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May 5, 2021 - 5:06:14 PM
3 posts since 5/5/2021

Hi, did Deering ever make the Sierra without any nameplate on the fretboard nor their fancy fret inlays? I see a 1997 Sierra for sale with dots on the fretboard and no "Sierra" on it. ??
Looking to buy a decent banjo and I don't know much about better makes/models.


May 5, 2021 - 5:17:47 PM

11413 posts since 10/27/2006

Yes — maybe.

The Deering Standard, Deluxe and Black Diamond lines were consolidated into the Sierra. At the same time, the Basic and Intermediate became the Boston.

In any case, a Standard and Deluxe both had dot inlays on rosewood or ebony fretboards. They have full cast tonerings. Headstock decorations changed quite a bit over the years, too. With pictures, it's easy to tell.

May 5, 2021 - 8:55:20 PM

22 posts since 1/17/2006

Yes. My made in October 1996 Sierra (bought new in January 1997) has only dots on the fretboard, a Deering decal on the headstock and no nameplate. There is a sticker with the serial number and "Sierra" written on it inside the resonator.

Edited by - rardinger on 05/05/2021 20:56:06

May 5, 2021 - 9:11:12 PM

543 posts since 2/5/2014

Yep, my Sierra was plain, just dots on the fretboard and n nameplate. It was also the best banjo I ever owned. It as mahogany and had an amazingly clear bell like tone. I foolishly sold it a few years back, and miss it all the time. I play a Deering Eagle II now, and while it is a loud boisterous banjo, it doesn’t ring like that old Sierra.

I hope you get that banjo, I doubt you will be disappointed.

May 5, 2021 - 9:50:54 PM

1147 posts since 1/9/2012
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My 2004 still just has dots, and the only mention of "Sierra" is on the handwritten label in the resonator.

May 6, 2021 - 3:24:26 AM
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1584 posts since 8/8/2012

My 2007 has dots on the fretboard and the Sierra label inside the resonator.

May 6, 2021 - 7:27:07 AM

3 posts since 5/5/2021

Thanks everyone!!! I just might get it.

May 6, 2021 - 5:51:09 PM
like this

3 posts since 5/5/2021

Bought it! Can’t wait for it to arrive! Woo hoo!!

May 8, 2021 - 7:38:51 AM

11413 posts since 10/27/2006

Originally posted by craftydad

Bought it! Can’t wait for it to arrive! Woo hoo!!

Please post pictures when it comes in. We always like a bit of show & tell around here.

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