Deering Goodtime Blackgrass 5-String Banjo Natural
Goodtime Blackgrass Banjo: Dark and Distinctive
The Goodtime Blackgrass Banjo is the perfect instrument for players seeking a darker aesthetic. Featuring an all-maple wood construction with a pure black stain, matte black hardware, and a black head, this banjo puts a unique twist on the traditional instrument.
Built exclusively by Deering Banjo Co. in their San Diego factory, the Blackgrass Banjo carries the familiar Goodtime vibe while incorporating some of the aesthetics from the Goodtime Artisan line. It boasts a Midnight Maple fingerboard adorned with Artisan-style pearloid inlays, ensuring both visual appeal and excellent playability. The banjo also maintains the high-quality tone and resonance of the ever-present 3-ply violin-grade maple used in Deering banjos.
Whether you're a true picker, a punk rocker, or a punk picker, the Goodtime Blackgrass Banjo offers a bit more bite in the looks department without compromising on performance or craftsmanship.
- Midnight Maple Fingerboard: Exclusive fingerboard with a dark aesthetic and Artisan-style pearloid inlays.
- All-Maple Construction: Solid maple wood construction with a pure black stain for a distinctive look.
- Matte Black Hardware: Hardware finished in matte black for a sleek appearance.
- 3-Ply Violin-Grade Maple: Provides optimal tone and resonance.
In addition to its unique aesthetics, the Goodtime Blackgrass Banjo showcases Deering's innovation with the development of Midnight Maple fingerboards. Here's more information on this technology:
Deering Banjos has developed Midnight Maple fingerboards in response to concerns over the over harvesting of exotic woods commonly used for fingerboards. The Midnight Maple fingerboard is the result of over four years of research and development to produce a high-quality, ethically sustainable fingerboard that is readily available in the U.S. Unlike stained maple boards, the technology used by Deering penetrates the tight grain of the rock maple, ensuring that no raw wood shows through from string wear and that the stain does not come off on the player's hands.
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.