Deering Goodtime 2 5-String Banjo

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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.

  • Slender rock maple neck
  • Sealed geared tuners
  • Three-ply maple rim
  • Adjustable tailpiece
  • Single Bound Maple Resonator
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Warranty Information

The trust and pride Deering shares in their product gives the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a six year warranty ensuring the quality of the materials and workmanship.
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Deering Goodtime Banjos are proudly made in the USA at a reasonable price point. Goodtime 2 features include:


  • Maple neck, body, and resonator
  • Natural blonde satin finish
  • Lightweight at only 6 pounds
  • Sealed geared tuners
  • 11" Remo head
  • Beautiful nickel-plated hardware

Deering Goodtime 2 banjos features a premium 3-Ply violin grade maple rim, so you always know that Deering is selecting the best maple for their banjos. The resonator comes in 3-Ply Poplar/Poplar/Maple, giving this banjo it's long sustain, good projection, and bright tone.


The Goodtime 2 banjo comes with a patented Goodtime adjustable tailpiece and a geared 5th string tuner to always keep the banjo where you want it. Easily move up and down the fretboard featuring a comfortable "D" shape and 22 pressed in nickel silver frets.

Banjo Q&A

What is a banjo resonator and what does it accomplish?

A resonator is the back, bowl-shaped part of a banjo that helps to reflect the sound out to your audience, thus making the banjo sound louder and brighter. This is in contrast to an open-back banjo, which does not have a resonator.


What is the difference in sound between a resonator banjo and an open-back banjo?

Resonator banjos project the sound toward the audience with more ringing (resonation). Open-back banjos have a more mellow and softer sound, but are sometimes preferred by banjo players of different play styles. Open-back banjos are preferred by old-time clawhammer banjo players, while newer bluegrass players sometimes prefer the louder ringing sound of a resonator banjo.


What banjo should a beginner buy?

We always recommend beginners pick up an instrument that they will proudly play and learn on. For this reason, we recommend banjos which provide a good value, without being cost prohibitive.  Fortunately, some big names in banjos have continued to manufacture impeccable, affordable banjos which are perfect for beginners. We recommend beginners look at purchasing the following banjos:


What is the most common type of banjo

The most common type of banjo, especially in the US, is the 5-string banjo. The 5th string of the 5-string banjo is called the "thumb string" or "drone string" because of the clawhammer technique of thumb-picking the 5th string in syncopation with the other 4 strings.


How is a standard 5-string banjo tuned?

5-string banjos are most commonly tuned in "Open G" tuning. Starting from the 5th string to the 1st string, the notes are tuned G, D, G, B, D.


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