Deering Goodtime 5-String Banjo, Left-Handed

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Goodtime Lefty

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Goodtime Lefty Banjo: Quality and Tone at an Affordable Price

The American-made Goodtime Lefty Banjo offers several features that can be found in competitive banjos costing significantly more. Despite its affordable price, this banjo delivers a "better than the price" tone. The three-ply maple rim and maple neck contribute to its exceptional sound and playability. Banjos renowned worldwide are often constructed with a three-ply maple rim. The bright and clear tone, along with string-to-string note separation, makes it an ideal choice for teachers and students alike. The Goodtime Lefty Banjo is perfect for those seeking a lightweight, high-quality banjo for various occasions, including traveling, lessons, camping, and fishing.

Key Features:

  • Three-Ply Maple Rim: Provides a strong and resonant foundation for the banjo's tone.
  • Maple Neck: Offers brightness, clarity, and excellent string-to-string note separation.
  • All Geared Tuning Machines: Ensure precise and reliable tuning.
  • Slender, Ergonomic Neck Shape: Offers comfort and facilitates playing technique development.
  • Nickel Plated: Adds a touch of visual appeal and durability.
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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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