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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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$4790.00
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Overview

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.

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

Tuned:
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
  • Pot:
  • 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
Specifications
  • 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.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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DeeringGoodtime Banjo
 
4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best value.

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...Read complete review

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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Badtime Banjo

I bought one of these a few years ago to try and learn the banjo. This is a very basic banjo and a horrible value compared with the Fender closed-back models available. It's not...Read complete review

I bought one of these a few years ago to try and learn the banjo. This is a very basic banjo and a horrible value compared with the Fender closed-back models available. It's not a terrible instrument, but very basic. However, I was most offended that Deering included cult literature from the Church of Scientology in the package. When I wrote Deering to suggest they keep their religious views out of the banjo business, they sent me more literature! My advice would be to take your business elsewhere and enjoy a better value.

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5.0

Absolutely Outstanding Instrument!

By Carl

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

Absolutely OUTSTANDING instrument, especially for the price! Sounded and played GREAT right out of the box!
Do yourself a favor and purchase the armrest for it directly from Deering, it's well worth it!

 
5.0

Awesome Banjo

By Chris

from Albany, Oregon

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

  • Breaks Easy

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

Guitar Center was very professional in setting up my banjo and helping me buy the right equipment.
I am very happy with there service.

 
5.0

Terrific entry level banjo.

By Jeffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

A great banjo Looks and sounds great. Easy to play. Described as a "student" banjo, but its much more than that. Well worth the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great purchase!

By PJ

from Hopatcong, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Good Tone
  • Made in U.S.A.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

    Never had a Deering, but decided to buy the Goodtime Banjo for my grandson to get him started. This banjo is a delight to play, sounds great and is light as a feather.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great starter

    By James

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Goodtime Banjo:

    Great banjo for the money

     
    5.0

    Quality instrument, made in USA.

    By Russ

    from Palm Desert, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

      Great banjo to learn on and travel with. Really high quality construction.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love it.

      By The Mooresville Flash

      from Mooresville, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

          I like play with alternate open chords for the cool harmonic dissonances on the Goodtime. Sweet sound.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very high quality banjo with a big voice

          By JoJo

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Good Tone
          • Projects Well
          • Stays in tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

            The Deering Goodtime banjo was recommended to me by a professional musician. I did not get the resonator which, for my casual use, is perfectly fine. I bought a "returned" model and it is indeed perfect ... I'm a guitar player, so learning to play banjo on this very high quality instrument is a pleasure. The fact that it's made in the USA is also a big plus to me!

            (10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I hammer my claw every time I see her

            By Banjoseph Mahbroseph

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Mapleicious
            • Plucktacular
            • Sproingulacious

            Cons

            • Fretsproutuous

            Best Uses

            • Chuckin' And A'jivin
            • Strumptuous Activities

            Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

            This instrument has one more and one less string than the instruments I usually play, but I can't imagine it any differently. This is a BANJO, that means that it is a Bodacious Acoustic Nonsensical Jangling Object, or a Bad A Nectarine Jesticulation Organism, if you will. You can a'pluck it. You can a'strum it. You can a'claw it. You can a'hammer it. I do all of the above, and with little skill and even less motivation. You don't have blood splatters all over your banjo's head? Well, my friend, you are not trying hard enough (I don't have blood splatters either).

            On the serious tip, mine has had recurring fret sprouting, of the finger-slicing variety, even after several fret-end dressings. However, it is winter in the midwest, and the air surrounding the banjo's sensitve pores is not always as moist as Daddy would like, if you know what I'm sayin'. I'll deal with it and it will settle in like all fretted instruments do, unlike you lazy lamoids who think there's something wrong with it.

            All in all, it doesn't get better for the price, and it doesn't price better for the get, so get you one before it gets you. My pappy always said that "If I didn't have you kids, I coulda been somebody". Well get one of these, and maybe your father will love you. Probably not, but maybe.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent practice/travel banjo

            By Trailpro

            from St Petersburg, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Carry
            • Easy To Setup
            • Good Tone
            • Sounds great

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Camping
            • Practice
            • Practicing
            • Travel

            Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

            This is a great banjo. It's light, easy to transport and sounds real good. It sounds almost as good as my Scruggs Mastertone and it's a lot easier to handle during practice sessions. In fact, I find myself practicing a lot more for that reason.

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