Anyone play (or played) Deering's Terry Baucom model banjo? If so, is the "slightly wider string spacing" noticeable? Do you like or dislike it?
I owned a Sierra once, but that was the only Deering I've ever had.
Any comments on playability or quality?
I have one of those. I have rotated playing it with several of my banjos, trying to practice about a week on each before moving to the next. I can't really say I have noticed much of a difference in string spacing. I really like the Baucom. It is really solidly built, as are all Deerings.
I wish I would have bought one instead of the Huber I have. I ended up having a new neck made for it that is 1 5/16th. the Huber was too narrow 1 3/16th. It also allows me to have a 1 7/8 bridge. My playing improved overnight. Just CROWE spacing is not enough. I would go with the Baucom and a wider bridge.
Thank you for your replies, gentlemen.
I've had one for about 6 years and I love it. It has a really nice tone to it and the neck is very comfortable. The little bit of extra width and also heft to the neck makes the neck very comfortable to play. I actually had a Companion custom banjo made for me with a wooden tone ring that was designed with the neck shaped like the Deering Baucom banjo because that neck was so comfortable to me.
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