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Deering Goodtime Banjo

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If you want a top quality reasonably priced banjo, this is the one. It's made right here in America at the Deering Banjo factory. The Goodtime openback banjo weighs only 4 pounds so it is ideal for tr... Read More

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If you want a top quality reasonably priced banjo, this is the one. It's made right here in America at the Deering Banjo factory. The Goodtime openback banjo weighs only 4 pounds so it is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, or taking to the beach. It provides a vibrant singing banjo tone. The Goodtime banjo is light enough for children to hold and play and is the perfect banjo for a child to start out with. More people succeed in learning to play when they start out on a Goodtime banjo.

The slender, fast-playing rock maple neck and birch and maple rim create a sparkling, sweet banjo sound with easy adjustability to keep it sounding and playing great. Geared tuners make tuning easy. Standard 11" head.

Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo.

Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.

G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning.
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Case sold separately.

Features Neck:
  • Blond Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Hardwood Bow Tie Inlays
  • Sealed Geared Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead
  • Blond 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 11" Frosted Top High Crown Head
  • 5/8" Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32" Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Openback
  • Case sold separately
  • Dimensions:
  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4"
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
  • Rim diameter 11"
  • Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2"
  • Weight Approx.4.5lb.
Deering banjos with the lifetime warranty are only available through authorized Deering Dealers.

IF YOU BUY A "NEW" DEERING BANJO FROM A NON-AUTHORIZED DEALER, YOU HAVE PURCHASED A USED BANJO AND HAVE NO WARRANTY. When we send a Deering banjo to an authorized dealer, only that dealer or another authorized dealer can sell that banjo as new. If an authorized dealer sells a new Deering banjo to a non-authorized dealer, the non authorized dealer becomes the first owner and he becomes the bearer of the lifetime warranty; not a new dealer by transfer. When the unauthorized dealer sells that banjo to the consumer, even if it was never played or even touched, it is a used instrument and no longer carries the lifetime warranty. This is necessary so that we know how the banjo has been cared for between the time we ship it and the time that our customers buy it. We have no way of knowing how non-authorized dealers care for their instruments because we do not communicate with them. This also honors and protects the strong relationship between Deering and its treasured network of hard working Deering dealers. For your protection against theft and to ensure immediate proof of ownership, four digits of the serial number are visible on the back of the peghead on each banjo. The full serial number is inside the resonator. When you purchase a Deering banjo and send in the warranty card you will receive a Gold Credit card style ownership/warranty card. This gold card is embossed with your name and the serial number of your new banjo for easy identification. Take your Gold Card with you to festivals or when traveling so that if your banjo is ever stolen you can easily prove it's yours.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great sounding practice banjo.


from Murrieta, California

Playability: This instrument is easy to play with plenty of space for my large fingers. I had no problem playing for an extended period of time without discomfort. An arm rest will make it more comfortable. The banjo has a clear tone with average sustain and a range of tones depending on right hand placement. This banjo has no tone ring so don?t expect it to be loud. This is a good choice for a beginner/practice/travel banjo. Intonation: The intonation was set correctly and worked with the uncompensated bridge supplied with the banjo. I tuned the banjo using an electronic tuner and checked the tune at the 12th fret. The notes were dead on. I live in southern California about 60 miles from the Deering factory which probably helps because it is the same climate as the factory. Flexibility: This banjo has a single coordinator rod and no truss rod in the neck. The banjo feels more flexible than other banjos. Arm Rest: An arm rest should come as standard equipment on this banjo. I had to order one. Position Markers: This banjo lacks position markers on the top edge of the neck. I find this to be the biggest problem with this banjo. Spike VS. peg on fifth String: There is a spike vs. peg positioning the fifth string. I poke my fingers on the spike. Fit and finish: Fit and finish are good on this instrument with the exception of the fretwork. The frets are thin and have slight roughness at the finished edges of 4 frets. One fret end has a large burr and was not finished at all. Weight: This is a light-weight instrument because the banjo lacks a tone ring, one coordinator rod, and a truss rod. Tuners: The guitar tuners were easy to use and held position. Strap attachment: The spacing between the J-hooks and banjo pot is small so buy a strap specifically designed for a Goodtime banjo. The banjo won?t work with sling type straps.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I play it live weekly

By Phillip Propst

from Atlanta, GA

First of all, this banjo is very lightweight. That is a plus in my book. It means I can stand onstage and play this for an hour or more without wearing out my shoulder. The three ply violin grade maple creates an unbelievable tone. I mic the banjo with an SM58 and it sounds awesome. The neck is very quick and has a thin profile. If you are looking at all of the options in this price range, don't discount this model because it doesn't have a resonator. You can buy buy quality made right here in the USA.

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(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)


cant go wrong

By pigpen

from crook county illinois

It may look like a toy but it sure doesnt play like one.Next to my other banjo with resonator its quite loud so dont let the open back fool ya.Its so easy to pick up and play cuz of its weight.Thats one of the reasons i bought this.4 lbs versus my 17 lb banjo.I Was not playing enough.I will now.Nice playable neck too.The geared tuners are way better and more accurate then my fender.After the strings loosen it stays in tune for a good time.Even the strings were put on the correct way.Have fun!

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(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


very happy with

By Susan Pemble

from Florida

I chose the Deering Goodtime for a gift, based solely on my online research, and was happy to find it really is a top quality instrument. The tone is good, the wood is very beautiful, the construction is solid through & through. The tuning keys are fine, no need to upgrade. I think the price is fair (maybe better than fair).

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Good times with the Goodtime

By Steve

from Shelton,CT

I am very happy with my Goodtime. I am just learning how to play the banjo. This banjo sounds great and should last me a long time. It stays in tune for a long time and is easy to play. I am also happy to know that it was made in the U.S.

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(49 of 63 customers found this review helpful)


Best value.

By Alexander Welch

from Idaho

I have owned my goodtime for almost a year. and in the that year I have played it every day for at lest one hour. I have even played it five hours strate non stop. My point is its well bilt and the only ware on my banjo is on the drum head "as expected on all banjos". If you want a good banjo to learn on or tack up with ya to the mountins this is the one for you. American made, and iv jest boughy another deering and i am conciced deering dosnt make a bad instrument.

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