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Goodbye Alvarez... Hello Deering!

Posted by BoneDigger on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Well, after asll of this work on the Alvarez making it into a really good playing banjo, I have now sold it to a nice gentleman from the BHO.  He is really getting a good banjo for the price and I hope he gives it a good home.

The new banjo in my life is a Deering Sierra that I picked up from Guitar Center in Austin for a steal at $900!!!  And, it's brand new and came with a GREAT hardshell case.  I have been playing the Deering some over the last few days and I must say that it is indeed a quality instrument.  It isn't overstated and doesn't have intricate engraving or inlays, but man does it ever sing! 

Now I'm trying to decide if I want to put the Fults tailpiece on it that I bought sometime back or just leave it as is?  The banjo does sound good now, and I hate to mess with the sound by adding stuff I don't need.  But, I already have the tailpiece so maybe I should give it a try.

One more thing...  A while back I ordered an engraved tension hoop and armrest from FQM and forgot all about it.  Well, today I received a call saying it was ready!  So, I guess I'll put these items on the new banjo!


3 comments on “Goodbye Alvarez... Hello Deering!”

Wills Creek Says:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 @8:36:23 PM

You can't go wrong with a Fults. It adds to the sound.

joemac Says:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 @10:34:07 PM

Fults is the way to go.........

stanger Says:
Friday, April 16, 2010 @4:37:47 PM

As long as you have the tailpiece, go for it! I tend to play a new banjo for quite a while before I change anything, and if I do make a change, I swap the parts back and forth several times before I make a final decision. I've found that DIFFERENT tone is not always BETTER tone, so sometimes a change sticks, sometimes not.

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