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  1. Gold Tone AC-1 5 String Openback Banjo
  2. Deering Artisan Goodtime OB 5
  3. Deering Boston 6 String A/E Banjo
  4. Deering Eagle II 5-string Banjo
  5. Gold Tone BUT Banjo Ukulele w/Case
  6. Gold Tone CB-100 Clawhammer Banjo
  7. Gold Tone OB-3 Prewar Banjo
  8. Ortega OBJ350/6-SBK
  9. Gold Tone Concert Banjo Ukulele w/Bag
  10. Gold Tone CC-OT Package VB
  11. Deering Goodtime Banjo Starter Package
  12. Deering Vega Senator 5-String Banjo
  13. Deering Artisan Goodtime Two
  14. Gold Tone Little GEM Banjo Uke Amethyst
  15. Gold Tone CC-OTA Clahammer Banjo Set
  16. Gold Tone Irish Tenor Banjo 12″
  17. Deering Goodtime 6 Banjo 11″
  18. Gold Tone BG-150F Banjo
  19. Deering Goodtime 2 LH
  20. Gold Tone GT-500 6 String Banjitar
  21. Deering Goodtime Six-R w/ Kavanjo PU
  22. Deering Goodtime Americana
  23. Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo Maple
  24. Recording King RK-R35-BR
  25. Deering Goodtime Two Banjo
  26. Deering Goodtime Banjo Concert Ukulele
  27. Gold Tone AC Traveler 5 string Banjo
  28. Deering Phoenix A/E 6-string Banjo
  29. Deering Goodtime A/E Banjo
  30. Recording King RK-OT25-BR

1. Gold Tone AC-1 5 String Openback Banjo

Gold Tone AC-1 5 String Openback Banjo

5-String Banjo

  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Rim: Composite
  • Head: 11″ Remo LC coated
  • Inays: Dot
  • Binding: ABS Black
  • 2-Way adjustable tension rod
  • Scale length: 665 mm
  • Nut width: 30.2 mm Zero Glide
  • Maple bridge with ebony cap
  • Adjustable tailpiece
  • 22 Frets
  • 16 Clamping screws
  • Flat bar hoops
  • Closed tuners
  • Tuning: G-D-G-B-D
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Colour: Matte black
  • Includes gig bag

2. Deering Artisan Goodtime OB 5

Deering Artisan Goodtime OB 5

5-String Banjo

  • Open back
  • 11″ Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Dark stained maple
  • Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays
  • Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays
  • Colour: Dark satin
  • Ex-factory stringing: Deering Light Set (Article Nr: #378078)

3. Deering Boston 6 String A/E Banjo

Deering Boston 6 String A/E Banjo

6-String Banjo with Pickup

  • Resonator: Mahogany
  • Head: 11″ Frosted Top Medium Crown Head (article no. 440395)
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Seed and Vine maple and pearloid fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Nut width: 44.5 mm (1.75″)
  • Nickel-plated 3/16″ steel rim
  • Flange: Butterfly 24 pieces
  • Bevelled tension hoop
  • Scale: 666.8 mm (26.25″)
  • White binding
  • 5/8″ (16 mm) Maple / Ebony Deering Smile Bridge
  • Deering 6-String tailpiece
  • Guitar style machine heads
  • Pickups: Kavanjo humbucker
  • Ex-factory stringing: Deering 6-String .010, .013, .017, .026w, .036w, .046w (article no. 409733)
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Case included
  • Made in USA

4. Deering Eagle II 5-string Banjo

Deering Eagle II 5-string Banjo

5-String Banjo

  • Mumford and Sons Signature Model
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros Crassiflora Hiern)
  • Fretboard inlays: Original Eagle
  • 22 Frets
  • Machine heads: Planetary Banjo
  • Deering patent-pending 22 tone ring
  • 3-Ply violin grade maple rim
  • True Tone Deering tailpiece
  • Deering brass notched tension hoop
  • 24 Round hooks
  • 24 Bracket shoes
  • Eagle 2-piece flange
  • Bridge: Maple/Ebony
  • Resonator: Maple in stained red mahogany high-gloss
  • Tuning: G,D,G,B,D in standard tuning (can be played in any other tuning)
  • Includes a Deering case

