Deering Goodtime Special 5-String Banjo with Resonator, Natural Blonde Maple


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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.

Made in the USA at the Deering factory with the same tooling used to make their top of the line banjos, the Deering Goodtime banjos are the lowest priced and highest quality American made banjos on the market! If you want a top quality reasonably priced banjo, the Goodtime Special Banjo is the one for you! This is the best buy on the market!

When you see the word 'Special', it means that the banjo features the patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring giving the banjo a more powerful and brighter tone. This banjo is perfect for anyone who loves the Goodtime vibe of natural maple but wants to add a bit more kick to their tone.

The newly Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring designed by Deering produces a powerfully crisp, bright, sparkling tone, a considerable step up in tone from the original tone ring that was featured on our Goodtime Special banjos. The volume of tone is a wonderful surprise to players. If you're looking for a banjo with good volume and tone, and prefer to keep the cost as low as possible, then tlook no further. This is the banjo you've been searching for. This banjo will perform well in a jam session or band setting, feel comfortable, fret correctly, and be a stable instrument you can play for years to come.


  • Made By Hand In the U.S.A. - Goodtime banjos are made in the same shop as all of the Deering banjos. Located in Spring Valley, CA, highly skilled craftsmen make every banjo with the same attention to detail that Deering is known for. You can be sure your Goodtime banjo will arrive ready to play!
  • 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple Rim - The maple in the Goodtime rim is the exact wood used in the finest violins in the world. Only Deering puts this professional grade 3-ply maple rim in a banjo in this price range.
  • Rock Maple Neck - This fine grained, dense, extremely hard, wood creates a stable neck, and imparts a bright, crisp quality to the Goodtime banjo tone.
  • Sealed Geared Tuners - Five high quality geared tuning machines make tuning the Goodtime banjo easy, accurate and fun. Too many student banjos are cursed with poor quality tuners, so the students blame themselves for an out of tune banjo when it’s the tuner that is at fault.
  • Deering Goodtime Smile Bridge -The responsive sensitivity of the maple, with the hard, dense ebony top contributes to the Goodtime banjos clear, resonant responsiveness. 
  • Quiet Tailpiece - Specially selected metal is used to prevent the tailpiece from making “its own sound” and muddying up the banjo’s tone. The violin maple rim is supposed to sing, not your tailpiece.
  • Stability Enhancing J-Hooks - The proprietary Deering J-hooks are wider at the top to prevent twisting off the tension hoop when tightening the banjo head.
  • Quiet Coordinator Rod - Made of special alloy that is strong and does not interfere with the singing resonance of the violin maple rim.
  • The Best Banjo To Learn On - Teachers look critically at a banjo because they want their students to be successful. Viewed from a teacher’s eye, he/she requires a banjo to be constructed with musical accuracy, ease of playability, adjustability, and durability. Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo for greater success in learning to play.


  • Deering Goodtime Special 5-String Banjo/Resonator with Tone Ring
  • g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well
  • Comes from the factory with light gauge strings 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10 
  • Can be played with medium gauge as well
  • Has a bell like tone that is loud, crisp and clear and easily heard in a band setting
  • Easy to play with clarity of note separation
  • Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Hardwood Bowtie Inlays
  • Sealed Geared Guitar Tuners 
  • Geared 5th String Tuner 
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead
  • 11" Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Patented Steel Goodtime Special Tone Ring
  • 11" Frosted Top High Crown Head
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 16 Bracket Shoes 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32" Hex Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes
  • Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • 2 Piece Flange
  • Nickel plated Armrest
  • Nickel Plated Hardware 
  • Resonator: Blond Maple, Black Binding, Durable Satin Finish 
  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4"
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Resonator diameter 13 7/8"
  • Overall Instrument Length 38" 
  • Weight Approx. 8.5 lbs
  • 6 Year Warranty
  • UPC: 840394013008


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