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Deering Goodtime Fretless and Scooped Openback Banjo

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The Deering Goodtime Fretless banjo is fitted with modern head, tuners and bridge, having none of the quirky setup and tuning issues of the 19th century banjos. For those players who want an authentic old time banjo sound and understand the idea of a fretless instrument, this one is for you.

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjos - The Twelfth Fret

   Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjo

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjos - The Twelfth Fret

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjo

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjos - The Twelfth Fret

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjo

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjos - The Twelfth Fret

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjo

 
 

The Goodtime Fretless banjo offer rock-solid tuning and are structurally built to handle steel strings.

 

NECK:

  • Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • Fretless
  • Scooped Neck
  • Hardwood Bow Tie Inlays
  • 5th String Nut
  • Sealed Geared Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead

POT:

  • 11″ Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 11″ Frosted Top High Crown Head
  • 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Durable Satin Finish

DIMENSIONS:

  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2″

TUNED:

G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning.
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

STRINGS:

Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings

 

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjo with Gut String Conversion:

$799. (case not included)

Banjo players are fascinated by Fretless banjos of the 19th century. These banjos were strung with gut strings and had a smooth, bare fretboard much like a violin.  Converting a fretted banjo to gut-string offers that old-time, Civil War era tone and plunkiness without the tuning grief of playing fretless banjo. It’s perfect for players looking for a classic 19th century tone, and for finger-stylists who require the intonation that one expects in a modern banjo.

The nut is shimmed to raise action in the first position; soft nylon strings need higher action to clear the first fret. The slots are re-cut to accommodate the thicker nylon strings. A bone 5th string nut is fabricated and installed to get adequate open-string height on the 5th string. We restring with nylon strings and setup at action appropriate for gut strings. Our results are with Aquila Nylgut classical Banjo strings. 


Deering Goodtime Options: 

No charge for Tenor, Plectrum and left handed versions.

 
 

Price: $699.00 CAD
  • Year: Current
  • Class: New
  • Condition: Brand New

  • Not Consignment

  • Instrument Weight: 4.5lbs
  • Scale Length: 26 1/4in
  • Nut Width: 1 1/4in

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