Are you a beginner banjo player? Are you thinking about learning to play this amazing instrument? Here is our hand-picked selection of beginner banjos, priced for the beginner banjo player. Learning to play the banjo is rewarding and something you can enjoy at any point in life. We sell plenty of resources to help you get started; everything from DVDs, books, and training aids.
Choose from many models like the popular Deering Goodtime, Recording King R-35, or Deering Goodtime Americana. We offer a low price guarantee on every banjo – if you find a lower price we will match it! Since 2003, Banjo.com has sold banjos to beginner banjo players around the world. Every banjo we ship is professionally set up by banjo experts. We welcome questions and invite you to download our Beginner Banjo Buying Guide if you aren’t sure which beginner banjo is best for you. Use our contact form or call 678-488-BANJO to speak with a banjo expert.
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.
The Goodtime Banjo Beginner Package includes a Goodtime banjo, a Deering gig bag, banjo strap, picks, tuner, and a beginner DVD. This package includes everything needed to successfully get started playing the banjo! Including the perfect light weight (4 lb) Goodtime banjo that you can take with you when you travel.
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.
Learn to play old time Appalachian banjo. Featuring the brand new Goodtime Americana banjo, you’ll learn to play old time tunes in the clawhammer style.
Includes a Goodtime Two banjo, a Deering gig bag, banjo strap, picks, tuner, and a beginner DVD. This package includes everything needed to successfully get started playing the banjo! Including the perfect light weight Goodtime banjo that you can take with you when you travel.
An oustanding value! With the addition of the all-new Madison RK-R35, banjo players have an option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and flange. Includes a hardshell case.
Quality Beginner Banjos.
It is important to assess quality when buying a banjo for any learning level, but it is most critical for beginners to start with a well-crafted instrument. Our curated beginner banjo starter kits are sure to get you off to the best start possible. For each beginner bundle you have your choice of either a clawhammer or bluegrass Learn to Play DVD, a strap, picks, and optional free 5th string railroad spike installation.
Which Banjo is right for me?
The Classic Banjo Sound: The Deering Goodtime makes the perfect starter banjo for children and adults. At just 4 pounds, it is easy to take your performance on the road, or for you child to tote their instrument to their banjo lessons. The Deering Goodtime has a violin quality maple rim, open back, and beautiful satin finish blonde maple neck. It’s the quintessential classic banjo.
If you are more interested in maximizing your value while maintaining a traditional banjo sound, the Madison RK R-36 from Recording King is what we recommend. The rosewood neck, and hand-rubbed satin finish provide the look of a professional while maintaining the comfort and excellent sound well above it’s pay grade.
Popular Bluegrass Tone: The Deering Goodtime 2 will project a bluegrass sound due to the maple resonator on the back, as well as the birch and maple rim. The Goodtime 2 clocks in at 6 pounds, about the weight of a guitar, but is still easily transported.
Powerfully Bright Tone: The Goodtime Speical boasts a Goodtime tone ring that has a bell like tone that is loud, crisp, and clear. The sound quality of the Goodtime Special is hard to beat.
All the brands we sell on Banjo.com are held to the highest standard in production and sound quality. If you are still stuck on which to choose here are some additional features to help you find the right fit.
Small hands? Look for a low-profile neck, which makes playing chords and fretting easy such as in the Deering Goodtime & Goodtime 2. Also featured in these models is a single coordinating rod to make adjusting string height a breeze.
Left-handed? Most of our beginner banjos are available in left-handed orientation. All Deering Goodtime models come in both right and left-handed orientations.
Looking for something made in the USA? Goodtime by Deering models are produced 100% in the USA and include a limited 6-year warranty.
Once you have found the beginner banjo that is right for you, our Parts & Accessories pages can guide you on how to protect your new banjo and keep it in great condition. We also sell plenty of essential accessories and resources such as picks, strings, straps, bridges, heads, and cases to ensure you are completely set up to play the minute your banjo arrives.
Every banjo we ship has been professionally setup by banjo experts. We welcome questions if you aren’t sure which beginner banjo is best for you. Use our contact form or call 678-488-BANJO.