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Deering Goodtime 5-String Banjo

For a good time, grab this Deering and let the 5-string banjo tone ring out.


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MSRP: Old Price $579.00 Discounted Price $499.00 Save : $80.00 (14%)
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MSRP: Old Price $579.00 Discounted Price $499.00 Save : $80.00 (14%)
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This banjo is super easy to play and great for banjo enthusiasts of all ages. Featuring lightweight open back design, superb build, and Deering quality appointments, this banjo brings the 5-string tone home at a great price.

Lightweight Open Back Design
Ideal for children, thanks to its lightweight design, the Deering Goodtime sports an open back. Weighing at only 4 pounds, the Goodtime can travel anywhere, bringing great sound with it. The 11" 3-ply violin grade maple exhibits quality above its price range, and gives this banjo a great sound and look that will provide endless playing fun.

Superb Build
This Deering has some great build features which showcase its quality. The maple rim is lined with Deering J-Hooks, which increase stability by using a wider top—so they won't twist off the tension hoop when you tighten the head. To increase the strength of the open back design, the Goodtime banjo sports a quiet coordinator rod. Constructed from special alloy, this stabilizing piece doesn't inhibit the reverberation of the maple rim. The neck of this Deering also features a high quality maple. The dense hardwood makes for a stable top and gives a crisp tonal quality across the neck.  

Deering Quality Appointments
The Goodtime also has some real quality appointments to top off its great design. Sealed gear tuners sit atop the headstock, keeping the tune of the banjo in check and making it easy and quick to adjust. The Goodtime sports a Smile Bridge—ebony topped maple which assists in the clear response of the instrument. The strings flow over the bridge and are secured with a Quiet Tailpiece, crafted specifically to do its job without creating any additional noise.


  • 11" 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple 5-String Banjo
  • Open Back Design with Quiet Coordinator Rod
  • High Quality Maple Neck and 22-Fret Fretboard
  • Smile Bridge with Quiet Tailpiece
  • Sealed Gear Tuners
  • Case Not Included

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Great buy. Highly recommended


Great sound, stays in tune, easy handling, fantastic instrument.



I love this banjo.


I like its sound. It is quite playable.



Great beginner/intermediate banjo


This is a great beginner to intermediate banjo. I chose this Goodtime banjo over the Goodtime 2 as a personal preference-- I'm not as fond of the metallic echo of a resonator--and it still projects plenty loud. Easy playability and pretty solid construction.


San Diego


I would not hesitate to buy it again, or recommend it.


I am agaiin enjoying playing banjo after 6 years. This Deering is far better than my old banjos!


Hendersonville NC




Awesome banjos. It said it was used but to me it looks and seems brand new. Love it.


Brooklyn, NY


Great value!


Since I'm a new banjo player, it's tough to provide a true evaluation but this Deering banjo sounds great to me!


Estes Park, Colorado


Goodtime banjo


purchased my Goodtime banjo from Sam Ash because of the best price and the reputation. Got more than I was expecting, great banjo all set up, fast shipping . Very happy with transaction. I will now always check with Sam Ash Music before I look anywhere else.


Santa Barbara, CA




Got my banjo on time and as promised, nicely pkgd and in PERFECT condition.

Nu tu banjo

Bend, OR


Great Banjo!


The banjo arrived early and in great condition!


Queens, NY


Great sounding light weight banjo.


Great price and service too!




Goodtime 5-String Banjo

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Warranty Info:

Goodtime 5-String Banjo

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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