Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo

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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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The Goodtime 2 Banjo Specifications:

  • 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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5.0

good time 2

By Derek Mowbray

from Undisclosed

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

You can't argue that for the money this is the most bang for the buck for a hillbilly axe! Got mine today, tuned it, didn't have to adjust bridge, and been playing for hours! Its dressed down some compared to others but the sound is there all the way up the neck. The wood work is plain but good looking and smooth!

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5.0

Deering Gootime 2

By cwyattf

from Undisclosed

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

This is an excellent banjo from both a quality and value perspective. The workmanship and attention to detail is first rate. Although I bought this figuring it would be an entry level instrument, I have yet to come across anything close to it performance wise in its price range. The appointments may seem sparse but the quality is there. I use it in a duo and trio set up and it cuts through loud and clear. Don't be fooled by imports that look like higher priced instruments - this one is the real deal and made in America. It holds its own with banjos costing much more. I'd recommend this one to both students and experienced players. I bought mine new seven years ago and the used market price is more now than I paid. This is an instrument you will not only enjoy but one that will also hold its value.

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(72 of 140 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This banjo is it !!!!

By Neil Kraft

from Northwest Ohio, USA

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

Well worth the $400. I had to set this entire instrument up myself, but thats ok because I'm qualified. If you not have these skills prepare to have some one who can, or the banjo is useless.Once you get it set up, you'll have one kick but twang axe. All quality parts and hardware,even a gigbag. You can't go wrong with this banjo.

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(63 of 118 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Dream Banjo

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

All the other reviews here are 100% right. I think that because Deering made the making of this banjo primarily an expression of philosophy rather than imitation, its physical components are pure, and the player can overlay any memories or hopes onto his or her own instrument. It is a new thing, and the player is not locked in to a servitude to previous forms. This makes learning and playing a joy - a truly good time. The design and philosophy also reflects the fact that it is USA-made, and USA ideals are present and reflected in the banjo's design. It contains the soul of the Ur-banjo. It goes where no banjo has gone before - into the player's mind. Now what can we3 do with that beautiful box it came in?

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(9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love Deering banjos!

By Ben-jZ4F_

from San Jose,Ca.

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

I have two Deering banjos. One closed-back and one open-back. I love them! Great sound, craftsmanship and playability. My uncle has a Washburn, but he prefers my Deerings! Great value on a great instrument.

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(65 of 120 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent banjo made in the USA

By DeWayne Morris

from Hattiesburg, MS USA

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

I'm so pleased with myself for having made the decision to purchase a Deering Goodtime 2. It's beyond being a great starter banjo, it's simply a great playing and sounding 5-string resonator banjo for anyone to own, beginner or not. I don't think you could find a better crafted banjo for twice the price. After having contacted the Deering Banjo Company by e-mail with a question, I'm even more impressed than before. They wrote me back and answered my question thoroughly and personably. Great folks.

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(32 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Novice Goodtime 2 purchaser

By John-PSAeI

from Alta Loma, CA

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

After researching on the internet, speaking with musicians and feeling samples of banjos, I truly fell in love with this Deering banjo. It looks, sounds and feels the way I've always wanted a banjo to sound to me. Holding the instrument you can see the care that it was made with. It was made with love. Any one that does see and play this banjo will become a banjo player for life.

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(5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Banjo!

By Melissa--OE8h

from New Jersey

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

I purchased this banjo the first week of February for starter banjo lessons and it is a great banjo to play with! The light Oak wood behind the strings gives it a great bluegrass sound! The money is worth this fine instrument!

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(84 of 135 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lovely tone, superb workmanship, plus Deering's fabulous tech support.

By Ed-G2p7i

from North Carolina

Comments about Deering The Goodtime 2 Banjo:

The tone lives up to its billing fully. It is not at all tinny or twangy as you get with most of the assembly line banjos in this price range. This has truly superb sound and craftsmanship without the frills. It is so simple it is elegant. This is the fourth banjo I have owned and I didn't even know the instrument could sound this rich. If you want a sample, go to Deering's web site and download some sample audio. What you hear is exactly what you'll get at home. (Assuming your computer sound system is good enough to capture the high quality) If not, you're in for a wonderful surprise at home. If you're undecided as I was between the open-back Goodtime and the resonated Goodtime 2, I highly recommend this one. For a few more bucks you actually get BOTH banjos in the Goodtime 2. Removing the resonator is very simple and then getting the flange off the pot is easy enough if you take your time on the R&R of the hex nuts on the j-bolts. Deering's excellent web site folks will tell you via email how to do it. I wasn't completely clear on how to remove the flange without messing up the head tension so I phoned the Deering factory in California. The very first person who answered the phone was able to tell me immediately, in clear, simple detail, how to R&R the resonator and flange. I was never on hold for even a second and didn't have to wait for her to look up the instructions somewhere. The whole conversation lasted less than a minute and everything went exactly as she said it would. At Deering, the experts pick up on the first ring. This is a relatively young company (25 years) which in my book is well on its way to becoming the C.F. Martin & Co. of banjo makers. I have a Martin guitar, and Deering is very much in their class with regard to rich tone. If you're looking at a Goodtime 2, chances are you're a hobbyist as I am. You can't go wrong. No matter how advanced you are, get the Goodtime 2. When they call it "Goodtime," they really mean it. When they call it Goodtime 2, they don't mean Goodtime II, as in second generation. They mean two different Goodtimes in one package.

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