Deering introduces 6 string Goodtime banjo

solano6The Deering Banjo Company has introduced their first 6 string model in their popular Goodtime Banjo series.

The Solana 6 is a nylon stringed model, tuned and played like a guitar, with a rock maple 22-fret neck attached to Deering’s 16-bracket 12” pot assembly. Like their premier 6 string model, the Phoenix, the Solano 6 has a bridge plate installed under the bridge on top of the head to smooth out some of the ringyness often associated with 6 string banjos.

A piezoelectric pickup is mounted inside the pot to give the player the option of acoustic or amplified use.

The six string banjo has long appealed to guitarists who want to employ banjo tones and phrases in their music, without having to learn a new instrument, as has the 8 string banjo mandolins.

Here’s a pair of Deering employees demonstrating their latest model.


Deering offers the Goodtime Solano 6 for $899 with a six year warranty. Gig bags or hard shell cases are available separately.

The instruments are available from Deering dealers worldwide.

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