About this banjo
Unveiling a refreshed take on Deering’s top-selling resonator banjo, the Goodtime Two Deco banjo draws inspiration from the iconic American Art Deco era of the 1920s, spotlighting a unique inlay pattern and detailed peghead etchings. Its hardware gleams with a stunning US Bronze powder finish that’s not just hypoallergenic but also resistant to tarnishing. Equipped with a resonator to amplify the sound, this banjo promises a louder and more vibrant tone compared to its counterpart, the Goodtime openback. Weighing under 6 lbs, it’s travel-friendly and ensures you’ll shine in your next musical gathering. Ideal for those seeking that extra volume boost.
Three years after the Goodtime banjo revolutionized the banjo world, it was only natural that customers began asking for a Goodtime banjo with a resonator. They wanted a banjo that was as fantastic to play as the Goodtime, but that could compete in volume and projection in a jam setting. And if there is one thing Deering does well, it is to listen to the customer! So in 1999, the Goodtime Two banjo was born!
The Goodtime Two is similar to the Goodtime Openback, featuring a natural blonde maple vibe with a satin finish to protect it. The heart of the Goodtime Two is the same 3-ply violin-grade maple rim, which when paired with the 3-ply resonator, produces a rich, golden tone and offers a significant increase in volume from its openback counterpart.
This is because any sound from the back is now not being absorbed by your body. Instead, the hard, concave surface of the resonator is providing a surface for the sound to bounce off and forward, projecting through the soundholes of the nickel-plated flange that surrounds the rim.
Furthermore, the Goodtime Two stands at approximately 6 lbs, akin to a guitar’s weight. If you’re in search of an affordable bluegrass banjo for travel or relaxation that is both authentic in play and resilient, the Goodtime Two is your match.
Staying true to the Goodtime legacy, the Goodtime Two is meticulously crafted in our singular facility in San Diego, CA, emphasizing playability, sound clarity, and cost-effectiveness.
- Neck Wood: Rock Maple
- Neck Shape: Comfortable “D” Shape
- Stain: None
- Finish: Satin
- Nut Width: 1 1/4″
- Nut Material: Lexan Polycarbonate
- Tuners: Sealed Geared Tuners
- 5th String Tuner: Goodtime Geared 5th String Tuner
- Frets: 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
- Rim: 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
- Rim Diameter: 11″
- Tone Ring:
- Head: 11″ Top Frosted High Crown
- Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
- Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
- Flange: Two Piece Goodtime Series Flange
- Armrest: Goodtime Armrest
- Hardware Plating: US Bronze Powder Finish
- Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
- Finish: Satin
- Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4″
- Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4″
- Rim Diameter: 11″
- Overall Instrument Length: 38″
- Weight Approx.: 6 lbs
- Resonator Wood: 3-Ply Poplar/Poplar/Maple
- Resonator Finish:
- Resonator Sidewalls: Straight
- Resonator Diameter: 13 7/8″
- Resonator Stain: None
Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Strings
String gauges: 10, 11, 13, 21w, 10
Comes tuned: G, D, G, B, D
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Gig bags and hardshell cases available for purchase.
The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a Six Year Warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.
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