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Deering Goodtime Banjo

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If you want a top quality reasonably priced banjo, this is the one. It's made right here in America at the Deering Banjo factory. The Goodtime openba...Click To Read More About This Product

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Easy traveling and very affordable!

If you want a top quality reasonably priced banjo, this is the one. It's made right here in America at the Deering Banjo factory. The Goodtime openback banjo weighs only 4 pounds so it is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, or taking to the beach. It provides a vibrant singing banjo tone. The Goodtime banjo is light enough for children to hold and play and is the perfect banjo for a child to start out with. More people succeed in learning to play when they start out on a Goodtime banjo.

The slender, fast-playing rock maple neck and birch and maple rim create a sparkling, sweet banjo sound with easy adjustability to keep it sounding and playing great. Geared tuners make tuning easy. Standard 11" head.

Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo.

Tone:
Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.

Tuned:
G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning.
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Neck:
Blond Slender Rock Maple Neck
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Hardwood Bow Tie Inlays
Sealed Geared Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Durable Satin Finish
Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead

Pot:
Blond 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Steel Tension Hoop
11" Frosted Top High Crown Head
5/8" Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
16 Flat Hooks with 9/32" Nuts
16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
Durable Satin Finish
Openback
Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions:
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4"
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
Rim diameter 11"
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2"
Weight Approx.4.5lb.
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DeeringGoodtime Banjo
 
4.8

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (6), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I hammer my claw every time I see her

This instrument has one more and one less string than the instruments I usually play, but I can't imagine it any differently. This is a BANJO, that means that it is a Bodacious...Read complete review

This instrument has one more and one less string than the instruments I usually play, but I can't imagine it any differently. This is a BANJO, that means that it is a Bodacious Acoustic Nonsensical Jangling Object, or a Bad A Nectarine Jesticulation Organism, if you will. You can a'pluck it. You can a'strum it. You can a'claw it. You can a'hammer it. I do all of the above, and with little skill and even less motivation. You don't have blood splatters all over your banjo's head? Well, my friend, you are not trying hard enough (I don't have blood splatters either).

On the serious tip, mine has had recurring fret sprouting, of the finger-slicing variety, even after several fret-end dressings. However, it is winter in the midwest, and the air surrounding the banjo's sensitve pores is not always as moist as Daddy would like, if you know what I'm sayin'. I'll deal with it and it will settle in like all fretted instruments do, unlike you lazy lamoids who think there's something wrong with it.

All in all, it doesn't get better for the price, and it doesn't price better for the get, so get you one before it gets you. My pappy always said that "If I didn't have you kids, I coulda been somebody". Well get one of these, and maybe your father will love you. Probably not, but maybe.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Badtime Banjo

I bought one of these a few years ago to try and learn the banjo. This is a very basic banjo and a horrible value compared with the Fender closed-back models available. It's not...Read complete review

I bought one of these a few years ago to try and learn the banjo. This is a very basic banjo and a horrible value compared with the Fender closed-back models available. It's not a terrible instrument, but very basic. However, I was most offended that Deering included cult literature from the Church of Scientology in the package. When I wrote Deering to suggest they keep their religious views out of the banjo business, they sent me more literature! My advice would be to take your business elsewhere and enjoy a better value.

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(13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I hammer my claw every time I see her

By Blubachs Repeditoski

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Mapleicious
  • Plucktacular
  • Sproingulacious

Cons

  • Fretsproutuous

Best Uses

  • Chuckin' And A'jivin
  • Strumptuous Activities

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

This instrument has one more and one less string than the instruments I usually play, but I can't imagine it any differently. This is a BANJO, that means that it is a Bodacious Acoustic Nonsensical Jangling Object, or a Bad A Nectarine Jesticulation Organism, if you will. You can a'pluck it. You can a'strum it. You can a'claw it. You can a'hammer it. I do all of the above, and with little skill and even less motivation. You don't have blood splatters all over your banjo's head? Well, my friend, you are not trying hard enough (I don't have blood splatters either).

On the serious tip, mine has had recurring fret sprouting, of the finger-slicing variety, even after several fret-end dressings. However, it is winter in the midwest, and the air surrounding the banjo's sensitve pores is not always as moist as Daddy would like, if you know what I'm sayin'. I'll deal with it and it will settle in like all fretted instruments do, unlike you lazy lamoids who think there's something wrong with it.

All in all, it doesn't get better for the price, and it doesn't price better for the get, so get you one before it gets you. My pappy always said that "If I didn't have you kids, I coulda been somebody". Well get one of these, and maybe your father will love you. Probably not, but maybe.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect!

By stmpress.com

from Alabama

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

I did a TON of homework before buying this banjo. I'm super pleased with my purchase, and it didn't break the bank! I am a beginner as of now, but I will never get rid of this banjo no matter how many I buy in the future. You cannot go wrong with this banjo!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality for money.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

If you are looking for a banjo that is not only the best quality beginner banjo that I have played but also a great travel banjo, than look no further than this banjo. It is the best quality for the money that you will find in a banjo I have been playing for a number of years and though this banjo may seem basic to a lot of other starter banjos the quality and tone of this banjo far exceeds others around this price range. I play a Gibson most of the time but if I travel anywhere and want to take a banjo to stay in practice the goodtime gets the job. If you are looking to learn the banjo and want high quality without spending thousands this is the banjo for you. The one negative I do have is that I wish it had an armrest,it gets a little uncomfortable , but I guess theres always the Goodtime II.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beginner/Intermediate/Travel

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

Loud, Punchy, great bluegrass banjo. I suggest putting a resonator, for that extra kick. love the banjo. from starting out on forward and reverse rolls, to playing wagon wheel at a festival. Great Banjo.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Jeb-z9r.t

from Silver Lake, OH

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

This is a great instrument. High quality, great soung, low price, dreams do come true!!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little banjo!

