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Deering Goodtime Special 5-String Banjo
- DIMENSIONS: Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″, Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″, Resonator diameter 13 7/8″, Overall Instrument Length 38″, Weight Approx. 8 lbs
- NECK: 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
- POT: 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, Patented Goodtime Tailpiece, 2 Piece Flange, Nickel plated Armrest, Nickel Plated Hardware
- RESONATOR: Blond Maple, Black Binding & Durable Satin Finish. This banjo consists of the best high quality wooden materials.
- TONE: 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.
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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 this is the banjo for you. 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. Tuned: 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.
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New players do yourself a favor and start with THIS banjo. If you lose interest it`ll hold most of its value. A used cheap aluminum Chinese banjo is hard to give away.
The Goodtime (4 lbs) has an open back, which is a solid banjo but it has a lower volume. The Goodtime 2 (6 lbs) adds the resonator which adds to more volume. The Goodtime Special (8 lbs) adds a tonering to the resonator for a louder, rich sound with more sustain. The Goodtime Special Classic is the same as the Special but it has a stained wood.
I chose the Goodtime Special since it was in the middle of mid-tier banjos. It has the right combination of features without breaking the bank. My choice of banjo had to be made in America, also.
Out of the box, you get the banjo. It was not tuned from where it came, which is surprising. There was a small blemish on the side of the head, which what disappointing but I didn't expect perfection of cosmetic appearances.
The neck is Rock Maple with a natural satin finish, as is the resonator. The instrument is solid, but heavy. The weight, though, gives more stability which is important when playing. The heavier weight is somewhat moot, since I am using a Neotech Banjo Strap, which markedly reduces the perceived weight.
I was disappointed that it wasn't tuned, and it sounded horrible right out of the box. Using a tuner, I got the banjo tuned in less than 5 minutes.
The sound is rich and vibrant, and it has a great volume. The action is just right, which doesn't require a lot of pressure or effort. Having tried lesser models, I was glad I chose this particular model. Although the resonator is something that CAN be removed, it is best to go with an open back if one desires that style. If you're playing out on the Crooked Road of Virginia or in a group, you'll need the resonator.
The features are excellent. I'm glad I chose this model, and I'd do it again.
Thanks, Y'all, for reading this. Two thumbs up.
After it was set up, I think think the intonation was within a couple of cents at the twelfth fret - not bad! Again, this banjo is loud and sounds good!
Some accessories I have:
5th string capo http://www.amazon.com/Shubb-FS-String-Banjo-Capo/dp/B000Y7O0Y6/ref=sr_1_4?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1392346184&sr=1-4&keywords=shubb+banjo+capo
Hercules Folk Instrument Stand http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-GS303B-FOLK-INST-Stand/dp/B001V7M7RK/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1392346379&sr=1-1&keywords=hercules+banjo
Neoprene Strap (makes it feel lighter): http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-5701002-Super-Banjo-Strap/dp/B0002E1NQ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1392346421&sr=1-1&keywords=banjo+neoprene
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My other banjo now just sits around and collects dust, and gets abused by the kids, while I pluck away on this baby and never share it.
I am so in love with this Banjo that I am saving up to buy another one, but this time the open back with a backpack for camping and stuff.
For an "entry level" banjo, you can not go wrong with this Deering Banjo, and it is made in the USA!!