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Starting at $44/mo

Made in USA
$579.00 $499.00

The Deering Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim. Easy to play! Durable and easy to maintain! At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently.

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Made in America. Easy to play! Durable and easy to maintain! The Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim. At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently.

Made in USA
$679.00 $599.00

The Deering Goodtime Americana is the first 5-string banjo from Deering to be fitted with their new Grand 12" rim, giving this banjo a stronger bass response and warmer tone. The fullness and warmth of the larger rim is further enhanced by the addition of a 12" Renaissance banjo head which beautifully complements the instrument both visually and sonically.

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Just like its little cousin, the Goodtime banjo, the Deering Goodtime 2 is rich on sound and value. The Goodtime 2 comes built with a resonator that gives it that bright and big bluegrass sound. Made with care and precision, it offers quality and playability in an affordable package for players of all levels.

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We probably wouldn't recommend this banjo for the player who has just taken up the banjo - but for those players who want an authentic old time banjo sound and understand the idea of a fretless instrument, this one is for you.

Made in USA
$929.00 $849.00

The Goodtime Artisan Americana™ features a 12” rim, which gives the banjo a stronger bass response and a much warmer tone. The fullness and warmth of the larger rim is further enhanced by the addition of a 12” Renaissance head which beautifully complements the banjo both visually and sonically.

Made in USA
$2,299.00 $2,069.00

Open back, 12" maple rim, maple neck with ebony fingerboard, Dobson style tone ring, antique brass hardware, wooden armrest, frailing scoop, includes hard case.

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A premium quality world class 5-string banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response. The Calico is not only beautiful, but it is also exceptionally dynamic with both powerful sound and response providing an excellent tool for all styles of music.

Since 2003, we make buying a banjo easy

Welcome to the World’s Largest Banjo Store. Yep, for almost 20 years we’ve worked with beginners and professional banjo players to provide the best selection of banjos, banjo parts, and banjo accessories. We put our customers first! You won’t find any cheaply-made instruments here just so we can get a sale. Everything we stock, we believe in.

Buying your first banjo can be overwhelming. If you are new to the wonderful world of banjos, be sure to check out our Beginner’s Buying Guide where we breakdown some of the bigger decisions like how much to spend and the differences between an openback and resonator banjo. When you know what you are looking for, chances are, you’ll find it within our wide selection of beginner banjos and banjo starter packages.

Professional players and collectors will appreciate our availability of in-stock, high end banjos. We also welcome you to come to Wedowee, Alabama to our show room where you can choose from a huge selection of banjos to try out. Jam with owner and lifelong musician, Barry Waldrep. Please make an appointment if you need to meet with Barry, his schedule gets hectic.

The best selection of American-made banjos

Banjos are synonymous with Americana and American Folk so it’s no surprise the best makers are here in the United States. The American-made banjos that we carry are built from high-quality materials by people who have dedicated their entire lives to perfecting the art of banjo building.

We value our partnerships with all of these American companies. The Deering Banjo Company recently announced that we were their No. 1 Dealer in the World and we are truly humbled. We were their first Master Dealer many years ago and our partnership continues to flourish. If you are ever out in Spring Valley, California, we recommend stopping by for a tour.

As you look through our inventory, you’ll notice a few exclusive models that are only available from Banjo.com like the Bishline Coal Dust Revenge. Barry Waldrep and Rob Bishline partnered to design and build a bluegrass workhorse at a fantastic price point.

Another maker you that we are proud to partner with is Tom Nechville of Nechville Banjos. He brings American Ingenuity to the art of building banjos and produces some of the most cutting-edge designs. He owns several patents and has even inspired new trends in the industry.

Top models for beginner players

The question we get all the time, “I’m a new player and I don’t know which model is right for me.” With so many choices, this is to be expected. If you are brand new to banjos, download our Beginner Banjo Buying Guide. Quickly though, here are a few top picks and why they stand out.

Easily our best-selling model is the Deering Goodtime Openback. It’s lightweight at 4 lbs. and the least expensive model we carry. If you are thinking you want to dabble in this instrument without investing a lot of money, this is the banjo for you.

If you’ve done a little research the you have figured out that within 5-string banjos there are two major camps, Openbacks and Resonators. Beginner players who want better projection and also want to play in the Bluegrass style will want the Deering Goodtime 2. It’s still incredibly affordable and produces a nice crisp sound.

In terms of sound or tone, banjos with a tone ring produce the warmer tones you may have heard from professionals. This heavy metal ring adds power to the instrument and a certain sound that is truly unique. Not ready to drop thousands on professional banjo with a tone ring? It’s ok, you’re in luck. The Goodtime Special has a patented Steel Goodtime Tone Ring.

Are you planning on playing on stage or in a band? You’ll want to get something you can plug into an amp which is generally a Goodtime Acoustic/Electric. Keep in mind, any banjo can be an electric banjo with the addition of a Kavanjo™ Pickup System.

