Deering Goodtime 5-String Openback Banjo

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The American-made Goodtime banjo features a slender, rock maple neck, 3-ply maple rim, sealed geared tuners, and an adjustable tailpiece. The natural, blond maple is finished in elegant satin and the metal parts are nickel plated. The single coordinator rod makes adjustments easy and positive. The maple and ebony bridge sits on an easy to adjust 11 inch, top-frosted head.

The Deering Goodtime is a great banjo at a competitive price, constructed in the U.S. The Goodtime is an open-back banjo, weighing in at just four pounds, so it's ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, or taking to the beach. It provides a vibrant, singing banjo tone, and makes a great "starter" banjo, since it's well-fretted and plays easily.

The Goodtime banjos have a slender, low-profile neck that is easy to finger and comfortable for large and small hands.The fret work is accurate and precise to ensure correct intonation over the entire fingerboard.

You can adjust the action (string height) on the Goodtime banjo by adjusting the single coordinator rod in the pot easily and effectively adjusts the playability so that the strings are close to the fingerboard and are easy to press down.

The Rim is the round wood drum part of the banjo: In 2009 Greg Deering finished new tooling to make all Goodtime rims in the higher grade 3-ply maple design. Prior to that they were laminated birch and maple rims. This standard 11-inch diameter rim provides a top quality sound that out performs all other banjos available in this price range. Thanks to this new upgrade, Goodtime banjos sound like they should cost far more they do.

The patented Goodtime tailpiece is extremely strong and easily adjustable to maximize tone by raising or lowering it.The standard 11" diameter rim is a 3-ply violin grade maple rim provides a top quality sound that outperforms many banjos available in this price range. The 16 brackets and standard rim diameter make head adjustments easy and replacement heads are readily available since the heads are the same size as most modern banjos (11" high crown).

Deering manufactures the Goodtime Banjo in America at the Deering Banjo Company in Spring Valley, California.

Neck: Blond Slender Rock Maple

Frets: 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver

Inlays: Hardwood Bow Tie

Tuners: Sealed Geared (Incl. 5th String)

Neck Finish: Satin

Peghead: Satin Deering Fiddle Shaped

Rim: Blond 3-ply Violin Grade Maple

Tension Hoop: Steel

Head: 11-Inch Frosted Top High Crown

Bridge: 5/8-Inch Maple/Ebony Goodtime

Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime

Finish: Satin

Back Style: Openback

Neck Width at Nut: 1 1/4 Inches

Scale: 26 1/4 Inches

Rim Diameter: 12 Inches

Overall Instrument Length: 37 1/2 Inches

Weight: Approx.4 lbs

Warranty: 6 Years

  • Low-profile, 22-fret rock maple neck with hardwood bow tie inlays
  • Sealed, geared tuning machines, including fifth string
  • 5/8-Inch maple/ebony Goodtime bridge with adjustable Deering tailpiece
  • Six-year warranty
  • Three-ply, 11-inch maple rim with steel tension hoop and high crown head
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  • 5
    Deering Goodtime banjo

    Posted by Dave Beadles on May 20th 2021

    Want to know what a great value this banjo is? This is the second one I’ve purchased! One for home and one for the road...

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