5. Gold Tone BUT Banjo Ukulele w/Case

Gold Tone BUT Banjo Ukulele w/Case

Tenor Banjo Ukulele

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Maple bridge with ebony cap
  • Nut width: 35 mm
  • Scale: 432 mm
  • Grover-style machine heads
  • Mini dot fretboard inlays
  • 8″ Maple rim
  • Steel hoops
  • ABS binding: White
  • 20 Frets
  • 16 tuning lugs
  • 8″ Remo Weather King Head
  • Tuning G – C – E – A
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Incl. case

6. Gold Tone CB-100 Clawhammer Banjo

Gold Tone CB-100 Clawhammer Banjo

5-String Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Maple rim
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Brass tone ring
  • Scale: 665 mm
  • Nut width: 30.2 mm
  • Bone nut
  • 17 Frets
  • Steel hoops
  • Black ABS binding
  • Nickel hardware
  • Maple bridge with ebony cap
  • No.Knot tailpiece
  • Planetary machine heads
  • 11″ Remo HC Fiberskyn skin
  • Colour: Vintage brown
  • Case included

7. Gold Tone OB-3 Prewar Banjo

Gold Tone OB-3 Prewar Banjo

5-String Prewar Banjo

  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Selected wood
  • Vintage pearloid fretboard inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Nut width: 31.7 mm
  • Scale: 667 mm
  • Bone nut
  • Tone ring: Flat top brass
  • Rim: Maple
  • Bridge: Maple with ebony cap
  • Tailpiece: Presto-style
  • Planetary machine heads
  • Head: 11″ Remo HC frosted
  • Nickel hardware
  • Tuning: G-D-G-B-D
  • Colour: Natural mahogany
  • Case included

8. Ortega OBJ350/6-SBK

Ortega OBJ350/6-SBK

Banjo

  • Design: 6-String
  • Neck: Nyatoh
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Resonator: Mahogany
  • Rim: Aluminium
  • Armrest: Engraved, chrome
  • Head: Black Remo Fibre
  • 21 Frets
  • Machine heads: Ortega diecast
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • 30 Brackets
  • Includes an Ortega OBB-INCL gig bag

9. Gold Tone Concert Banjo Ukulele w/Bag

Gold Tone Concert Banjo Ukulele w/Bag

Ukulele Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Rim: Maple 8″
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Round bar hoop
  • Head: Remo LC Fibreskin
  • Brackets: 12
  • Open construction
  • 4 mm Dot fretboard inlays
  • Cream ABS binding
  • Scale: 395 mm
  • Nut width: 30.2 mm
  • 18 Frets
  • Open Grover style machine heads with metal knobs
  • Bridge: Maple with ebony cap
  • 0-Fret Zero glide
  • Tailpiece: Vintage Gold Tone
  • Pickup: Hot Dot with built-in jack socket
  • Tuning: G-C-E-A
  • String gauges: .023, .030, .036, .025
  • Chrome hardware
  • Includes gigbag

10. Gold Tone CC-OT Package VB

Gold Tone CC-OT Package VB

5-String Open-Back Cripple Creek Clawhammer Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots & Star
  • 18 Frets
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut width: 30.2 mm (1.19″)
  • Tone ring: Brass
  • Rim: Maple
  • Tension hoop: Flat Bar
  • Scale: 665 mm (26.18″)
  • Hardware finish: Chrome
  • Bridge: Maple with ebony cap
  • Tailpiece: No-Knot
  • Machine heads: Enclosed
  • Drumhead: 11″ Remo LC Fiberskyn
  • Colour: Vintage Brown Matte
  • Includes a gig bag, instructional DVD and strap

