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A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime 2. It's made here in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling used to ma...Read More

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A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime 2. It's made here in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling used to make the top-of-the-line banjos. Greg Deering designed the Goodtime banjos because there were no low-priced banjos of enough quality for people to actually learn on without difficulty or giving up. He remembers what it was like to want a good banjo and not be able to afford one, so his gift to others is the Goodtime banjo line.

Designed for success, the Goodtime banjos are amongst the lowest-priced American-made banjos ever made. They are so good, many professionals have recorded with Goodtime banjos. The Goodtime 2 weighs 6lb., about the weight of a guitar. The Goodtime 2 has a natural blond maple satin finish to protect it. If you want a great low-priced bluegrass banjo for travel and leisure that plays correctly and is durable, this is a great buy.

For a punchy, hard-driving bluegrass tone, the Deering Goodtime 2 Banjo uses a rock maple neck and resonator, and a birch and maple rim. The slender and fast-playing neck with all geared tuners creates a banjo that is easy to tune, to maintain and to play. Standard 11" head. The Goodtime 2 Banjo is handmade in the USA.

Case sold separately.

Tone:
Has a bright sound of maple that projects well.
Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

Tuned:
G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning.

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes with light gauge strings.
Can also be played with medium gauge strings.

Great tone at a very modest price!

FEATURES
  • Neck:
  • Blond Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Exotic Wood Bowtie Inlays
  • Geared Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Sealed Geared Guitar Tuners
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead
  • Pot:
  • 3-ply violin grade Goodtime Maple Rim
  • 11" Frosted Top High Crown Head
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 16 Bracket Shoes
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32" Hex Nuts
  • Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • 2 Piece Flange
  • Nickel plated Armrest
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Resonator:
  • Resonator of Blond Maple
  • Black Binding
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

The Goodtime 2 Banjo

  • Dimensions:
    Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4"
    Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
    Resonator Diameter 13 7/8"
    Rim Diameter 11"
    Overall Instrument Length 38"
    Weight Approx. 6lb.
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DeeringThe Goodtime 2 Banjo
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (7), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Favorite Instrument So Far

I had been looking at banjos for a while and I originally planned to buy the Epiphone MB-200, but then I read some bad reviews about it. I also looked at the Dean...Read complete review

I had been looking at banjos for a while and I originally planned to buy the Epiphone MB-200, but then I read some bad reviews about it. I also looked at the Dean Backwoods 2 Acoustic-Electric and the Washburn B9, but they also didn't fit my taste. When I came across the Deering Goodtime 2, I realized I had found what I was looking for. It was a bit more expensive than I was completely willing to spend, really a good investment for a great banjo. The first day I had it, I just held it and stroked it and looked at it. It really does have a silky smooth finish and beautiful designs on the fret-board. I can really tell how much craftsmanship was put into it when I hold it. I already knew how to play ukulele, so banjo already felt natural to play. This banjo is especially good, though. The action is relatively low; strings are easy to press down, and they don't cut into my fingers at all. Also, the resonator is removable, if you want to play it open back. All you have to do is unscrew 4 screws. However, the metal ring does not come off with the wooden resonator, but that doesn't bother me. If I pluck the D-string hard enough, it buzzes, but that's an easy adjustment to fix. Overall, I am extremely happy with this banjo and will probably only ever buy Deering banjos if I buy more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tuner problem

The banjo sounded and performed great in practice--but in our first performance, the fifth string tuning peg started slipping in its hole in the neck. It could be easily lifted right out...Read complete review

The banjo sounded and performed great in practice--but in our first performance, the fifth string tuning peg started slipping in its hole in the neck. It could be easily lifted right out of the neck.

Reviewed by 26 customers

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5.0

Love it!

By 

from Chesterfield, Missouri

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Long Life
  • Made in America
  • Solid
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

    This is my first banjo but I have played guitar for many years.. I always try to buy American made so I can hand it down proudly to future generations.

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    5.0

    Phenominal Sound

    By 

    from Tampa, Fl.

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

        This is a top quality instrument with Deering's great customer service.

