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Deering Goodtime Special 5-String Open Back Banjo

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1397061556186   POS #:110292257
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Special means it has Deering's patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring. This is the lowest-priced Deering banjo made with a tone ring. The openback style makes it suitable for clawhammer or frailing style... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Special means it has Deering's patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring. This is the lowest-priced Deering banjo made with a tone ring. The openback style makes it suitable for clawhammer or frailing styles of playing, while the increased brightness and volume is a wonderful surprise to players who play in the more traditional bluegrass style of play.

If you prefer to play clawhammer or frailing style and want the openback sound but with a louder voice, The Goodtime Special Open back is the banjo for you. If you play occaisional finger picking, the Goodtime Special is the perfect compromise between the sweet sound of the open back banjo but with more power that comes from the steel Goodtime Special tone ring. The three-ply violin maple rim and steel tone ring work together for the best blend of brightness, with sweet rich banjo sound. The blonde maple neck and rim are visually enhanced by the exotic hard wood inlays in the fingerboard. Made in the USA.

Case sold separately.


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  • Clear tone
  • Easy to play
  • Neck:
    • Blonde 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
    • Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
    • New Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring
    • Steel Tension Hoop
    • 11" Top Frosted High Crown Head
    • 5/8" Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
    • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32³ Nuts
    • 16 Bracket Shoes
    • Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
    • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
    • Durable Satin Finish Tone: Louder projection and clarity from the tone ring of a full bodied tone
    • 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"
    • Instrument Weight: 6.5 lb.
    • 6-year warranty
    • Case sold separately
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    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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    Deerings are a man's best friend

    By Joseph

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    Comments about Deering Goodtime Special 5-String Open Back Banjo:

    Just fine-tune the strings and it is ready to play. No need to make any adjustments or perform any setup. Good tone; a quality instrument.


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    By Michael

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    Comments about Deering Goodtime Special 5-String Open Back Banjo:

    I'm not a musician (yet ;-)) and bought this to learn how to play. As an "Open Box" purchase it was the least expensive american made banjo I found and I was concerned there may be an issue. The customer service was helpful in addressing my concerns before the sale. The banjo was delivered as promised and was in new condition. Thanks G. C.

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