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Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo 12 In. Rim

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The Americana is the first 5-string banjo from Deering to be fitted with their new Grand 12 rim, which gives the banjo a stronger bass response and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Reminiscent of banjos from a period when larger rims were more prevalent.

The Americana is the first 5-string banjo from Deering to be fitted with their new Grand 12 rim, which gives the banjo a stronger bass response and a much warmer tone. The fullness and warmth of the larger rim is further enhanced by the addition of a 12 Renaissance head which beautifully complements the banjo both visually and sonically.

Continuing the long-standing Goodtime philosophy of offering the best value American-made banjos available, the Americana is the lowest-priced 12 model on the market today and retains the distinctive natural blonde Goodtime aesthetics. In keeping with the rest of the Goodtime line, this banjo also features guitar-style tuners, a rock maple neck, nickel-plated hardware, and hardwood inlays.

Played with an old-time style technique, the Americana is reminiscent of banjos from a period when larger rims were more prevalent making the 12 a great setup for playing old-time music. A traditional 11 banjo with a frosted top head has a far brighter sound and will œcut more. Since the combination of the Grand 12 rim and the Renaissance head makes for a wonderfully laid back sound in comparison, the Americana lends itself perfectly for musicians looking to use the banjo to back up a vocalist or another instrument, instead of playing the a lead instrument role.


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DeeringGoodtime Americana Banjo
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (6)
  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice banjo, good sound.

By Gunther

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

    Fiddler looking to have some fun with another instrument. Banjo is nice and has good sound. And, it is made in the USA. What is there not to like?

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Warm and rich tone, A great joy to play.

    By Andrew

    from Fayetteville, AR

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

      I play claw hammer mostly. I love the softer, more mellow tone of the renaissance head. Its a beautiful instrument. It looks great and it sounds even better. I have no complaints. I am happy I purchased it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This banjo goes where I go.

      By Moose

      from Walling, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Looks Good
      • Plays and sounds good
      • Well built instrument

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

      This is my favorite banjo. It has a nice tone and is fine looking instrument. I keep it hanging on the wall where it's readily accessible for picking. Excellent for clawhammer style picking.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would definitely buy this item again.

      By Norma

      from Albuquerque NM

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

        I am just learning how to play. It has a wonderful sound. It's pretty. It is easy to hold and strum.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        want oldtimey clawhammer sound? this is it! Take it camping

        By banjomike

        from Kingman, Az

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

          I use for clawhammer pick"n and practice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A phenomonal old time banjo!

          By AncientPaths

          from West-central Michigan

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

            I traded up to the Goodtime Americana banjo a year ago and I am amazed at how great this banjo sounds, particularly in the old-time music genre! The dealer I bought mine from had special ordered Americanas with a scoop on the neck to really get the tone that clawhammer banjo players love. The 12" pot and renaissance head gives it an overall warmer and deeper tone, definitely not for bluegrass. I have been in sessions where the Americana has just as good (if not better) tone than banjos twice the price. I also enjoy the feel of the rock maple neck as it is easy to fret and play. I recently had a custom setup on it where I had spikes installed at frets 7, 9, and 10 as well as new planetary tuners.

            If you are on a budget yet want to buy an american-made banjo, you can do no better than the Goodtime Americana.

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