Artisan Goodtime Special Banjo

$1,199.00 $1,059.00

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting.

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About this Banjo

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting.

The Artisan Goodtime Special has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Artisan Goodtime Special can be heard with a sweet voice with sustain that compliments all the instruments in a band. Tuned to an open G Chord, with the spikes already installed, you can easily play in other keys.

The stunning new Artisan Goodtime banjos epitomizes Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could. Pearloid vintage artisan style inlays pop off the new Midnight Maple fingerboard, while the peg head is adorned with a beautifully engraved design.

The Artisan Goodtime Special banjo is an achievement in keeping the cost down while providing an instrument that will stay in tune and perform reliably because it is made with precision by skilled American craftsmen. Made efficiently at our factory in Spring Valley (San Diego area of California), this is a comfortably playable banjo with a wonderfully bright tone. It is a solid dependable instrument that is immensely playable with excellent tonality and clarity.

Banjo Specifications

Neck:

  • Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained A Rich Brown
  • Vintage Artisan Style Inlays
  • Goodtime Logo Engraved On Peghead
  • Deering Peghead shape
  • Planetary Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Spikes installed at 7th, 9th, & 10th frets

Pot:

  • 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown
  • Patented Goodtime Tone Ring
  • 11″ Frosted Top Head
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • A Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • 16 Bracket Shoes
  • 16 Flat Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
  • Adjustable Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Nickel Plated Armrest
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Openback

Resonator:

  • Maple Resonator Stained Rich Brown
  • Black Binding
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Comes with a Triangle Box/Case
  • Gig Bag or Hardshell Case is priced separately

Tone:

  • Has a clear and bright sound of maple.
  • Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

Tuned:

  • G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning
  • Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
  • Comes from the factory with light gauge strings: 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10

Dimensions:

  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″,
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
  • Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 37.5″
  • Weight Approx. 6.5 lbs

Warranty:

  • The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a 6 year warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.

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  • 5th String Railroad Spike Capos – FREE
    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.
  • Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack – FREE
    We can send along with your banjo a Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack for free. This includes a strap, DVD, and tuner and picks.
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Weight 6 lbs
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