1990's Deering Crossfire
Electric Tenor banjo
Fresh fret dressing/setup CGDA
Plays like butter all up and down the neck.
Elec's work VG, PU was replaced at some time, old one
comes with it.
Deering Catalog and Price list
, pickup cable
The banjo comes with the original case in VG
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This is a very rare Deering electric tenor banjo. Although 5
string versions are readily available, only a few examples of
the Crossfire in a tenor banjo configuration are out there one
of which was made for Mr. Wayne Newton!
The condition of this banjo is excellent. Some mild buckle
rash is present on the back of the instrument, but other than
that the finish looks almost new. The neck is straight and plays
with a low action and no fret buzz.
From the Deering website:
The Deering Crossfire has two powerful magnetic pickups under
the head, one in the neck position and the other by the bridge.
A metal strip is attached to the under side of the head above
the bridge pick-up so that the pick-up draws sound from both the
strings and the head. Active electronics assure you of a wide
frequency response. By retaining a full and functional banjo
head, this new instrument gets more banjo sound than a solid
body electric banjo. A brass tone-ring is under the head. The
hooks for tightening the head pass through the alder body and
are adjusted from the back in recessed holes. Standard color is
black but other colors can be custom ordered. The neck is blond
maple with a hard, dense, colorful, exotic, and naturally
beautiful ebony fingerboard and diamond shaped mother-of-pearl
provide accuracy in tuning and allow the Crossfire to fit in an
electric guitar case. Knobs adjust tone and volume and a switch
selects between the neck or bridge pick-up, or flipping the
switch to the middle position plays them both. Imagine adjusting
the bass or treble on your banjo at the turn of a knob or just
flipping a switch to get a different sound!
Guitar amps have a
limited range of sounds and do not always pick up the banjo
highs.One unique advantage in owning a Crossfire is the ability
to practice almost silently. By using a pair of amplified
headphones which plug directly into the instrument you alone can
hear yourself play. It is perfect for when children are sleeping
or you are in close quarters.
The Crossfire is fully equipped to participate as an equal in
all musical styles without the volume limitations. Just as an
electric guitar sounds different from an acoustic, the Crossfire
sounds similar but not exactly the same as an acoustic banjo. It
allows banjo players to transcend the limits of an acoustic
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