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        5.0

        built well

        By 

        from dry ridge ky

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Front Porch

          Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

          good sound and easy to play. I played for 7 hours the first day I got it. and it sure is a sweet looking banjo

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Favorite Instrument So Far

          By 

          from Louisiana

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Beautiful Blonde Color
          • Consistent
          • Durable Tuners
          • Easy-to-fret Strings
          • Fantastic Craftsmanship
          • Good Tone
          • Low Action
          • Removable Resonator
          • Smooth Finish
          • Strong

          Cons

          • D-string Buzz Easy Fix
          • D-string Buzz - Easy Fix

          Best Uses

          • Learning How To Play
          • Practicing

          Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

          I had been looking at banjos for a while and I originally planned to buy the Epiphone MB-200, but then I read some bad reviews about it. I also looked at the Dean Backwoods 2 Acoustic-Electric and the Washburn B9, but they also didn't fit my taste. When I came across the Deering Goodtime 2, I realized I had found what I was looking for. It was a bit more expensive than I was completely willing to spend, really a good investment for a great banjo. The first day I had it, I just held it and stroked it and looked at it. It really does have a silky smooth finish and beautiful designs on the fret-board. I can really tell how much craftsmanship was put into it when I hold it. I already knew how to play ukulele, so banjo already felt natural to play. This banjo is especially good, though. The action is relatively low; strings are easy to press down, and they don't cut into my fingers at all. Also, the resonator is removable, if you want to play it open back. All you have to do is unscrew 4 screws. However, the metal ring does not come off with the wooden resonator, but that doesn't bother me. If I pluck the D-string hard enough, it buzzes, but that's an easy adjustment to fix. Overall, I am extremely happy with this banjo and will probably only ever buy Deering banjos if I buy more.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Tuner problem

          By 

          from Harrisville, WV

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Sound And Appearance

          Cons

          • Tuning Peg Came Out

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

          The banjo sounded and performed great in practice--but in our first performance, the fifth string tuning peg started slipping in its hole in the neck. It could be easily lifted right out of the neck.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great banjo with a down to earth price

          By 

          from Langhorne, Pennsyltucky, USA

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Pickin' And Grinnin

          Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

          After suffering with my old kit banjo for many years, I finally upgraded to the Deering Good Time 2 banjo. This banjo looks to be very well made and plays like no other banjo I have tried. Wonderful sound, love the action and neck. Comes with light gauge strings which I really like. Shipped quickly from Musician's Frend and set up was spot on. Have only had this banjo about 2 weeks and I just can't put it down. I also play guitar and ukuleles and the Deering is the finest instrument in my collection by far. High quality, easy playability, down to earth price, and I'm proud to say it's American made. If you are looking for a great banjo at a reasonable price you can't go wrong with the Goodtime 2.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          "And a Goodtime should be had by all!"

          By 

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Great Action
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing
            • Travel

            Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

            This banjo has a rich, ringing tone. You'll be pleased with the strong, clear sound projection. The fingering action is amazingly light. The Goodtime 2 is significantly more lightweight when compared to my two other Deering resonator banjos. In your hands it feels more like an open back. It also features a comfortable, lightening quick neck profile, typical of higher-priced Deerings. It displays excellent build quality for the money. This is the banjo you'll pick up for a quick practice session at home or stuff in your gig bag for travel convenience. Great to learn on or burn on! It's truly a fun banjo that will bring a smile to your face!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Tone Excellent Entry Level Banjo

            By 

            from Austin, TX``

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

              I am primarily a guitar player. I decided to buy a Deering Goodtime 2 banjo after receiving numerous emails from Deering claiming how easy it is for guitar players to play. They are correct that it is easy to play but playing it well is another story. It requires requires a lot of time and practice just like any other instrument. This is a perfect banjo to learn on. It is inexpensive, well made and has a great tone. I highly recommend buying this banjo before spending a lot of money on a high end banjo that you might decide later is not your thing. I have no regrets and love playing it.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Buy!

              By 

              from Dayton, OH

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Deep Rich Sound Great Qu
              • Good Rich Sound
              • Great quality

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • No Comment

              Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

              Great quality for the price.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Value

              By 

              from Meridian, MS

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

                  I already owned a Goodtime (openback) that I bought new and immediately fell in love with. While browsing a local pawn shop I came across the Goodtime 2. Mine is an older one with the old style headstock. It was in bad need of a setup but after some new strings and some head tightening it plays great. There is no way you could beat one of these banjos to learn on and even an experienced player should be satisfied with the quality. I also like the feeling of playing an instrument made right here in the U.S.
                  Some folks get concerned about the lack of a truss rod and tone ring. For this price range you are not going to get a "real" tone ring in anything. You could easily add a tone "hoop" for around $40 if you want. As far as the neck, it is made from very hard maple. Mine is several years old and it is just fine. I've only seen one or two people who actually had a problem with the neck, and that probably was a defect and not something that occured over time. Just use the right gauge strings on it and it should last forever. Great job Deering.

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