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A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime 2. It's made here in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling used to make the top-of-the-line banjos. Greg Deering designe... Click To Read More About This Product

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A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime 2. It's made here in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling used to make the top-of-the-line banjos. Greg Deering designed the Goodtime banjos because there were no low-priced banjos of enough quality for people to actually learn on without difficulty or giving up. He remembers what it was like to want a good banjo and not be able to afford one, so his gift to others is the Goodtime banjo line.

Designed for success, the Goodtime banjos are amongst the lowest-priced American-made banjos ever made. They are so good, many professionals have recorded with Goodtime banjos. The Goodtime 2 weighs 6lb., about the weight of a guitar. The Goodtime 2 has a natural blond maple satin finish to protect it. If you want a great low-priced bluegrass banjo for travel and leisure that plays correctly and is durable, this is a great buy.

For a punchy, hard-driving bluegrass tone, the Deering Goodtime 2 Banjo uses a rock maple neck and resonator, and a birch and maple rim. The slender and fast-playing neck with all geared tuners creates a banjo that is easy to tune, to maintain and to play. Standard 11" head. The Goodtime 2 Banjo is handmade in the USA.

Case sold separately.

Tone:
Has a bright sound of maple that projects well.
Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

Tuned:
G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning.

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes with light gauge strings.
Can also be played with medium gauge strings.

Features
  • Neck:
  • Blond Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Exotic Wood Bowtie Inlays
  • Geared Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Sealed Geared Guitar Tuners
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead
  • Pot:
  • 3-ply violin grade Goodtime Maple Rim
  • 11" Frosted Top High Crown Head
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 16 Bracket Shoes
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32" Hex Nuts
  • Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • 2 Piece Flange
  • Nickel plated Armrest
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Resonator:
  • Resonator of Blond Maple
  • Black Binding
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Dimensions:
    Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4"
    Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
    Resonator Diameter 13 7/8"
    Rim Diameter 11"
    Overall Instrument Length 38"
    Weight Approx. 6lb.
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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DeeringThe Goodtime 2 Banjo
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (8), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Favorite Instrument So Far

I had been looking at banjos for a while and I originally planned to buy the Epiphone MB-200, but then I read some bad reviews about it. I also looked at the Dean...Read complete review

I had been looking at banjos for a while and I originally planned to buy the Epiphone MB-200, but then I read some bad reviews about it. I also looked at the Dean Backwoods 2 Acoustic-Electric and the Washburn B9, but they also didn't fit my taste. When I came across the Deering Goodtime 2, I realized I had found what I was looking for. It was a bit more expensive than I was completely willing to spend, really a good investment for a great banjo. The first day I had it, I just held it and stroked it and looked at it. It really does have a silky smooth finish and beautiful designs on the fret-board. I can really tell how much craftsmanship was put into it when I hold it. I already knew how to play ukulele, so banjo already felt natural to play. This banjo is especially good, though. The action is relatively low; strings are easy to press down, and they don't cut into my fingers at all. Also, the resonator is removable, if you want to play it open back. All you have to do is unscrew 4 screws. However, the metal ring does not come off with the wooden resonator, but that doesn't bother me. If I pluck the D-string hard enough, it buzzes, but that's an easy adjustment to fix. Overall, I am extremely happy with this banjo and will probably only ever buy Deering banjos if I buy more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tuner problem

The banjo sounded and performed great in practice--but in our first performance, the fifth string tuning peg started slipping in its hole in the neck. It could be easily lifted right out...Read complete review

The banjo sounded and performed great in practice--but in our first performance, the fifth string tuning peg started slipping in its hole in the neck. It could be easily lifted right out of the neck.

Reviewed by 37 customers

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth it

By MG

from Scranton, PA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

      I'm in my 50's and decided to take up the banjo. I did a lot of research on which banjo to buy. Once I decided on a banjo with a resonator (not open back) I started paying a lot of attention to the Deering Goodtime 2. It's a little more than I initially wanted to spend, but I figured this would not only be a good instrument to learn on but a quality instrument that would stand the test of time. I had it delivered to the GC store near me, thinking I may need some help setting it up. Right out of the box, it sounded beautiful and required no adjustments. The GC technician was amazed at the quality for the price and asked me ,"Do we sell these?" I guess he'd never seen one before. I've had it for a month and I'm enjoying it immensely. Do not hesitate to buy one!

