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May 19, 2019 - 7:33 PM
105 posts since 11/21/2015

Hello pickers, I have a chance to purchase a deering 2003 deluxe 5 string banjo... sorry but I do not have any pics yet because some people are not computer friendly. all I know is it is a deluxe model and when bought was around 3800.00 will get pics soon..i assume the price has gone down... can anyone shed some light on the models they had back then and what to look for... the model is a deering deluxe s.n. # 08205097.6077


Edited by - Gary r voigt on 05/19/2019 19:33:54

May 19, 2019 - 8:04:59 PM
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The Deluxe was the second level up in the pro level instruments. Mahogany. It is an upgrade from the Sierra in that it has a gloss finish, ebony board, and nicer inlays (snowflakes rather than dots), including name inlaid on the peghead (I believe the Sierra logo at that time was a gold screen print). Later on Deering hugely upgraded the inlays on all of these banjos in a couple of phases. This is before Deering rolled out its 2006 tone ring, which it touted as an innovation and improvement (that is a matter of opinion). They are good banjos. Deerings have a sound that is different than a traditional Gibson sound. Not better or worse, just different. You'll notice the resonator on that model is more shallow than on most Gibsons or Gibson clones.

Quality and consistency with Deering is impeccable. You may like or dislike certain designs or specs, but their craftsmanship is excellent and they really stand behind their products.

The MSRP is irrelevant in the aftermarket. In good condition with a case, I would peg at $1200-1300.

May 19, 2019 - 8:26:02 PM

105 posts since 11/21/2015

thank you so much, I did own a deering a few years ago and I paid 2300.00 I think for the deluxe, I then sold it because I bought an rb 250 they had it appraised at 1200.00 to 1600.00 so you are right on... I can get it for 750.00 it has been played a lot but still in good condition... I guess I will not get hurt if I decide to sell it in a few years and get a better mastertone... I wown 2 rb-250's a 1974 and a 1991 I think...


May 19, 2019 - 9:10:28 PM



2113 posts since 2/20/2016

Deering lists the Deluxe as a discontinued model.

There are two for sale in classifieds, one for $1175 and the other for $1300.
There is also one at a Nashville store for $1650. It has been in stock for a long time, so their price might be higher than what the market will bear.
All of the above banjos are in pretty nice condition.

I don't know what they cost on the street when they were new, but $3800 sounds very high for a banjo without fancy trim.

May 19, 2019 - 9:33:46 PM

105 posts since 11/21/2015

Ok thanks, as I mentioned in my earlier post I can get this for about 750.00. It has some fancy scroll work on the armrest and rim or flange...


May 19, 2019 - 11:23:24 PM



110 posts since 8/8/2012

The serial number identifies this instrument as a 1997 model.
08 = August
2050 = number of this model made to date
97 = 1997

May 20, 2019 - 6:35:38 AM

300 posts since 12/14/2008

I will say the older deerings I never liked that much. They changed around everything in somewhere around 2010 and the ones I’ve played from that era are way better

May 20, 2019 - 2:49:33 PM

2262 posts since 4/16/2003

750 for a Deering Deluxe that's in good condition is A GOOD BUY.
Actually, a very good buy!

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