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Getting ready for some upgrades on my Deering Custom Calico.

Posted by DIV on Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I've always wanted to upgrade the peghead overlay on my Calico.  I'm also considering upgrading to the new violin-maple rim, having the neck and reso refinished with a satin finish and doing a stainless steel refret.  They'll be some cool upgrades to my already dream banjo....stay tuned!


5 comments on “Getting ready for some upgrades on my Deering Custom Calico.”

banjocatman Says:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @5:37:37 PM

Rather than redo an already beautiful banjo, why not have another one made to your desired specs? One can't have too many banjos!

DIV Says:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @8:38:38 PM

I thought about that...believe me, long and hard, but my Deering is Brazilian rosewood, my holy grail tone wood and they won't be making any more banjos from this rare species of wood. So I'm going to work with with what I've got and have a couple of changes or "tweaks" done to fit the bill...

And I've trying very hard to keep up with my 2 banjo limit...a main ax and a nice spare.

banjocatman Says:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @6:51:00 PM

Why the two banjo limit? :)

I'm trying to stop getting more, but the Huber is truly in a whole new class. It has a tone I never thought possible. I certainly wasn't expecting the Truetone to be so beautiful. Too hard to'd just have to play one to see what I mean. I've played lots of Mastertone clones, and was never impressed. I was curious about the Truetone, so I bought a used one, figuring I could get my money back out if needed. I would never part with this banjo now. I'd still like to try your Calico, as the Brazilian Rosewood intrigues me. The wood rim in the Calico is maple, correct? maybe after tax season we could figure a time to check out that Calico of yours.

DIV Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 @5:58:28 PM

Hi Mike!
Let's definitely get together after tax season...definitely. I want to try your Trutone. I almost considered sending my RRB4 to Steve to swap out the rim and tone ring, but then I ended up traded that banjo away. By the time we meet up, I'll have my Calico back and you can try it out with the new rim and the new satin finish. The Swiss tone ring is tough to beat.

banjocatman Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 @6:44:55 PM

Sounds like a plan!

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