Our White Lotus banjo in stock has railroad spikes installed at frets 7, 9 & 10 (no extra charge!). Photos on this listing are stock images from Deering; photos of our specific banjo can be provided on request. Hard case included; free shipping within the continental US!
The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, 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 in the new 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 tone wood translated to a banjo.
Surprisingly the result is a banjo with an almost metallic resonance without a tone ring. Why? American white oak is noted for a heavy, straight-grained texture; hard, tough, very stiff and strong. It is 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 the banjo player 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 and a sparkling glossy finish.
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
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 Wood: 3-Ply Poplar/Poplar/White Oak
Resonator Finish: High Gloss
Resonator Sidewalls: Straight
Resonator Diameter: 13 7/8"
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