|Wooden tone ring banjos are the talk of the banjo world right now proving a banjo doesn't have to be heavy to produce great sounds. This one weighs in at approx 2.5kgs lighter than standard cast tone ring and that's partly because of the 5-ply TKL case!
Deering were one of the first manufacturers to market a bluegrass-style banjo of this type with a celebrity picker's endorsement. John Hartford wrote a string of best-selling songs during his lifetime such as 'Gentle On My Mind' and was the narrator and musical demonstrator in the award-winning TV series, "Music From the Civil War". His trade marks on stage were a bowler hat, a gambler's style waistcoat, a cheeky grin and the ability to shuffle-dance while picking. He was also a confident fiddle player. Fingerstyle recommends his instructional video, The Banjo According to John Hartford. His 'bloke-next-door', friendly manner on stage was possibly learned from his early days as a river-boat performer. One of his famous sayings was:
"A banjo will get you through times of no money, but money won't get you through times of no banjo"
And so say all of us!
The Deering John Hartford has Curly Maple neck and highly figured maple resonator. 24 carat gold hardware. White-bound Ebony fingerboard. "Steamboat Gothic" inlay pattern in mother-of-pearl & John Hartford's name inlaid at 21st fret. Grenadillo tone-wood tone ring delivers plenty of
volume and is capable of a variety of voices depending on tightness of head. 5-star gold tuners, spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets. Kerschner tailpiece, Snuffy Smith bridge. Excellent condition in top-of-the range domed plush-lined TKL hard case. To buy one of these banjos new from US (including gold plating, freight and tax) would set you back about $9,255.00 AUD.
Listen to soundbytes of this banjo:
Merrywang composed by Tony Ellis.
Shady Grove tab by Lee Marcus
For more info phone 07 5476 1955. On consignment $3,600
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