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Deering  Sierra Openback Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Burghauser (see all reviews from this person) on 12/15/2012

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Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 1,895.00 ($US)


This marvelous banjo has quite a range—it can go from bell-like and angelic to snarling. It’s so responsive that it comes very close to playing itself. No problem, all the way up the neck. It differs from Asian imports in roughly a thousand ways that announce themselves the moment you pick it up. Those folks at Deering must be sorcerers.

Sound Rating: 10


Custom heel-cut to accommodate a high bridge, tight head, standard light/medium strings.

Setup Rating: 10


The appearance is restrained and tasteful. All craftsmanship was, of course, absolutely flawless.

Appearance Rating: 10


It's built like a tank.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The folks both at Deering and were extremely helpful.

Customer Service: 10


Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjo is a gem.

Overall Rating: 10

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