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Deering Goodtime 2 Classic 5-String Banjo

4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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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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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.

Product Information

Item Weight 5.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 38 x 13.9 x 4.2 inches
Shipping Weight 13 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic 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.
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ASIN B0026P3U4U
Item model number Goodtime 2 Classic
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4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #62,608 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
Date first available at Amazon.com April 1, 2009

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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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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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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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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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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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Banjos-- and stringed musical instruments-- are funny things because I think the dramatic price differences between Chinese-made instruments and American-made instruments us much more about *where* the item was made rather than the actual *quality*.

I'm a beginner banjo player and I've owned three banjos: A $350 Fender misc Chinese banjo, a $399 Deering Goodtime American open back banjo, and now this $750 Deering Goodtime 2 American resonator banjo. Of all of them, the Fender was the nicest in fit and finish. However, I'll concede the Deerings had/have a slightly better tone, but it's not dramatically better.

I like this Deering Goodtime 2, but-- for the price-- I don't love it. The finish is dull (literally a matte finish) and it's really dark. You can barely see the wood grain.

Hopefully I'll learn to love it as I play it more, but I am so far disappointed in the finish. For the price, it should look as nice as it sounds.
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