11. Deering Goodtime Banjo Starter Package

Deering Goodtime Banjo Starter Package

Banjo Starter Set

  • 5-String open back banjo
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • 22 Frets
  • 3-Ply maple rim
  • 11″ Frosted top High crown headstock
  • Bridge: Maple/Ebony
  • 16 Lugs
  • Patented Deering Goodtime tailpiece
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Includes strap, DVD (Two Fingers Method), clip tuner, fingerpicks (1x thumb, 2x finger) and gigbag

12. Deering Vega Senator 5-String Banjo

Deering Vega Senator 5-String Banjo

5-String Open Back Banjo

  • Neck: Maple (brown stained)
  • Neck profile: Slim Vega
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros Crassiflora Hiern)
  • Nut: Ebony (Diospyros Crassiflora Hiern)
  • 22 Frets
  • Machine heads: Deering planetary
  • Rim: 3-Ply maple
  • Brass tone ring
  • 24 Flat hooks
  • Headstock: 11″ Medium Crown Renaissance
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Finish: Satin
  • Includes a case

13. Deering Artisan Goodtime Two

Deering Artisan Goodtime Two

5-String Banjo

  • Resonator
  • 11″ Violin grade maple rim
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Dark stained maple
  • Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays
  • Beautifully engraved machine head buttons
  • Ex-factory stringing: Deering Medium set, Article Nr: 358075
  • Colour: Dark Satin

14. Gold Tone Little GEM Banjo Uke Amethyst

Gold Tone Little GEM Banjo Uke Amethyst

Ukulele Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Rim: Acrylic
  • Transparent 8″ head
  • Scale: 381 mm
  • 18 Frets
  • Dots and star fretboard inlays
  • Black ABS neck binding
  • Nut width: 34 mm
  • Maple bridge with ebony rest
  • 12 Tuning lugs
  • Flat bar hoops
  • Enclosed machine heads
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Tuning: G-C-E-A
  • Colour: “See Thru” Amethyst
  • Incl. gig bag

15. Gold Tone CC-OTA Clahammer Banjo Set

Gold Tone CC-OTA Clahammer Banjo Set

Banjo Set

  • 5-String Banjo
  • Neck: Maple
  • 2-Way adjustable truss rod
  • Blackwood fretboard
  • 16 Frets
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots and Stars
  • Bone nut
  • Nut width: 30.2 mm
  • Scale: 598 mm
  • Maple rim
  • Rolled brass tone ring
  • Head: 11″ LC Fiberskyn
  • Flat Bar hoop
  • No-knot tailpiece
  • Black ABS binding
  • Maple bridge with ebony cap
  • 18 Tensions rods
  • Sealed guitar-style machine heads
  • Tuning: GD-G-B-D
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Vintage brown
  • Includes gig bag, strap and learning DVD

16. Gold Tone Irish Tenor Banjo 12″

Gold Tone Irish Tenor Banjo 12"

Irish 12″ Tenor Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Rim: Maple
  • Tone ring: Brass
  • Head: 12″ HC Renaissance
  • Hoops: Chrome notched
  • 26 Clamping screws
  • Armrest: Vega Style
  • Dots & Bots fretboard inlays
  • Black ABS binding
  • 2-Fold adjustable tension rod
  • Scale: 495 mm
  • Nut width: 31.7 mm
  • Bone nut
  • Maple bridge with ebony top layer
  • 17 Frets
  • Gold Tone Cast Tailpiece
  • Gold Tone Master Planets tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tuning: G-D-A-E
  • Colour: Natural
  • Includes gigbag

17. Deering Goodtime 6 Banjo 11″

Deering Goodtime 6 Banjo 11"

6-String Banjo

  • Standard guitar tuning
  • Open back
  • 3-Piece 11″ (28 cm) violin grade maple rim
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • 15″ Radius
  • Nut width: 42.85 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Block style hardwood inlays
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Adjustable coordinator rod
  • 2-Way truss rod
  • Colour: Natural

