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Played with an old time style technique, the Americana is reminiscent of banjos from a period when larger rims were more prevalent which makes the 12” a great setup for playing old time music. A traditional 11” banjo with a frosted top head has a far brighter sound and will “cut” more.


Since the combination of the wider 12” rim and the renaissance head makes for a wonderfully laid back sound in comparison, the Americana lends itself perfectly for musicians looking to use the banjo to back up a vocalist or another instrument, instead of playing the a lead instrument role.

Deering Americana Openback Banjo

  • Neck Wood: Rock Maple
    Neck Shape: Comfortable "D" Shape
    Stain: Natural Maple
    Finish: Satin
    Nut Width: 1 1/4"
    Nut Material: Lexan Polycarbonate
    Tuners: Sealed Geared Tuners
    5th String Tuner: Goodtime Geared 5th String Tuner
    Frets: 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets

    Rim: 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
    Rim Diameter: 12"
    Tone Ring: 
    Head: 12" Renaissance Medium Crown
    Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
    Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
    Armrest: Goodtime Armrest
    Hardware Plating: Nickel
    Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
    Finish: Hand Rubbed Polyurethane with Carnuba Wax Finish

    Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4"
    Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4"
    Rim Diameter: 12"
    Overall Instrument Length: 37 1/2"
    Weight Approx.: 4.5 lbs

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