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Deering Boston Banjo with Resonator (and Case)

This regal-looking and sweetly voiced steel-rim banjo has a stately tone to complement its vintage looks. Rate and Review This Product
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The affordable Deering Boston banjo is great for jamming with friends as well as recording! Featuring solid American craftmanship, the Boston Banjo provides a professional quality tone by creating the drum from 3/16 inch rolled steel which rings like a tone ring.

The powerful and dynamic sound of the Boston comes from that steel rim which creates a bright, clear, crisp tone. The mahogany neck and resonator are satin finished and the precise fretwork in the polished ebony fingerboard makes the intonation accurate and the playing surface fast and effortless. The slender, low-profile Deering neck is comfortable for all hand sizes. Handmade in the USA.

Features:

- Has the sweet sound of mahogany with less sustain than a maple or walnut banjo.
- Crisp highs and good bass response with fewer overtones than many banjos
- Easy to play with clarity of note separation.
- Great for recording

"The Boston has quite a history behind it. When we started out to build Deering Banjos the very first banjo we made was called the Intermediate and the heart, or basic guts of that banjo is a relatively new concept and that is that the pot is made out of steel. The steel has good weight and a very good ring for a banjo that is made in a little bit of a lower price range. The inspiration came from a gentleman that used to make banjos up on Mount San Jacinto in a community called Idyllwild. His name was Dave Sleeter. He was a fellow that liked living up in the mountains and built banjos in his cabin and he would make a steel pot and the way he made them was very expensive to make, but the banjos sounded really, really good. So I determined that there was less expensive ways to make the steel rim and it would sound just the same as Dave's. So we started making them and we started using the 24 piece flange on it because it was really hard to get the holes in a steel rim so perfectly spaced that we could put a whole flange plate on it. We originally were buying flange pieces from Liberty banjo but they kept running out and didn't want to make any more, and about that time Great Lakes Banjo had quit doing business and we started buying flange pieces from Mark Zimmerman and soon they were all gone, so Mark offered to sell us the die. We bought the die from him, his dad had made the die and we still have the die and we have a punch press that is old and rickety and I won't let any of our employees run it. We still today, all these years later, this is from the late '70's, come in after hours and Janet and I run the punch two or three times a year. We still personally run the punch press to make those flanges.

The interesting thing about the steel rim is that when we first started making it we went to the San Diego Bluegrass Club. When we got out of the car we could hear the parking lot picking going on and there would always be one banjo that I could hear all the way across the parking lot. We kind of made a game out of going and finding out whose banjo that was, and over a period of time we started to notice that almost every time it was a Boston . That steel rim has a really good clarity of tone. It carries really well and will project beyond banjos that cost a lot more. It is a really good jamming banjo. We call it the Boston because of the banjo heritage of the city of Boston. Over a hundred years ago the whole Mecca of banjos and the banjo world was centered around the city of Boston." - Greg Deering zZounds is an authorized dealer of Deering products.
Neck:
- 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
- Slender Deering Neck Shape
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Seed and Vine Maple & Pearloid Inlays
- Guitar style tuners (Planetary Tuners available as an option)
- Satin Finish

Pot:
- Nickel Plated and Durable 3/16" Steel Rim
- True Tone Deering tailpiece
- 11" Banjo Head
- Beveled Tension Hoop
- 24 Flat Hooks with 9/32" Hex Nuts
- 24 Bracket Shoes
- Butterfly 24-Piece Flange
- Nickel Plated Hardware

Resonator:
- Mahogany
- Trimmed in White
- Straight Sidewalls
- Satin Finish

Tone:
- Has the sweet sound of mahogany with less sustain than a maple or walnut banjo.
- Crisp highs and good bass response with less overtones than many banjos.
- Easy to play with clarity of note separation. Great for recording.

Dimensions:
- Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4",
- Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
- Resonator diameter 13 7/8"
- Overall Instrument Length 38"
- Weight Approx. 9.6 lbs

- Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 19 x 8 in
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