor banjo we have seen!

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Gold Star GF 200 Bowtie 1952

Gold Star GF 200 Bowtie 1952

Earl Scruggs had a number of Gibson banjos: RB-75, RB-4, RB-3 and Granada banjos… but one of the more famous was an old Gibson Mastertone that had the fretboard replaced by Gibson. Earl prefers a fully inlaid fretboard and Gibson decided on the classic Bowtie inlay pattern for him.

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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: $3989 CAD
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Vega by Deering: Woodsongs George Grove Long Neck / Short Neck Banjo

I’ve always loved the big E tuning on long neck banjos but at 5’ 7” tall, I’ve found these 32” scale length necks just too big to handle.

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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: $4479 CAD
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Deering Sierra Tenor Banjo

Deering Sierra Tenor Banjo

So why is the Deering Sierra Tenor Banjo the most popular tenor banjo in the Deering line? Greg Deering says it best … “No one can buy a better banjo! They could buy a fancier one but not a better one.  Irish Tenor banjos have the shorter 17 fret neck for a brighter, snappier sound. The Sierra 17-fret tenor has our professional -06- bronze tone ring and you get all the most important features that affect the tone and playability at an economical price.

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Price: $2849 CAD
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Deering Boston 6 String Banjo

This B-6, Deering Boston 6 String Banjo makes an ideal recording instrument. It’s lighter in weight due to the innovative steel rim construction that you can also find in our Boston 5 string banjos. In the B-6 this creates excellent note distinction, clarity, and sparkling crispness making it one of the all time favorites.

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Price: $2089 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Parlor Banjo

Pick it in the parlor, in the park, or any where you go…Deering’s new Goodtime Parlor banjo is light weight and made with a shorter scale to meet a variety of needs for today’s banjo players! Introduced at the industry’s major show in Anaheim recently, the model was very well received by dealers, artists, and other attendees. 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. Created with a traditional fiddle style peghead bearing a Goodtime logo, this bright, sparkling banjo has good tone and projection despite its smaller size. The banjo comes standard with the new sealed, geared, nickel plated guitar tuners but planetary tuners are available for a modest upgrade charge. The overall length of the banjo ranges from 33 ¼ to 34” depending on whether you have the openback or resonator style. Deering Banjos is offering the Parlor Goodtime banjo at no increase in price from the 22-fret models. The openback retails for $499 and the resonator model for $699 and is available now through authorized Deering dealers.

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Price: $559 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!

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Price: $2689 CAD
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