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Jan 18, 2021 - 6:33:08 PM
808 posts since 2/15/2006

Doing a guitar trade for a Vega Deering senator 6 string. In hopes of trading that for a 5 string resonator Banjo. Is there interest in the 6 stringers anymore or not? I couldn't find any for sale here. and Deering discontinued them.

Jan 18, 2021 - 8:36:30 PM

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If the guitar is of comparable value, you'll have a much better chance trading that for the banjo you really want. Six string banjos are not in much demand here. Guitar players sometimes put them in their arsenal if they want to get a banjo sound. You might see some around some recording studios, but not a large market. Why a two step trade? Why not just sell the guitar and buy a banjo?

Jan 18, 2021 - 8:51:28 PM

808 posts since 2/15/2006

He wants a electric guitar and I had one i dont use. Its a cheaper telecaster. Worth 6-700 bucks. Nice though. Banjo is mint as well.

Jan 18, 2021 - 11:21:31 PM

11072 posts since 10/27/2006

>Deering discontinued them<

The Senator, yes but there are four current Deering models including two Goodtimes on the web site. Many dealers have them in stock.

https://www.deeringbanjos.com/collections/6-string-banjos-the-guitar-players-banjo 

 

When Taylor Swift played a Deering 6 string (Boston?) at the Grammys, they became quite popular. Even Recording King had a nice Madison*. That fad didn't last very long and the 6-string went back to being a novelty but enough sell to keep them around.

 

*Talk about your timing. RK had that in production and in the warehouse before Ms Swift played one on TV. The run sold out pretty quickly considering what it was. 

Edited by - mikehalloran on 01/18/2021 23:23:01

Jan 19, 2021 - 5:02:34 AM

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If the Vega is in good condition, it is probably worth 600 if you find the right buyer. It would probably sell here fairly quickly for that much or on e-Bay. But it might take longer to sell than a telecaster. There is a used Deering Deluxe at my GC for about $2K listed, but a pre 06 tone ring model. I actually think the open back and tone ring less approach would sound better and be more fun to play (weight), although it wouldn't be as loud if someone was thinking band/jam scenario. As noted above, Deering still has six string models, but discontinued this one. My guess is volume and the cost of having too many SKUs and having to set up production for yet another type of neck etc. Another consideration is whether it has a good case. Six strings do not fit in good 5 string hard shell cases. So its gig bag or a more custom case.

Anyway, you're a good guy to consider the deal to help someone else get the guitar they want.  Hope you get a  five string soon and stay on here as a member.

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 01/19/2021 05:04:19

Jan 19, 2021 - 8:07:38 AM

808 posts since 2/15/2006

I just called Deering. The lady that I talked with said although this was discontinued last year it listed for $2900 !! Wow. I found one or 2 on Google search for $1600. Not sure if I can get that now but its nice to know. Also very well built. One site I went to said this model is hard to find used. Maybe I got a deal.

Jan 19, 2021 - 8:50:36 AM
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You might consider hanging on to the Deering 6-string.
You can tune it to an open G, a number of ways, if you were so inclined.
There are a few of us that do this:
You can use an 8 ga. string on the 6th string for a high G, for example. Strings 1-5 could be
G D G B D, or even D G B D G, going from 5-1. Either way works very well.
You might lose your shirt in a trade for a 5-string, maybe, maybe not. Be a shame, because that Deering is already a great banjo.

Jan 19, 2021 - 10:00:51 AM
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Originally posted by jimmyprince

I just called Deering. The lady that I talked with said although this was discontinued last year it listed for $2900 !! Wow. I found one or 2 on Google search for $1600. Not sure if I can get that now but its nice to know. Also very well built. One site I went to said this model is hard to find used. Maybe I got a deal.


With all respect due Deering, their list prices don't tell you much about reality or the used market.  Used Deerings can be a great value.  Deering quality is excellent, and if someone hasn't tinkered or altered the banjo, you'll always get a good one.  In its defense, however, the volume of used Deerings proves that it must sell a lot of new ones.  Looks like you did the deal though, and it probably is a no brainer as your downside should not be lower than the valuation you put on the Tele.  Plus, you can have a lot of fun with it.

Jan 20, 2021 - 5:54:54 PM

5376 posts since 8/31/2006

I’d prob go 600 if interested

Edited by - the-fish on 01/20/2021 17:55:16

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