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Deering The Golden Era

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  • The Golden Era

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Herb Pedersen demonstrates his Deering Golden Era banjo

  • £3,499.00
  • RRP £4,099.00
  • Save £600.00

The superb Deering banjo, designed and built to resemble the most sought after 5-string banjo of the pre-war era. With the Deering -06- 20 hole bronze tone ring. Play this banjo and you will be hooked! It has amazing presence, tone and volume along with a traditional neck shape for sustain, power and tone.
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Buy your Deering The Golden Era from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

Your Deering 'Golden Era' 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
  • Guarantee card  

The Deering Golden Era banjo is a unique model of the Deering line. It is designed to reproduce the most sought-after five-string banjos of the pre-war era. The unique features of the Golden Era are the thicker neck shape, which creates more sustain and the deeper resonator which provides that warm gutsy tone. the build quality of this banjo is second to none.

• Curly Maple
• Cremona Sunburst Stain
• Traditional Fuller Neck Shape
• Ebony Fingerboard
• Hearts & Flowers Mother of Pearl Inlays
• Trimmed with White/Black/White Binding
• Bone Nut
• 22 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
• Traditional 5th-String Nut
• White Binding with Black/White Trim
• Deering Planetary Tuners
• Deering Geared 5th String Tuner

• Polished Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring
• Golden Era Violin Grade 3-ply Maple Rim
• Nickel Plated Traditional Style Zinc Flange
• 11" Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
• Deering True Tone Tailpiece
• Nickel Plated Hardware

• Deeper Resonator Sound Chamber
• The Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered on the Inside for Projection of Tone
• Curly Maple with Cremona Sunburst Stained Resonator
• White Binding with Black/White Trim
• High Gloss Finish

The Golden Era has a larger air chamber like the Tenbrooks banjos which gives the banjos a more resonant hollow sound with deep bass response for a traditional prewar bluegrass sound. Clear, bright highs and resonant deep bass notes.

*NeckWidth at the Nut 1 13/64”
• Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4”
• Resonator diameter 13 7/8”
• Overall Instrument Length 38”
• Weight Approx. 11 lbs

The pot assembly ... Another unique and very important feature of this banjo is a special Deering -06- 20 hole tone ring fitted perfectly onto a 3-ply rock maple rim to traditional dimensions. The Deering -06- 20 hole bronze tone ring sound is much sought after on pre-war banjos. You will recognise the classic design of the nickel plated zinc flange. The Presto style tailpiece and all features of the pot assembly are fitted with careful attention to original dimensions to recreate the sound and performance traditionalists desire.

The curly maple resonator is deeper than standard models and has tapered walls for fast transmission of sound and re-production of a crisp bluegrass tone. The resonator has a high gloss sunburst finish.

The Maple rim is turned to traditional dimensions and mounted with a zinc flange, twenty-hole virgin bell bronze tone-ring and presto style tailpiece with careful attention to original dimensions to recreate the sound and performance traditionalists desire.

The neck assembly ... The neck is built from Eastern hard rock and shaped in a classic profile, it is fitted with a dense black ebony fingerboard inlaid with mother-of-pearl inlays in the traditional "Hearts and Flowers" pattern. The neck and the resonator are stained with a Cremona sunburst stain. The peghead is shaped in a traditional banjo pre-war style and fitted with the highest quality Deering planetary geared tuners.

All in all this is THE classic bluegrass banjo and a credit to the Deering banjo company..

You can hear the sound of the Golden Era banjo on many albums by fine musicians such as John Hickman and Byron Berline's "Double Trouble" album, Josh Williams' "Old Town of Home" album, and on Herb Pedersen's Desert Rose Band album, "Life Goes On".

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! 


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

  Royal Mail announce changes to Special Delivery and Customer Service Points.
In light of the recent advice given by the government regarding COVID-19, please be aware of the following announcement from Royal Mail advising of changes to their services.

Special Deliveries.

Due to increased absence levels, we’ve reviewed our timed guarantees for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am and 1pm services and will make the following changes.

For items posted from Tuesday 31 March 2020 onwards, our guarantee delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9.00am the next working day will change to by 12.00pm the next working day*. Our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1.00pm will change to by 9.00pm the next working day*.

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.


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