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An open back banjo with a deeper 4" rim, the depth of a minstrel banjo, is what story teller and Grammy award-winner, David Holt has been playing since 1988. Requests for one like his inspired the David Holt Tree of Life model which harkens back to the sound of a minstrel banjo.

This banjo is light weight, only 8 lbs, because it has the Grenadillo wood tone ring and no flange nor resonator and so is easy to perform with for hours. The deep 3-ply violin grade maple rim and grenadillo tone ring create a warmth and richness all it's own. It's great for singing and storytelling. It has a beautiful curly maple neck that is elegantly carved with a vine and stained to a rich warm brown. The rim is bound with decorative purfling and ivoroid binding inside and out. The metal parts are plated with durable chrome plating that will have a brand new appearance for years to come. The georgeous Tree of Life inlay is sterling silver with mother of pearl flowers and abalone leaves. The colorful flowers are placed on the fingerboard as fret markers. It is a magnificent banjo that is made to be enjoyed and played and passed on as a cherished heirloom for future generations to carry on the family's music. is an authorized dealer for all Deering Banjo Models and at the best prices.
Call or email us anytime for a price quote or price match. Toll free - 1-866-322-6567 offers complete professional banjo set-up FREE We can also add custom options like 5th string capo spikes, bridge upgrades, zero glide nut, have left handed models and other set up requests.

Comes with an official Deering Hard Case

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All 5-string Deering Bluegrass Banjos include the FREE items listed in the right column. This banjo includes 5 Ross Nickerson DVDs, an electronic banjo tuner, unlimited access to Ross's All Online Lesson's with no expiration, the official Deering Hard Shell Banjo Case, Free Pro Set-up and Free US Shipping. You can make substitutions for free items or receive credit for any free items offered.

Call or email us anytime with questions or for our special prices. You can also make adjustments to the free items that come with each Deering Professional, Eagle, Golden Series, Artist Signature, Tenbrooks, Private Collection Series or Custom Banjos. 1-866-322-6567 email us

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  • Add Zero Glide Nut - $49 Special
  • 5th String Capo Spikes Frets 7+9 $16
  • 5th String Capo Spikes Frets 7910 $24
  • 5th String Capo Spikes Frets 789 $24

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Your banjo comes with a free hard shell banjo case. $199 retail

Free / 5 Ross Nickerson DVDs
Fundamentals of Five String Banjo,
Banjo Jamming and Play Along
Playing Banjo By Ear & Learning Chords
Rock Solid Banjo Timing and Backup
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How to Practice Banjo.$99 value   

If you want to substitute different DVDs it's Ok to call or email with DVD substitutions too.
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Separate 1-year free membership to Free access to members only site. Receive 25% off all instructional materials along with discounts on other special sale items. Over 100 free videos, 50 lesson and song videos with matching tab, 100 plus free tab files, "Ask the Banjo Teacher" column, articles and other banjo lessons.
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tunerFree Banjo Tuner
We include a free electronic banjo tuner. You can never have too many of these handy. This free clip on banjo tuner works great for fast and noise free banjo tuning.

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The Neck: 
Beautiful Curly Maple Neck Stained a Rich Brown
Triple Bound Peghead with White, Black, White
Trimmed with Ivoroid and Coral Snake perfling
Slender, fast and comfortable Deering Neck Shape
Beautifully Hand Carved Heel
Sterling Silver Vine Inlay on Fingerboard and Peghead
White Mother of Pearl Flower Fret Markers
Bone Nut
22 Glued In Nickel-Silver Frets
Adjustable truss rod
Deering Planetary banjo tuners
Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
High Gloss Finish

Hartford Grenadillo Wood Tone Ring
Deep 4″ 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Open-back Rim
Ivoroid and Coral Snake Purfling trim
Satin Finish on the Rim
Deering Brass Notched Engraved Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head
24 round hooks & 5/16″ Ball End Hex Nuts
5/8″ Maple/Ebony Bridge
Durable Chrome Plating

Priced with a Deering/Vega Openback Hardshell Case

Deep, warm rounded notes that resonate full bodied with clear highs balanced by full bodied bass to create that old time sound of the Minstrel Era.

Tuned:g,D,G,B,D in standard tuning.
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
Open Back Rim Diameter "12
Rim Depth is 4.5″
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2″
Weight Approx. 8 lbs 

Lifetime Warranty: 

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