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Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo  

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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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Great tone at a very modest price!

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.

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 23 reviews)

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    (19)

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    (3)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great first banjo

    I bought the Goodtime 2 as a second banjo, which I primarily use to teach my wife and kids banjo. It has a good tone (for this price range) and a decent neck...Read complete review

    I bought the Goodtime 2 as a second banjo, which I primarily use to teach my wife and kids banjo. It has a good tone (for this price range) and a decent neck and playability (especially for this price range). I used a Dremel tool and sharpie to add fret markers on the side of the neck, and it looks factory. (The fret markers inlayed on the fret board itself are black dots, so my black sharpie dots on the side match fine.) This banjo is very light, since it does not have the typical metal tonering that most high-dollar banjos do. This keeps the price down, lowers weight, but also lowers volume and diminishes overall tone. It doesn't affect playability, or ones ability to learn with this instrument. My wife can't play my Gibson Earl Scruggs model due to the weight - it hurts her back, so this is great for her. You will want to swap out the bridge. I put a Snuffy Smith bridge on it, which greatly improved the tone. My other recommendation is D'Addario phosphor bronze strings, light gauge. This banjo was designed fro light gauge strings. My biggest complaints are the arm rest and the tailpiece. I found you can rig the tailpiece lower, but that doesn't help much. It's the old Vega-style armrest, which is so small it hurts. The better armrests will not fit it, since it doesn't have the standard number of j-hooks holding the head down. Likewise, the tailpiece is not a standard mounting mechanism, so you can't upgrade it. But for a low-cost first banjo, I haven't seen anything better.

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    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.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Favorite Instrument So Far

    By PohatuNuva

    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 solidrock

    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 Langhorne Rich

    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 Storyman

    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 JCB AustinNW

      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 B Rock

        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 tvguy11

        from Meridian, MS

        About Me Experienced

        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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is the best stringed instrument in regards to quality I have ever purchased

            Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

            The sound on this is phenomenal. It is so easy to fret the strings. You have to see this in person to fully appreciate the looks and quality. I still am in awe everytime I pick this up to play. I wish Deering would make guitars!
            The Deering Goodtime Banjo is incredible for the price.
            This banjo is solid. The pictures (here, on Deerings site and everywhere on the internet) do NOT do this banjo justice. Every aspect of this banjo is perfect. I have never seen such quality put into an instrument in my entire life.
            I feel like I have stolen this at this price.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Goodtime, of course it is!

            By The Bear-x1bCC

            from Saint Paul

            Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

            These are quality instruments made from quality materials, in the USA. The great thing is, in some cases that still means something, these instruments are one of those cases. Being a beginner I was looking for something under the 1500.00 mark - which sadly isn't that easy when looking for a quality banjo. I had picked up a CHEAP banjo to learn on, when you buy cheap you get what you pay for - an instrument that sounds terrible and doesn't tune properly (or stay in tune!). The Goodtime 2 sounds great, has great resonance and holds its tune well. It's a treat to learn on. I think the price point for this instrument is spot on, it would be even better if it included a case of some sort.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great sounding banjo

            By Davepony

            from jacksonville,florida

            Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

            I've had this banjo about 10 years and I really enjoy it.The neck is great and very easy to play.The sound is a nice woody quality.I upgraded the bridge to a Bart Veerman and it made the sound even smoother for picking.My only complaint is the intonation. I've tried to record with it but it's never really on as far as in tune pitch.To remedy this,Deering now has a truss rod in their new goodtimes.I might buy one of these because all in all it's a terrific banjo.

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