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Deering Goodtime Special Openback Banjo


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Deering Goodtime Special Openback Banjo - The Twelfth Fret

Special means it has our patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring – The Goodtime Special Openback banjo produces a more powerful and brighter tone because it is made with Deering patented steel tone ring. There is some remarkable tonal magic going on here: The new steel tone ring combined with the unique Goodtime flange and red maple rim is the perfect combination for a classic professional Bluegrass tone.

Players often ignore the importance of the rim when shopping for a banjo; granted the tone ring is important but rim is of almost equal importance to the final tone ( and couple that to the flange, tension hoop and overall setup for the final tonal results).

This is the lowest priced Deering banjo made with a tone ring. The openback style makes it suitable for clawhammer or frailing styles of playing, while the increased brightness and volume is a wonderful surprise to players who play in the more traditional bluegrass style of play. The Deering Goodtime Special Openback offers a louder projection and clarity from the tone ring of a full bodied tone.

Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings

Deering Goodtime Special Openback Banjo - The Twelfth Fret

Why Teachers Love This Banjo

Teachers look critically at a banjo because they want their students to be successful. Viewed from a teacher’s eye, he/she requires a banjo to be constructed with musical accuracy, ease of playability, adjustability, and durability. These are the reasons that teachers recommend the Goodtime banjo.

  • Rich Musical Tone and Accuracy
  • Ease Of Play
  • Easy To Maintain

Deering Goodtime Special Openback Banjo Specifications :


  • Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Hardwood Bow Tie Inlays
  • Sealed Geared Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead


  • 11″ Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring
  • 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


  • 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″
  • Weight Approx. 6.5 lbs


Price: $1,338.00 CAD
  • Model: Goodtime Special Openback
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Natural Satin
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 17/09/2018

  • Not Consignment

  • Instrument Weight: 5lbs
  • Scale Length: 26.25in 666.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.25in 31.7mm
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