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Deering Goodtime 2 Classic 5-String Banjo


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  • Three-ply maple rim
  • Deering peghead shape
  • Planetary tuners
  • Warm brown stain
  • Capoing spikes on frets 7,9 & 10
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Deering Goodtime 2 Classic 5-String Banjo + National Finger Pick & Thumb Pick Set - Black - Medium + Ant Hill Music Pick + Neotech 5701002 Super Banjo Strap, Black
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 38 x 13.9 x 4.2 inches ; 5.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0026P3U4U
  • Item model number: Goodtime 2 Classic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,406 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2009

Product Description

The American-made Goodtime 2 Classic banjo by Deering is an enhanced version of the ultra-popular Goodtime 2 Banjo. The Goodtime 2 Classic features a Deering shaped peghead, a warm brown stain with an elegant satin finish, planetary tuners and capoing spikes under the fifth string at frets 7,9 & 10. The rim is three-ply maple with a maple neck and the metal parts are nickel plated. The top frosted Deering head is 11 inch, high crown. The resonator helps project the sound forward for more power and drive desired by bluegrass and other styles of picking.


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I purchased this banjo for the weight, and for the quality I'd only heard about.
C. D. Potter
It is just a really well-made instrument and the sound was great right from the beginning.
A. M. Bauer
If you have the money and can afford one of Deerings Professional Line models, go for it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Bauer on March 13, 2011
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I am a beginning banjo player and, after doing some research, decided that I wanted to invest in an American-made banjo. The Goodtime series has an excellent reputation as a good beginner's banjo and when I saw Amazon's price for this upgraded model, I jumped at it. The banjo has not disappointed in any way. The level of craftsmanship compared to a few other beginner banjos I had looked at in various guitar shops is obvious from the moment you open the box. It is just a really well-made instrument and the sound was great right from the beginning. The planetary tuners have made it easy to keep in perfect tune and I rarely have to make adjustments--a common frustration myself and other friends have had in starting out on cheaper instruments. I have only been playing for about 3 weeks, but it has been a very positive experience thanks to this instrument.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Potter on March 30, 2012
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EDITED NOTES<<<<<<<<<< Please read the review through to see that I do recommend this banjo. However, the price was $549 when I purchased it. For the price over 720 now I would recommend the RK-35 which has full tone ring and beats other banjos in the 1000-2000 range. Just want folks to know the price has jumped more than 150 in the last few months. EDITED NOTES>>>>>

This banjo is everything the original Goodtime banjos are and much more. The extras include planetary tuners (compare headstock photos), a more traditional banjo headstock design, spikes for capoing at the 7th, 9th, and 10th frets pre-installed. The color is a beautiful dark stain,(which is one major reason I purchased this one), and the neck has side dots for reference marked now.

The LOOK - This banjo is attractive, much more than the original goodtime. I never liked the blonde look of the original and this one is fabulous. I like the dark 'chocolate' stain and combined with the maple wood it looks gorgeous! The peghead is also traditional banjo shape instead of the square box of the original (again, compare photos). The tailpiece, tuners, head and all are attractive and give the appearance of a high dollar quality banjo.

The SOUND - This banjo sounds awesome. The resonator gives it a bit more volume than the original, and holds back a bit from being the 'special' (tone ring) offered also in the goodtime lineup. But make no mistake about the sound, it is an awesome sound. And I've been told the maple rim continues to develop better sound the more it is played, a common thought of quality musical instruments. Out of the box I was very impressed with the banjo and will do my own setup later to tweak all I can get out of it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2012
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This is not my first banjo. This is my first good quality banjo. It was obvious as soon as I took it out of the box.
It showed up in perfect condition. The woodwork is quality and looks great. I like the dark stain and satin finish.
I tuned it and as soon as I started playing, I noticed the clear bright tone. Each note rings true and there are no strange vibrations included that my other, more cheaply made banjos had in the past.

Since I got this, I felt good about devoting a lot of time practicing and playing it. It stays in tune with the usual minor adjustments. The hardware, planetary tuners and such are all good quality too.

I like the capo spikes. I can tune to the popular keys with ease.

I did have a chance to call Deering Customer Service with some questions I had. It was nice to find out that they were able to answer my questions, not make me feel like an idiot and they were very friendly too.

I am still a novice and still learning a lot. The neck shape and action on this instrument makes it a lot easier to learn and play and take a lot less effort than the ones I had in the past.

If you have the money and can afford one of Deerings Professional Line models, go for it.

I didn't have that much money. However, I am perfectly happy playing this one for ever how many years it takes for me to save for the step up.

I highly recommend the Deering Goodtime 2 Classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jesse 13 on October 25, 2011
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Don't be scared by the "beginner banjo" thing. This is an amazing banjo, I've had people with 20+ years of banjo play it and say how great it is. I looked at a few other banjos with more ornate features but I decided to go with a banjo that puts the money in the wood and quality not fancy inlays. If you're looking for a banjo that's going to last, go with this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivier Sutter on September 21, 2011
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I'm a beginner and got this banjo today. It is sturdy and looks beautiful. I was and still am amazed at the volume and the authenticity of the sound - My first piece "Cripple Creek" really starts right away sounding like it's supposed to! I love that thing! I was, however, very irritated to find a booklet with advice from L. Ron Hubbard enclosed; oviously the owners of Deering are that much into Scientology *ugh*. Next time, I would therefore opt for another brand!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Addict on July 11, 2012
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Great banjo for some one who needs a professional quality banjo for a cheap price. Its incredibly louder and more easy to play than any banjo within its price range. All the parts on it are top quality. I recommend you also purchase a mute its so loud. One of the main selling points for this banjo is it's hand made by deering banjos in San Diego Ca. I highly Reccomend this banjo to any beginner or expert picker. Its a great loud true American instrument.
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