Standing as the flagship model amongst professional players for the company, the Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo brings together features like a virgin bell bronze tone ring, three-ply rock maple rim, and a one-piece resonator flange to meld beauty and playability in one package. It is comparable to Deering's Maple Blossom, which is several hundred dollars more than the understated Sierra. At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently. With the standard Mahogany, the Sierra has the sweet sound of this tropical wood with slightly less sustain than maple or walnut. Durable and easy to maintain! The maple version of the Sierra is an excellent banjo choice. Strings: Comes with Deering Light Gauge Strings tuned to in standard G tuning (g,D,G,B,D) The Deering Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim. It features the Deering -06- tone ring, 3-ply violin grade maple rim, and more. Deering Custom Sierra 5 string banjo. The Deering Sierra banjo is the flagship model of the Deering line. Easy to play! With the optional Maple at no extra cost, the Sierra is also available with a brighter and more focused tone quality. The Deering Banjo Company is now offering the Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo – their most popular Sierra model banjo in maple! Deering has become one of the largest and most respected American banjo manufacturers and we’re very happy to see these models.