By BanjoGal

from Virginia

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

I recently purchased this banjo after using one in a claw hammer banjo class for one semester. I fell in love with the instrument then. After getting this one, I can say that I'm even more in love with this banjo! It is light weight, has excellent craftsmanship, the materials are top notch, has a great ring to it, and low action. What isn't there to love? This banjo is a great starter instrument. Sure can't beat it for the price! I see this one being around for a long time.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Badtime Banjo

By Northwest Mike

from Bend, OR

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Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

I bought one of these a few years ago to try and learn the banjo. This is a very basic banjo and a horrible value compared with the Fender closed-back models available. It's not a terrible instrument, but very basic. However, I was most offended that Deering included cult literature from the Church of Scientology in the package. When I wrote Deering to suggest they keep their religious views out of the banjo business, they sent me more literature! My advice would be to take your business elsewhere and enjoy a better value.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good standared.

By Picker-zMKhb

from Meridian,ID

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Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

I have owned my gootime now for a year, and have played it hours on end, somtimes five hours none stop. And this banjo has taken the ware and tear very well. As a matter of fact it still looks almost as good as when I bought it. The maple on the banjo is tuff and and dearing still put good hardware on this banjo. Even though this banjo dose not have a tone ring, it still has a good woody sound to it wich is grate for oldtime music. I now play a deering seirra and use my goodtime as a travel banjo, so I always have a good sounding banjo with me. This banjo is also very light so it is easy to pack around, I truly beleve this is the best banjo for to take camping or to learn off of.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Again, my girlfriend... grrrrr.

By PeeJ

from Mulberry, FL

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

My girlfriend/soon to be wife, bought me this for our second Christmas. What a woman! The previous year she bought me a Washburn D30, great guitar, for the money, or not. This Christmas she bought me a Goodtime. OMG, as soon as I touched it I was in love. The neck is like butter. I hadn't played banjo for over 15 years. I was sliding and hammering like I never missed a lick. Great action, great sound! Thank you Lesa!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great for travel

By frankthetank-uQAuA

from atl

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

I got this banjo as a gift two years ago and I have taken it on countless camping trips--it's lightweight and very easy to play and the quality couldn't be better for the price.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disposable Banjo

By Chris Miller

from Toronto, Ontario

Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

Bought this banjo from Deering tent at Merlefest Americana Festival. Kept it stored in climate controlled room with all my other instruments only to watch the neck become incredably bowed. Went to adjust truss rod to fix it. Guess what, it wasn't there. Told by Deering that a replacment would be almost as expensive a new banjo. Thanks for nothing Deering.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful for the beginning 5-string player

By Fred Padgett

from Livermore, CA

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Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

For the money, I have never seen a better "beginners" instrument in any category. Wanting to learn the 5-string has become a reality. This banjo stays in tune, sounds loud and crisp, is easy to play, and is light and easy to hold. No doubt owning one of these will lead to the purchase of a more expensive Deering product, but for now, this one makes beautiful sound. Another fine product from you guys!! Thanks!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it.

By The Mooresville Flash

from Mooresville, NC

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

      I like play with alternate open chords for the cool harmonic dissonances on the Goodtime. Sweet sound.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very high quality banjo with a big voice

      By JoJo

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play
      • Good Tone
      • Projects Well
      • Stays in tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

        The Deering Goodtime banjo was recommended to me by a professional musician. I did not get the resonator which, for my casual use, is perfectly fine. I bought a "returned" model and it is indeed perfect ... I'm a guitar player, so learning to play banjo on this very high quality instrument is a pleasure. The fact that it's made in the USA is also a big plus to me!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent practice/travel banjo

        By Trailpro

        from St Petersburg, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Carry
        • Easy To Setup
        • Good Tone
        • Sounds great

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Camping
        • Practice
        • Practicing
        • Travel

        Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

        This is a great banjo. It's light, easy to transport and sounds real good. It sounds almost as good as my Scruggs Mastertone and it's a lot easier to handle during practice sessions. In fact, I find myself practicing a lot more for that reason.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good choice

        By BW

        from Alabama

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

          Delivered on time and in perfect condition. I am very happy with my decision to purchase this banjo.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Goodtime Banjo

          By terrym45

          from Denver, CO

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

          Great playing, light weight, great for travel, the best starter banjo.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A banjo for everyone

          By bikrbell

          from Raleigh, NC

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

          This Deering Goodtime banjo is my first 5-string banjo. The action is smooth and easy. The tone is amazing, especially for a banjo in this price range. It stays tuned. I rarely have to adjust it. This banjo makes it easy for everyone to have a quality instrument at a reasonable price. It's a joy to own, to play, and to take on the road.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent banjo for the price

          By Oengus

          from Tennessee

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent value
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • No armrest

          Best Uses

          • Good For Beginners
          • Practicing

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

          I am a Flamenco guitarist with 40+ years experience, and recently decided to try my hands (literally) at Bluegrass, and purchased this banjo about three weeks ago. Tone sounds good to me even without a resonator, fretting is accurate (and I've found no burrs, as others say they have), tuning pins are decent quality (I am used to friction pegs), and the instrument seems well-made. I don't care much for the color, but that's just aesthetics. It's a simple, reasonably well-made instrument for the money. Should come with an armrest, but I got one from Deering and it took all of 5 minutes to install.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good quality for a cheap price!

          By Billybob

          from Paris, Tn

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

            Tunes easy, stays in tune.

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