       
      5.0

      Great quality, made in USA

      By Daniel

      from Colorado

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Made in USA
      • Strong

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

      Outstanding tone and reasonably priced. Would buy again.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Justin in STL

      from Chesterfield, Missouri

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Long Life
      • Made in America
      • Solid
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

        This is my first banjo but I have played guitar for many years.. I always try to buy American made so I can hand it down proudly to future generations.

         
        4.0

        Got it where it counts

        By Red

        from TN.

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great For A Beginner
        • Great value
        • Handcrafted In Usa

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

            This one has it where it counts. It's not fancy just a really solid quality instrument. Not an object that just kinda looks like one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            built well

            By JR

            from dry ridge ky

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Front Porch

              Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

              good sound and easy to play. I played for 7 hours the first day I got it. and it sure is a sweet looking banjo

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My Favorite Instrument So Far

              By PohatuNuva

              from Louisiana

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Beautiful Blonde Color
              • Consistent
              • Durable Tuners
              • Easy-to-fret Strings
              • Fantastic Craftsmanship
              • Good Tone
              • Low Action
              • Removable Resonator
              • Smooth Finish
              • Strong

              Cons

              • D-string Buzz Easy Fix
              • D-string Buzz - Easy Fix

              Best Uses

              • Learning How To Play
              • Practicing

              Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

              I had been looking at banjos for a while and I originally planned to buy the Epiphone MB-200, but then I read some bad reviews about it. I also looked at the Dean Backwoods 2 Acoustic-Electric and the Washburn B9, but they also didn't fit my taste. When I came across the Deering Goodtime 2, I realized I had found what I was looking for. It was a bit more expensive than I was completely willing to spend, really a good investment for a great banjo. The first day I had it, I just held it and stroked it and looked at it. It really does have a silky smooth finish and beautiful designs on the fret-board. I can really tell how much craftsmanship was put into it when I hold it. I already knew how to play ukulele, so banjo already felt natural to play. This banjo is especially good, though. The action is relatively low; strings are easy to press down, and they don't cut into my fingers at all. Also, the resonator is removable, if you want to play it open back. All you have to do is unscrew 4 screws. However, the metal ring does not come off with the wooden resonator, but that doesn't bother me. If I pluck the D-string hard enough, it buzzes, but that's an easy adjustment to fix. Overall, I am extremely happy with this banjo and will probably only ever buy Deering banjos if I buy more.

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Tuner problem

              By solidrock

              from Harrisville, WV

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Sound And Appearance

              Cons

              • Tuning Peg Came Out

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

              The banjo sounded and performed great in practice--but in our first performance, the fifth string tuning peg started slipping in its hole in the neck. It could be easily lifted right out of the neck.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great banjo with a down to earth price

              By Langhorne Rich

              from Langhorne, Pennsyltucky, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Pickin' And Grinnin

              Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

              After suffering with my old kit banjo for many years, I finally upgraded to the Deering Good Time 2 banjo. This banjo looks to be very well made and plays like no other banjo I have tried. Wonderful sound, love the action and neck. Comes with light gauge strings which I really like. Shipped quickly from Musician's Frend and set up was spot on. Have only had this banjo about 2 weeks and I just can't put it down. I also play guitar and ukuleles and the Deering is the finest instrument in my collection by far. High quality, easy playability, down to earth price, and I'm proud to say it's American made. If you are looking for a great banjo at a reasonable price you can't go wrong with the Goodtime 2.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              "And a Goodtime should be had by all!"

              By Storyman

              from Virginia Beach, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Great Action
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing
                • Travel

                Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

                This banjo has a rich, ringing tone. You'll be pleased with the strong, clear sound projection. The fingering action is amazingly light. The Goodtime 2 is significantly more lightweight when compared to my two other Deering resonator banjos. In your hands it feels more like an open back. It also features a comfortable, lightening quick neck profile, typical of higher-priced Deerings. It displays excellent build quality for the money. This is the banjo you'll pick up for a quick practice session at home or stuff in your gig bag for travel convenience. Great to learn on or burn on! It's truly a fun banjo that will bring a smile to your face!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Tone Excellent Entry Level Banjo

                By JCB AustinNW

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

                  I am primarily a guitar player. I decided to buy a Deering Goodtime 2 banjo after receiving numerous emails from Deering claiming how easy it is for guitar players to play. They are correct that it is easy to play but playing it well is another story. It requires requires a lot of time and practice just like any other instrument. This is a perfect banjo to learn on. It is inexpensive, well made and has a great tone. I highly recommend buying this banjo before spending a lot of money on a high end banjo that you might decide later is not your thing. I have no regrets and love playing it.

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