Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo

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Solid American craftsmanship with great tone!

A great jamming banjo that records well, uniquely Deering, The Boston Banjo breaks with tradition and provides a professional quality sound at a lower price point by creating the drum from 3/16" 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. Includes case.

"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 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

  • Neck:
  • Mahogany
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Slender Deering Neck Shape ยข 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" Top Frosted High Crown 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
  • Includes case

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5-Boston 5-String Banjo Specifications:

  • 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
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Deering5-Boston 5-String Banjo

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from PHX, AZ

Comments about Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo:

GREAT BANJO! Beginner and professional alike will appreciate this instrument. This is a truly great banjo, nice feel, excellent tone; harmonics are dead on when the bridge is properly adjusted. Its a beautiful banjo too no frills or excesses here - just what you need. Great value for the money, you cannot find a USA made banjo of this quality and for this price anywhere. Gibson does not even produce a banjo below $2,000.00 these days. The Deering Boston banjo comes with a traditional archtop case too. Thanks Deering!!

(33 of 92 customers found this review helpful)


excellent banjo


from East Tennessee

Comments about Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo:

The deering boston--very easy to handle and the sound is stunning. I recently purchased mine and my expectations have been exceeded. I give it 5 starts. I think it is a great value. Very high quality.

(27 of 94 customers found this review helpful)


great sound


from seekonk ma

Comments about Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo:

I have owned my Boston for over two year. The sound I get out of this banjo is like no other.

(31 of 57 customers found this review helpful)


Not too Shabby


from Union, Mo USA

Comments about Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo:

I have owned a Boston for about 2 years now and I am still satisfied. It is a great starter banjo.

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