Deering The John Hartford

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  • RRP £3,909.00
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The Deering John Hartford curly maple banjo with Grenadillo tone-ring, complete with Deering deluxe hard-shell case. This unique banjo designed by Greg Deering for John Hartford, offers you the great pre-war tone and quality without the weight of a bronze tone-ring.
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Buy your Deering The John Hartford from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

The unique Grenadillo tone ring is built from the same kind of wood that percussion marimbas are made from, it is up to 4lb lighter than a normal bronze tone-ring banjo!  The Grenadillo tone-ring is more expensive to produce than a bell bronze tone ring and will ‘tone in’ and mature in the same way as a vintage violin gaining tone and volume the more it is played.

Greg's years of experience with various woods combined with John's research into the design of vintage banjos culminated in the idea of using a Granadillo tone-ring. It has the look of a vintage instrument, not glossy ...but hand rubbed to create a smooth, fast feel.

The Pot Assembly… The rim is built from three ply rock maple, the Grenadillo  tone-ring is precisely mounted onto the turned rim.. A one piece, nickel plated zinc cast flange is fitted with 24 bracket hooks to give firm and even tension on the tension hoop. A nickel plated armrest fitted is fitted as standard. The Deering adjustable tailpiece is now standard on all Deering banjos. All metal work is heavily nickel plated to a very high standard.

A milky 11” Deering plastic head is fitted (top side coated) along with a Deering ebony tipped 15.87mm (5/8”) maple bridge. Four nickel-plated resonator thumbscrews are provided to attach the resonator. The resonator has tapered internal walls to give clear transmission of sound, it is constructed from curly maple with an attractive ‘tiger tail’ figure and stained in dark walnut. It has a convex back and is finished in a hand-rubbed vintage satin, it is fully bound in matching ivory colour binding.

The Neck Assembly… The neck is attached to the pot assembly with double lag bolts and two coordinating rim rods which give you the facility to alter the ‘action’ of banjo to suit your particular style of playing relative to the strings of your choice. The slender profile ‘fast action’ neck is constructed from solid curly maple and is fitted with a two- way internal adjustable steel truss rod, this gives precise, fine adjustment for perfect neck relief.

The solid ebony 22 fret fingerboard is fully bound to match the resonator and is inlaid with intricate ‘steamboat gothic’ pattern inlays to reflect Johns enthusiasm for steamboats. Mother of pearl single dot inlays are also positioned at the 3rd, 5th, 12th, 15th,17th, & 19th frets. The precision geared 5th string tuner is located as normal adjacent the 5th fret. The nickel silver fretwork is perfectly positioned and glued in position to give ease of maintenance should re-fretting ever become necessary, they are rounded and polished for a smooth playing action.  The nut is precisely cut and set for a comfortable string action at the first position.

The classic 1920’s peg head (headstock) shape is masterfully inlaid with mother of  pearl to compliment the steamboat gothic fingerboard inlays. A white edged black plastic ‘bell’ shape truss rod cover is fitted. A set of high quality ‘Deering’ planetary-geared tuners are fitted to give positive and trouble free tuning. The tuners are nickel plated to match the hardware of the pot assembly. The dark walnut stained maple neck has a hand rubbed vintage satin finished to match the resonator.

Each banjo we supply is individually set up in our on-site Banjo Specialist Workshop here at Eagle Music. Any Banjo purchased from Eagle will be fully SET UP, checked for intonation and playability and tuned ready for playing straight out of the box! 


Your Deering 'John Hartford' Banjo will also be supplied with the following ...

  • Master Dealer Custom Shop Setup (You discuss with us)
  • FREE Banjo service after Your first two months (Please note: This offer only applies to Deering Banjos that are brought back to our onsite workshop …or returned for service with carriage paid by sender)
  • Deering Deluxe hardshell case
  • Banjo maintenance manual
  • Lifetime Guarantee card


Category 5 String Banjo
Playing Level Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Bluegrass gDGBD
Banjo Pot Size 11 inch Pot
Body Type Resonator
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag Deluxe Hard Case
Manufacturers Warranty Lifetime
Delivery & Returns


We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using DPD Local Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop). On the day of delivery you will receive a text message with your hours delivery time slot

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

NB : Orders processed on a Saturday but will not leave us until the Monday as Royal Mail and DPD Local do not collect from us at the Weekend.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.


Deering John Hartford 5 String Banjo played by Jens Kruger

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