Built with Deering's genuine bell bronze tone ring, three ply violin grade maple rim and one piece, cast, zinc resonator flange, the Deluxe is as easy to play as it is beautiful. The banjo we have was built in July of 1982. It has been played and shows wear on the finish as well as on the head. There are some nicks in the headstock and in various places on the body (pictured above) but nothing that affects the sound of the banjo. The fingerboard itself is in good shape. There are some chips/scrapes in the poly on the neck and body, light splitting on the back of the body, but no major gashes in the wood. A hardshell case and USA-made Pickpocket leather banjo strap are also included.
The mother of pearl inlay in the peghead, is the very first Deering logo designed by Greg Deering for his first banjo in 1969. The multicolor binding and high gloss finish enhance the gold and perloid inlays on the exotic, natural ebony fingerboard. "The inspiration for the inlay artwork comes from the early Boston banjo masters. And if you look at the peghead of the Deluxe, it has some of the same elements as the Sierra, but it is much more expanded and it comes alive with the turn of the century Boston masters element - and that was just the design that flowed out onto the page. It's a lot of fun to have that kind of artwork on a banjo that people can afford. The first professional banjo we made was the Deluxe so it always has a very dear spot to us because it was the first professional banjo we made way back in '79." - Greg Deering
One of Deering's oldest and most popular models, this banjo brings the power, easy playability and maintenance together in a beautiful, historically important banjo that is just as much at home on the front porch as it is on the road. It truly is a Deluxe banjo.
- Mahogany Neck
- Mother of Pearl Diamond-Style Inlays
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Zinc Flange
- Deering Eagle Logo on Headstock
- Three-ply Maple Rim
- Sand Cast Bell Bronze Tone Ring