Bill Evans demos Deering’s affordable, high-quality five-string banjo.
by Bill Evans
January 18, 2016
When Deering introduced its Goodtime banjo several years ago, the company set a new standard for affordable, entry-level banjos, with the kind of craftsmanship and tone that had previously only been found in more expensive banjos. The Goodtime line now includes models of almost every kind of banjo, but the original Goodtime banjo, played here by Peghead Nation banjo instructor Bill Evans, has a simple open-back design. The pot has a three-ply, violin-grade maple rim, and the Goodtime banjo is outfitted with a standard 11-inch head. The neck is also made of maple, and easy-to-tune geared tuners adorn the peghead. While the Goodtime banjo has a simple design, it offers professional-level playability, great tuning stability, and great tone, making it an excellent choice for beginning players as well as those looking for a second instrument.
SPECS: Open-back banjo. 11-inch pot with three-ply maple rim. Frosted top, high-crown head. Maple neck with 22 frets. Enclosed chrome geared tuning machines. Made in USA. $499. deeringbanjos.com.
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