Tony Trischka has partnered with Deering Banjos. The two new signature model 5-string banjos are named the Golden Clipper and the Silver Clipper; retailing respectively for $17,299 and $4,799.
Unique to the Golden Clipper are the Tony Trischka designed fingerboard inlays crafted in a brilliant greenblue DiChrome and surrounded in white for contrast against the ebony fingerboard. This material is designed to capture and reflect the stage lights during a performance. The Paramount peghead shape is enhanced with a custom inlay made of the same reflective material enhanced with 24K gold planetary tuners. The Golden Clipper pot assembly has 24K gold plating with an ornately engraved tension hoop plated in black nickel. The resonator is crafted of AAA grade quilted maple, stained in a honey amber, finished to a high gloss, and has colorful natural abalone and Ivoroid binding.
The Deering 06 tone ring which is noted for its rich, full, balanced tone and violin grade maple rim allows for greater resonance and gives both the Golden Clipper and Silver Clipper a superior tone. The extended 24 fret fingerboard on both banjos is achieved by floating the fingerboard over the banjo head giving the player 2 full octaves without moving the bridge bringing the banjo a classic banjo brightness. The Silver Clipper has the same inlay pattern as the Golden Clipper but rendered in a detailed white outline on the ebony fingerboard. Featuring a neck made of tight grained mahogany like the Golden Clipper, the resonator of this banjo is crafted from highly figured curly maple and stained a honey amber and features Ivoroid binding.