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1995 Deering Gabriella 5-String Banjo
$28,835 $27,995
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Status
In Stock
Brand
Deering Banjos
Product Year
1995
Model
Gabriella 5-String Banjo
Serial #
090396-4962
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1061
Condition
Excellent. One nick on back.
Body Type(s)
Medium, Banjo
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Skin - Fiber
Neck Wood
Rosewood - Brazilian
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Maple
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Abalone and Ivoroid
Fret Markers
Side Dots, MOP Overlays, Vines
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
Ivoroid
Headstock Inlay
Vine
Body Bindings
Abalone and Ivoroid
Tuner Finish
Gold
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None
Body Length
13.75 in
Upper Bout
13.75 in
Lower Bout
13.75 in
Body Depth Heel
3.25 in
Body Depth Tail
3.25 in
Scale Length
26.125 in
Nut Width
1.281 in
Nut Width (mm)
32.5 mm
String Spacing
1.6875 in
String Spacing (mm)
43 mm
Weight
13 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case
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Description

It’s fitting that a shop like ours, which deals with Somogyis and McConnells, and Traugotts all day, would come across a banjo worthy enough to pass muster among the guitar world’s greatest builders. Enter: our 1995 Deering Gabriella, owned by banjo maestro and “banjoholic" Mary Z Cox. This model is the pinnacle (read: to date, only 15 ever made) of Deering’s catalog, and this example from 1995 goes one step further than even its rarified siblings in that it features a Brazilian Rosewood resonator and neck. Gold hardware abounds, right down to the tuners and tailpiece, and both the resonator and neck are trimmed out in both Abalone and Ivoroid. The fingerboard is wrapped in Mother-of-Pearl, with vine-and-leaf inlays across frets 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 21. The headstock is also inlaid with MOP, a tangle of vines surrounding the Deering logo and the (you guessed it: MOP) truss rod cover. The back of the resonator features a wreath of raised MOP-and-Maple vines, and just above that you’ll find an intricately carved heel with yet more twisting leaves and vines.
The sheer number of hours that went into this Deering Gabriella baffles the mind. It feels like holding a craftperson’s entire career in your hands when you play it. A banjo for the record books.


If you'd like to hear Mary's recording of "Ponce de Leon" on her Florida Banjo record with the Gabriella, check it out here: https://www.maryzcox.com/florida_banjo/


Other keywords: Mary Z Cox, bluegrass, banjo inlay, Deering banjo, Gabriella banjo, craft, craftsmanship

This is the cream of the crop when it comes to banjos. Deering has only made 15 of these incredibly ornate Gabriella models, and this is the only one I know of with Brazilian Rosewood! It's an obvious choice for the collector, but it also has the tone to back it up.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 26.125 in
NUT WIDTH 1.281 in
STRING SPACING 1.6875 in
WOODS SKIN - FIBER,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

It’s fitting that a shop like ours, which deals with Somogyis and McConnells, and Traugotts all day, would come across a banjo worthy enough to pass muster among the guitar world’s greatest builders. Enter: our 1995 Deering Gabriella, owned by banjo maestro and “banjoholic" Mary Z Cox.
 

This is the cream of the crop when it comes to banjos. Deering has only made 15 of these incredibly ornate Gabriella models, and this is the only one I know of with Brazilian Rosewood!
 
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