Deering has a wide variety of banjos that really fit every player’s style.
The Deering Eagle 2 has a specially designed rim and tone ring, developed by the teamwork efforts of Greg Deering and Jens Kruger. Their work has really paid off with the versatile Eagle II banjo. It is an instrument that delivers the bright hard hitting tone of a bluegrass banjo with the warm rounder tones of a folk instrument.
Deering has created a very special tone ring and rim assembly for the Eagle II that’s unlike any other.
Take a listen to the soundbyte at the bottom of this text as well as Jens Kruger in the video above. I recorded my impressions of this banjo without watching Jens Kruger’s video first. The progress they made to make this banjo so versatile are very evident, and it’s an impressive accomplishment. In a nutshell what I’ve found is that you’ll hear the real hard hitting, bright sparkling sounds when played in the open positions and picked closer to the bridge, and with a little adjustment of the right hand, it has a wonderful organic tone up the neck and frailing. Varying your playing style just a little bit results in a very dramatic shift in the tone this banjo produces. it is really very different than any other banjo around. If you like to play clawhammer or frailing style with a very organic tone, you can now do it with much more volume than a traditional openback banjo will give you and still have that traditional sound.
It’s quite different than their powerful, and popular Sierra banjo for instance. In fact, If you have played any Deering banjo in the past, you are already familiar with their American made quality- but if you haven’t played an Eagle II, you haven’t experienced its special properties. This tone ring was developed with the teamwork of Greg Deering and Jens Kruger.
Why the Eagle II has become one of their most popular models, is easy to understand. Once you get your hands on one, your creative musician side will likely awaken!
The special tone ring is named the twenty ten ring. That and a thicker yet softer maple rim is the heart of the Eagle II sound. In the above video, Jens demonstrates how this banjo suits a clawhammer player who wants an organic tone, and when he puts his picks on his fingers you’ll hear its unique bright and powerful tone. He says that’s done by designing the banjo pot so the highest tones are not overly accentuated. Opening up the banjo pot reveals a view of somethng very unique, an unconventional pot assembly is before your eyes!
This banjo not only has very special playing carachteriistics but it is adorned with some of the most beautiful inlays on the fingerboard, designed by Greg Deering himself. Also, You might have heard this banjo played by Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons.
5/8″ Maple Bridge With Ebony Top
Includes a Deering Hardshell Case
A strong mid range tone with good bass and vibrant highs, that is versatile for playing both Clawhammer and Bluegrass styles of playing.
Tuned:g,D,G,B,D in standard tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Weight Approx. 10 lbs
Remember too, this banjo is already equipped with a quality hardshell case by Deering. If you would like a gig bag too, we can provide you with some great choices.