18. Gold Tone BG-150F Banjo

Gold Tone BG-150F Banjo

5-String Bluegrass Banjo

  • Head: 11″ Remo HC frosted
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Hearts & Flowers fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Nut width: 30.2 mm (1.37″)
  • Tone ring: Brass
  • Rim: Maple
  • Flange: Die-cast zinc
  • Tension hoop: Steel
  • Scale: 665 mm (26.18″)
  • Binding: ABS White
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bridge: Maple with ebony cap
  • Tailpiece: Straight Line
  • Planetary machine heads
  • Colour: Vintage brown satin
  • Case included

19. Deering Goodtime 2 LH

Deering Goodtime 2 LH

Left-Handed 5-String Banjo

  • 3-Ply maple rim
  • Maple resonator with black binding
  • Slim maple neck
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • 22 Frets
  • Adjustable tailpiece
  • Colour: Natural matte

20. Gold Tone GT-500 6 String Banjitar

Gold Tone GT-500 6 String Banjitar

6-String Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Radial fretboard: Blackwood
  • Rim: Maple
  • Head: 11″ HC, smooth
  • Resonator: 13″ Maple
  • Tone ring steel alloy
  • Snowflake fretboard inlays
  • Black ABS binding
  • 2-Fold adjustable tension rod
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42.9 mm
  • Nut: Bone
  • Bridge: Maple, with ebony top layer
  • Tailpiece: 6-String Straighline
  • 21 Frets
  • 24 Clamping screws
  • Clamping hoops: Brass, notched
  • Armrest: Chrome Gold Tone Gravour
  • Closed tuners
  • Tuning: E-A-D-G-B-E
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Pickup: SMP with volume control
  • Jack socket
  • Colour: Natural, high-gloss

21. Deering Goodtime Six-R w/ Kavanjo PU

Deering Goodtime Six-R w/ Kavanjo PU

6-String banjo pickup

Similar to the popular Goodtime Six Open Back Banjo but with some additional features, such as a Midnight Maple fretboard with a 381 mm (15″) radius and a maple resonator for a fuller, more clear and more vivid sound.

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Midnight Maple
  • Inlays: Wood classic block
  • Rim: 11″ / 3-Ply violin-grade maple
  • Tension hoop: Steel
  • Resonator: Blonde Maple
  • Scale: 666.8 mm (26.25″)
  • Nut width: 42.9 mm (1.69″)
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickup: Magnetic Kavanjo humbucker
  • Goodtime Six tailpiece
  • Enclosed machine heads
  • Original strings: Elixir XL .010, .014, .023, .030, .039, .047
  • Colour: natural
  • Made in the United States

22. Deering Goodtime Americana

Deering Goodtime Americana

5-String Banjo

  • 12″ Maple rim
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • 16 Tension rods
  • 22 Frets
  • Colour: Natural, matte

23. Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo Maple

Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo Maple

5-String Banjo

  • Body: American maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • 3-Ply maple rim
  • “Deering -06-” 20-hole bronze tone ring
  • Slim Deering neck shape
  • Mother of pearl and maple inserts
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Case included

24. Recording King RK-R35-BR

Recording King RK-R35-BR

5-String banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Padauk
  • Seagull fretboard inlay
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 670 mm
  • Mastertone style bell brass cast tone ring
  • Mastertone style one-piece banjo flange
  • Maple resonator
  • 3-Ply maple rim
  • 24 Hook brass tension hoop
  • Remo frosted head, 11″ high crown
  • Nickel plated hardware
  • Presto-style tailpiece
  • Maple / ebony 5/8″ bridge
  • Colour: Hand rubbed brown satin

25. Deering Goodtime Two Banjo

Deering Goodtime Two Banjo

5-String Banjo

  • Goodtime 2 banjos feature a resonator for a brighter and louder sound
  • Easy to play with clear note separation and a round, full sound
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Hardwood Bow Tie
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 666.8 mm (26.25″)
  • Nut width: 31.8 mm (1.25″)
  • Rim: 11″ Blonde 3-ply violin-grade maple rim
  • Tension hoop: Steel
  • Resonator: Blonde maple with black binding
  • Bridge: Goodtime 5/8″ maple/ebony
  • Tailpiece: Deering Goodtime
  • Enclosed machine heads
  • Strings: Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings (Article Nr 378078)
  • Drumhead: 11″ Frosted Top High Crown/Collar (Article Nr 378079)
  • Colour: Satin Natural
  • Made in the USA

26. Deering Goodtime Banjo Concert Ukulele

Deering Goodtime Banjo Concert Ukulele

4-String Concert Banjo Ukulele

  • Open back
  • Nicknamed the “Banjolele”
  • Good playability thanks to nylon strings
  • The ideal travel partner thanks to its small size and low weight
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Hardwood Bow Tie
  • Scale: 372 mm (14.65″)
  • 17 Frets
  • Rim: 11″ Blonde 3-ply violin-grade maple
  • Head: 11″ Frosted Top High Crown
  • Steel tension hoop
  • Bridge: 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime
  • Goodtime tailpiece
  • Chrome hardware
  • Original strings: Aquila Concert High-G Super Nylgut (Article Nr 334191)
  • Colour: Blonde Maple
  • Made in the USA

27. Gold Tone AC Traveler 5 string Banjo

Gold Tone AC Traveler 5 string Banjo

5-String Banjo

  • Maple neck
  • Blackwood fretboard
  • 11″ Composite rim
  • Head: Coated with Remo LC
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot & Star
  • Binding ABS Black
  • 2-Way adjustable tension rod
  • Scale: 596.9 mm
  • Nut width: 31.75 mm
  • Zero Glide maple bridge with ebony cap
  • 22 Frets
  • 16 Tension rods
  • Flat Bar hoops
  • Geared machine heads
  • Tuning: C-G-C-E-G
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Gig bag included

28. Deering Phoenix A/E 6-string Banjo

Deering Phoenix A/E 6-string Banjo

6-String Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck colour/finish: Stained Golden Honey
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros Crassiflora Hiern)
  • 22 Frets
  • Guitar machine heads
  • Rim: 3-Ply violin grade-maple
  • Deering patent-pending 22 tone ring
  • True Tone Deering tailpiece
  • Deering brass notched tension hoop
  • 24 Nickel-plated flat hooks with a 9/32″ hex nuts
  • 24 Nickel-plated bracket shoes
  • Gold polymer-coated armrest
  • Tension hoop
  • Tailpiece
  • 2-Piece flange
  • Controls: Tone- and pickup blender
  • Bridge: Maple/Ebony
  • Kavanjo Renaissance Banjo Head piezo pickup under the bridge plate
  • Humbucker pickup
  • Maple resonator
  • Resonator colour/finish: Stained Honey
  • Includes a Deering case

29. Deering Goodtime A/E Banjo

Deering Goodtime A/E Banjo

5-String and open-back banjo with pickup

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Inlays: Hardwood Bow Tie
  • 22 Frets
  • Nut width: 31.8 mm (1.25″)
  • Scale: 666.8 mm (26.25″)
  • 11″ Blonde 3-ply violin-grade maple rim
  • Steel hoop
  • Pickup system: Kavanjo humbucker
  • Bridge: Deering Goodtime Smile maple/ebony
  • Tailpiece: Deering Goodtime
  • Enclosed machine heads
  • Original strings: Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings (Article Nr 378078)
  • Drumhead: 11″ Frosted Top High Crown/Collar (Article Nr 378079)
  • Colour: Blonde Maple
  • Made in the USA

30. Recording King RK-OT25-BR

Recording King RK-OT25-BR

5-String Open Back Banjo

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Padauk
  • 17 Frets
  • 2-Ply steam-bent maple
  • 24 Brackets
  • Drumhead: REMO Fiberskyn (high crown)
  • Nickel hardware
  • Presto tailpiece
  • Bridge: Maple / Ebony
  • Colour: Satin brown

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