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  Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star 5-String Banjo with Kruger Tone Ring

Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star 5-String Banjo with Kruger Tone Ring
Deering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star 5-String Banjo with Kruger Tone Ring

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List Price: $8,929.00
Our Price: $7,189.00
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Availability:: Usually Ships in 6 to 8 Weeks
Product Code: 4690

Free 5th-String Capo Spikes? (See Description)



A Tenbrooks-series banjo. Hold your horses! This new line of banjos from Deering would stop even Seabiscuit in his tracks! The Tenbrooks series offers a fine, clean, bright sound. Features a maple neck and resonator. Made in USA. Hardshell case included. This is a special-order banjo.

Named for the famed Kentucky Derby winning steed, this instrument is destined to out-distance itself from other great banjos. It may be the most memorable banjo you'll ever own.

Banjo virtuoso Jens Kruger wanted a special tone ring that would enhance the extreme low frequencies that support and complement the banjo's unique construction. Working with the 600-year-old Ruetschi Bell Foundry in Switzerland, Jens and metalurgists developed a tone ring with the evenly-crystalized molecular structure that makes an exceptional sound. Casting this bronze tone ring requires mastery of the maching process and extreme precision. To prevent any loss of the far-reaching tonal spectrum, the tone ring is not plated with gold, silver or nickel. Instead, it's finished to a shimmering, lustrous high polish, and then treated with linseed oil.

Crisp Maple with a brilliant full bodied tone, deep bass, brilliant highs, The Saratoga Star is one of the most elegantly beautiful modern banjos to enter the musical arena of classic instruments. Greg Deering personally designed the inlays with an Art Nouveau style in mind. Reminiscent of the Victorian Era, this high grade maple banjo stands out as a top of the line professional instrument, at home on the concert stages throughout the world.

It is played by world renowned banjoists like Bela Fleck, 2007 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year - Tony Trischka, Joe Bonsal of the Oak Ridge Boys, and Ned Luberecki.

Want 5th-string railroad spike capos? We offer this as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. Choose Yes or No when you add this banjo to your shopping cart.

What's a 5th-string railroad spike capo? Click here to see a photo. When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you'll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you're playing, you don't really notice the spikes because they're out of the way, but they're always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you're done, slide it out.

Note: Our banjos are individually inspected and set up by our staff in Georgia, and delivered ready-to-play. We are banjo players, so we set them up the way we want to play them! Each banjo is in tune when we carefully pack it for shipment. Climate conditions and travel will affect the tuning, so it may need to be fine-tuned before playing.

Also available as a Left Handed Model Click Here

  • Neck:
  • Curly Maple Neck stained a Rich Dark Red Mahogany
  • 22 Glued in Nickel Silver Frets
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Bone Nut
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Spikes are installed at 7 & 9th frets
  • Deering Planetary Tuners
  • Deering Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Pot:
  • Deering Kruger Bronze Tone Ring
  • Tenbrooks style 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
  • 11 Frosted Top, Medium Crown Head
  • 24 Round Hooks with Hex Nuts
  • Nickel plated Zinc Flange
  • Deering True Tone Tailpiece
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • 11/16 Signature Maple Ebony Bridge
  • Resonator:
  • Deep resonator made of Curly Maple
  • Resonator Sides are Specially Tapered on the Inside for Projection of Tone
  • Stained a Deep Red Brown
  • Highly Polished Finish
  • Tone:
  • The Saratoga Star resounds with a brilliant full bodied tone with deep bass and brilliant highs. It has a pleasing clarity and balance on every string up and down the entire fingerboard. The full Tenbrooks banjo design, materials and dimensions create this maple banjo that brings out all the best tone from the wood and precisely created metal parts so that this instrument rings true with a sweet clarity and uninhibited musicality.
  • Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
  • Dimensions:
  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4
  • Resonator diameter 13 7/8
  • Overall Instrument Length 38
  • Weight Approx. 11 lbs
  • Lifetime Warranty:
  • The trust and pride Deering shares in their product gives them the confidence to grant every owner of a Deering banjo a Lifetime Warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.

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