Deering 4-String Tenor, 4-String Plectrum & Six String Guitar Models
Deering are one of the only American companies that are still making 4-string banjos, and certainly the only American maker of reasonably priced 4-string banjos.
All models are available as tenor or plectrum banjos and may be ex stock or can be built to order in the Deering custom shop. Other special models that can be ordered are 6-string, long neck, left-handed, or open back.
Here at Eagle Music we have at most times a healthy stock of most models 4-string, 5-string and six- string Deering banjos. To check up on specifications you can read the details of any specific 5-string model and then custom order a similar banjo in the style you wish. For example, to find the details about the construction of say the Maple Blossom 4-string banjo read the Maple Blossom 5-string information and then refer to the chart of banjo dimensions on the back of the Deering catalogue. This will give you specifics about the 4-string Maple Blossom banjos. Please just call us if you would like us to send you a Deering full colour banjo catalogue.
The models that we normally stock in the 4-string style are the Boston, Sierra and Deluxe banjos. These banjos can be purchased in our shop or ordered through our website or by telephone +44 (0)1484 661460. See the description on the 5-string pages for details on these models. Aside from the obvious difference in the style of the neck, the only other change we make for the four string banjos is instead of a frosted top head, you get a smooth head, so that when you strum chords and brush the head you don't get any noise from passing over a rough surface.
We also individually set-up each banjo to suit your style and tuning …if you require G, D, A, E Irish drop tuning we provide this service at no extra cost. Our company owner Steve Noon is a well respected banjo player, please feel free to call Steve at nay time for his personnel help or advice.
Tenor banjos are great for mandolin or violin players because they are tuned a fifth lower and can be chorded with the same fingering as a violin or mandolin. The jazz tenor banjo is normally tuned C, G, D, A This feature contributed to the popularity of the tenor banjo during the Dixieland jazz era of the early 1900's. It was a new sound immediately available to the many violinists and mandolinists of the day, and its popularity is still alive today. It is often used in Irish music and tunes G, D, A, E . If you play violin or mandolin already and want another new sound, try a tenor banjo.
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