Best selection for professional players

It’s true, players fly in from all over the world to try out our huge collection of professional banjos. No one stocks high-end models like we do. Try out the Deering Calico or Deering Clawgrass and truly get a sense of the playability and tone. We also stock Vega, Bishline, and Nechville banjos. Since many of these high-end models are customized, the floor model that we have in stock might not be exactly what you are looking for. We can work with you and the banjo maker to get exactly what you want and at the best price. Delivery times will vary depending on banjo maker, but generally 6-8 weeks is all it takes to build something to your exact specifications.

Best deals on banjos

We go above and beyond to make sure our customers are getting the best deals on new banjos. Our banjos are priced at the minimum advertised price or MAP. This is the lowest that we are allowed to price them at. All banjos include free shipping to the Continental U.S. with competitive rates offered Worldwide and to Alaska and Hawaii.

Finance your banjo through Affirm and get low monthly payments. On each banjo model page, you can prequalify to your payment terms including interest rate without harming your credit score. Credit availability is subject to third-party credit check that we are not involved with. We do not save your personal financial information.

In addition to the lowest prices and free shipping, we offer free spiking. Every banjo we sell is professionally setup, tuned, and carefully inspected prior to shipping. When your banjo arrives, it is ready to play. The bridge is in the correct position, the head is at the proper tension, and the banjo should be in tune or very close. Not many shops have a lifelong banjo player available to play each banjo and listen for tone.

Each banjo also comes with a free starter pack. You’ll receive picks, a tuner, and a strap. There is also a DVD with lessons and a coupon to redeem a free 6-week video tutorial series taught by a Master Banjo Instructor. Everything you need to start learning and playing your instrument is in the box!

If you have any questions or there are any issues with your banjo, you can pick up the phone and talk to a real person. Excellent customer service is important to us and it is the reason we are still around after almost 20 years. We are a small family shop passionate about what we do. The positive comments and reviews we receive regularly put a big smile on our faces.

I would recommend them to anyone and everyone

Fantastic banjos sold by fantastic people. I have bought two banjos from Banjo.com and about to buy my third from them. These guys are just great people to go business with; knowledge, banjo players themselves, and just super nice. I do business with them because they are not just looking to sell my any banjo. They provide great input based upon what I want and need; not just what cost the most. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone interested in getting a banjo.

Eric Reese

Highly recommend them to others

Barry at Banjo.com helped me make a great choice on purchasing a new banjo. He answered my emails and phone calls promptly. After a few conversations I went with his newly designed Bish Line Coal Dust. I ordered it and he kept me updated on its progress. It arrived in perfect condition and it's even nicer than he described. I will keep Banjo.com at the top of my list for any future purchases and would highly recommend them to others. Thank you again to Barry and his staff.

Tim Coyne

I couldn't be more pleased with this lovely instrument and the customer service

I recently purchased a Deering Sierra mahogany open back banjo from Banjo.com. Since I live in north Georgia, only two and one-half hours from the home of Banjo.com, I was able to visit the Banjo Barn where Barry give me the opportunity to "test drive" several banjos and he assisted me in narrowing down to my final choice. I must say, I couldn't be more pleased with this lovely instrument and the customer service I received from Barry and Banjo.com. Thank you!

Sam Gullion

Best selling Deering Banjos

Made in USA
$2,559.00 $2,299.00

Deering's newest professional grade openback 5-string banjo. The Eagle II™ banjo is a whole new breed of banjo. It features the ground breaking, patent pending Twenty-Ten™ Tone Ring which is a completely original Deering design that gives the banjo an extremely clear tone.

Made in USA
$2,599.00 $2,339.00

The Boston 6 String banjo is tuned like a guitar so guitar players can instantly start playing this type of banjo. It has big resonant bass notes that you don't find on a 5-string banjo, and also crisp highs for that beautiful banjo tone.

Made in USA

The Eagle II, popularized by Mumford & Son's Winston Marshall, is Deering's most-affordable, professional-grade resonator 5-string banjo. The Eagle II banjo is a whole new breed of banjo.

Made in USA
$2,999.00 $2,699.00

Our most popular professional grade banjo for almost 30 years. We are proud to manufacture the Sierra as affordably as possible and still retain all of the high end features that affect the tone and playability.

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*We can add these as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. When you add this banjo to your cart just select that you want the capos. What is this? When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.

Barry Waldrep
Owner, Banjo.com

The owner of Banjo.com is professional musician Barry Waldrep. Barry has toured professionally for the past 30 years. Raised on traditional Bluegrass, and a forerunner on the Jam Band circuit. He has toured and recorded with many artists such as The Zac Brown Band, Randy Travis, Joey & Rory and also has performed with bluegrass greats like John Cowan, Tony Trischka, Scott Vestal & Tony Rice. Read more.

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