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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...Read More

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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

      Goodtime Banjo

      • 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
       
      4.7

      (based on 34 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (30)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (9)
      • Consistent (5)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (6)
      • Back-up (3)
      • Concerts (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Novice (5), Experienced (3)

      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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      5.0

      Quality instrument, made in USA.

      By Russ

      from Palm Desert, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

        Great banjo to learn on and travel with. Really high quality construction.

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        5.0

        Yes yes yes!

        By Sagee

        from Yreka

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

          Practicing playing teaching

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent banjo for the price

          By Oengus

          from Tennessee

          About Me Novice

          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.

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          (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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            (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.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome!

                By Noodler

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Deering Goodtime Banjo:

                    I bought this based on the reviews posted here, also the 4th sale sealed the deal. This Banjo is perfect for a beginner like myself. Very good quality, the only issue I had was the first and second brass frets had metal burrs which poke your fingers if you slide on them. Will have to file down at some point. Surprised Deering quality control didn't catch that. I emailed them and of course no response.

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                    (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!

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                      (9 of 13 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

                      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.

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                      (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.

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                      (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.

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