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Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo X320

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A maple, prewar style bluegrass banjo made like the classic banjos of the 1930's with the same materials and the same weight, design and features, th...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 08-21-2018

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Traditional styling and tone recall another era.

A maple, prewar style bluegrass banjo made like the classic banjos of the 1930's with the same materials and the same weight, design and features, the Golden Era is one of Deering's most popular banjos for traditional bluegrass bands. If you're looking for that classic bluegrass banjo tone and look - this is the banjo for you. Adorned with a traditional hearts & flowers inlay pattern, this banjo has the appearance and feel of the prized banjos from the 1930's. It is designed to produce the most sought-after sound, a sound previously only achieved by five-string banjos of the pre-war era. This beautiful banjo has a Genuine Deering -06- 20-hole bell bronze tone ring. The drum assembly and neck shape are designed for the traditional crisp and strong bass notes as well as the distinct clear high tones of the cherished bluegrass sound.

A powerhouse banjo with a superbly crafted traditional tone and appearance. The 20-hole tone ring, traditional flange, 3-ply rock maple rim, deep resonator, and slightly thicker neck re-create the classic banjos of the 1930s. The Cremona violin sunburst stain enhances the beautiful curly maple neck and the resonator's volume and timbre. Hearts-and-flowers mother-of-pearl inlays on the ebony fingerboard and double-cut peg head meld traditional style with Deering's world-renowned quality.

The Golden Era has a larger air chamber like the Tenbrooks banjos which gives the banjos a more resonant hollow sound with deep bass response for a traditional prewar bluegrass sound. Clear, bright highs and resonant deep bass notes.

Curly Maple
Cremona Sunburst Stain
Traditional Fuller Neck Shape
Ebony Fingerboard
Hearts & Flowers Mother of Pearl Inlays
Trimmed with White/Black/White Binding
Bone Nut
22 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
Traditional 5th-String Nut
White Binding with Black/White Trim
Deering Planetary Tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner

Polished Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring
Golden Era Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
Nickel Plated Traditional Style Zinc Flange
11" Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
Deering True Tone Tailpiece
Nickel Plated Hardware

Deeper Resonator Sound Chamber
The Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered on the Inside for Projection of Tone
Curly Maple with Cremona Sunburst Stained Resonator
White Binding with Black/White Trim
High Gloss Finish
NeckWidth at the Nut 1 13/64"
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
Resonator diameter 13 7/8"
Overall Instrument Length 38"
Weight Approx. 11 lbs
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Deering5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Makes me sound like I can play!

By Fuzzwell

from Virgnia

Comments about Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo:

I started out with a Fender banjo, and spent a year learning, but was disappointed because it just didn't sound that great, and when I was at my lesson, my instructor's banjo always sounded great. It was a Deering. So, I went to the local banjo shop and spent two hours playing all of the banjos with the salesman. We had a great time. The Deering Golden Era was the best one out of 20 they had. Now I'm a proud owner of one, and my banjo picking sounds much better! It's the difference between playing an old wall piano, and playing a grand piano.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Bright, crisp, hard driving bluegrass sound

By Indiana_Mike

from Nokesville, Virginia

Comments about Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo:

After wanting to upgrade to a better banjo last year and trying many different brands, I went with the Deering Golden Era for many reasons. The first reason is that I owned a Deering prior to this purchase and have been very pleased with the quality and cumstomer service. Secondly, because Deering has just as quality of an instrument as some of the other makers at a more competitive price. Why pay 1000 more dollars just because of the name on the peghead? The only complaint I have is that the banjo was not set up well when I recieved it. However, this could be because of shipping or improper storage. Whatever the case, a day at a banjo luthiers got the kinks out and it sounds better than I could have imagined. I highly recommend this banjo to anyone who is serious about music.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


golden era

By Eric Simmons

from tampa, fl

Comments about Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo:

When i first got my GOlDEN ERA, it didnt have much volume, buy the tone was amazing. I tried to adjust my tailpiece and realized it was cracked and it could not be adjusted. I'm sure they would have sent me another but I decided to put a Kershner on it...WoW....what a monster, now i have a sweet, boomstick.....I LOVE this banjo, it sounds so good up the neck, and is snap crackle pop by the bridge. Everyone who plays it loves it....


I highly recommend this banjo.

By Dick

from Hamburg, NY

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  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong


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    Comments about Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo:

    Great banjo. Replaces my 1966 Gibson Mastertone with better sound, tone and appearance. Still sorting out whether to use light or medium strings. Very pleased.

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