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Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo 12 In. Rim

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Product Price $579.0
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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 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (6)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everyone makes mistakes, don't they ?

By Not applicable

from MA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

    Hi, this is TJ again. In my just issued comments, I mistakenly quoted the Goodtime Americana banjo head tightening tool as 9/64". My apologies ! That should have been 9/32". My only relief is that there was only one perfect person and He died for all of us !!!!!
    Thanks for understanding !
    TJ

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No Comparison !!!!!

    By Not applicable

    from MA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Unbelievably comfortable to drive !!!!!

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Yep, even rock and roll !

      Comments about Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo:

      If I took the time to mention all the good stuff about the Goodtime Americana banjo, the reading would eat into a good part of yours and my precious playing time. I would vigorously recommend, no matter what, that you do not settle for any other than a 1 1/4" neck with at the nut ! The difference is quite measurable. ( Please forgive the pun. )
      The only down side I might mention is two fold.
      The instrument does not come with "a supplied" head tightening tool. The specs list the proper fit as being 9/64," but I would wager that their measurement was taken before chroming. After trying a number of 9/64" sockets, as well as a nut driver or two, I had to choose the one that fit with the least resistance.
      This, however, is not even close to a reason not to get one of these outstanding instruments for yourself ! Don't miss out on what could be the best deal of your musical experience.
      T J

      (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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      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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