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Deering White Lotus 5-String Resonator Banjo Standard


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Bluegrass-inspired 5-string banjo with white oak neck, rim and resonator, and sparkling glossy finish.

The bluegrass-inspired White Lotus banjo from Deering, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern, is centered around the patented white oak rim. Notably lacking a traditional heavy tone ring, the natural white oak rim closely recreates a bright, crisp bluegrass punch, ushering in a new era in playing comfort and sound for today’s banjo player.

For years players have been asking for a lighter weight banjo with a full rich tone at an affordable price point. This desire has now become reality with the White Lotus 5-string resonator banjo. Weighing in at only 8 pounds and featuring the newly patented Deering white oak rim design, this American white oak banjo has the bright tone, crisp and clear note distinction, power, and sustain formerly only seen in banjos with metallic tone rings.

Having heard a vintage guitar of white oak years ago, Greg Deering decided to experiment with a white oak rim and neck for a banjo to see how the tone of this unique tonewood translated to a banjo.

Surprisingly, the result is a banjo with an almost metallic resonance without a tone ring. American white oak is noted for a heavy, straight-grained texture; hard, tough, very stiff, and strong. It’s these key qualities of white oak wood that imbue this banjo with strong fundamental notes and a series of overtones that imitate a bell metal tone ring without the additional weight characteristic of this classic banjo component. Now, banjo players can have the much-desired lighter weight banjo with “tone ring” power.

Alongside the patented white oak rim, other features include a white oak neck and resonator accented with white binding, an ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay, new lotus flower inspired inlays, the Eagle Series style flange, Deering’s comfortable neck shape with the easily recognizable peghead profile, and a sparkling glossy finish.
  • Neck
  • Neck Wood: Quartersawn White Oak
  • Neck Shape: Slender "D" Shape
  • Finish: High Gloss
  • Nut Material: White Acrylic
  • Tuners: Deering Planetary Tuners
  • 5th String Tuner: Deering Gotoh Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Frets: 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Fingerboard: A Grade Ebony
  • Pot
  • Rim: 3-Ply White Oak
  • Rim Diameter: 11"
  • Tone Ring: None Required
  • Head: 11" Top Frosted Medium Crown
  • Tension Hoop: Notched Brass Tension Hoop
  • Hooks & Nuts: 24 Round J-Hooks and 1/4" Hex Nuts
  • Flange: 2 Piece Eagle Series Flange
  • Armrest: Deering Armrest
  • Hardware Plating: Nickel
  • Tailpiece: Deering True Tone Tailpiece
  • Finish: Hand Finished Satin Polyurethane
  • Resonator
  • Resonator Wood: 3-Ply Poplar/Poplar/White Oak
  • Resonator Finish: High Gloss
  • Resonator Sidewalls: Straight
  • Resonator Diameter: 13 7/8"
  • Dimensions
  • Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4"
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4"
  • Rim Diameter: 11"
  • Overall Instrument Length: 38"
  • Weight Approx.: 8 lbs
  • Tunings
  • Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Strings
  • Comes tuned: G, D, G, B, D


  • 3-ply white oak rim
  • Slender D-shape quartersawn white oak neck
  • 3-ply poplar/poplar/white oak resonator with white binding
  • Ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay