A custom Deering Sierra 5-string banjo that features a linseed oil finish and honey abmer stain instead of the standard dark brown stain and satin polyeurethene finish. The linseed oil protects the wood from moisture, but gives the neck a very natural "woody" feel and really shows off the natural beauty of the maple wood used.
The linseed oil finish gives the player much faster playability on the neck in humid environments, as gloss finishes tend to feel "sticky" in humid environments. The linseed oil finish also goes on very thin and allows the neck to "breathe" more, thus the tone of the banjo seems to be more open and full.
Deering's most popular professional grade banjo for over 30 years. Traditionally the Sierra has been made with a mahogany neck and resonator, but this model is made with a maple neck and resonator. The maple neck gives the banjo a brighter, punchier sound that will cut right through the mix at a jam or onstage. The brightness of maple gives you more of a traditional bluegrass banjo tone (Earl Scruggs played a maple banjo).
Greg Deering understands the necessity of a professional-grade banjo, but also the affordability required for most players. Thus, the Sierra was created as the flagship banjo in Deering's line. With it, comes the essential features to create a desired sound and playability, but at a price point accessible to all.This Custom Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo features 5th string spikes at the 7th, 9th, and 10th frets, as well as a Deering Hardshell Case and a lifetime guarantee for your assurance.