New Instruments: Deering, Ome & Other Banjos

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Deering Goodtime Solana Six

Deering's budget 6-string banjo is something of an anomaly among the guitar-banjos currently produced in that it's designed around gut strings, rather than steel. The tone is warm and old-timey, with an archtop attack and midrange, and banjo sustain. It's tremendously appealing to listen to, and a ton of fun to play.

The Solana features a 12" tone rim (no tone ring), 3 ply hard maple construction and a single co-ordinator rod. 16 brackets, custom rosewood tailpiece, and built-in contact pickup. The neck is large, and something to get used to. With a nut width of 2-1/16" a flat fingerboard, a scale of 26-1/8", and a substantially thick and round carve, the neck on the Solana would feel large to a classical guitarist. It's not for everyone, granted, but if you can get around on it you'll be rewarded with a really interesting sounding new trick in the bag.

The Solana comes with a Deering -- embroidered padded gigbag.

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