About this banjo
The Goodtime Americana Deco banjo, with its 12” rim, unveils a fresh design inspired by the American Art Deco era from the 1920s, marked by an elegant hardwood inlay pattern and detailed peghead carvings. The hardware showcases a captivating US Bronze powder finish that’s not only hypoallergenic but also resistant to tarnishing. Further enhanced with a snug armrest, this banjo stays true to its U.S.A. origins. Thanks to its 12” rim and renaissance head, the instrument emits a richer, warmer sound with pronounced bass tones, making it ideal for traditional banjo tunes and complementing vocal performances.
In the 10 years since its release, the Americana has cemented itself as a firm favorite for players looking for a warmer, deeper tone, thanks to its wider 12″ rim.
Think of the rim as a speaker cone. Bass speakers tend to be wider, for lower frequencies, whereas mid and high-frequency speakers tend to be smaller. The bano head works in a similar way, giving the Americana a stronger bass response and a much fuller and warmer tone.
This is further enhanced by the addition of a 12” renaissance head which beautifully complements the banjo both visually and sonically while offering a warmer tonal color to the more common white frosted top heads.
Made in America and built around the long standing Goodtime Principles, the Americana is a superb option for clawhammer players and beginners alike.
The Goodtime Americana Deco retains the distinctive natural blonde Goodtime aesthetics and features 14:1 guitar style tuners, and a rock maple neck, but now features US Bronze powder finished hardware, and new Art Deco inspired hardwood inlays.
Played with an old time style technique, the Americana is reminiscent of banjos from a period when larger rims were more prevalent which makes the 12” a great setup for playing old time music.
The wonderfully laid back sound of the Americana lends itself perfectly for musicians looking to use the banjo to back up a vocalist or another instrument, instead of playing the lead instrument role.
- Neck Wood: Rock Maple
- Neck Shape: Comfortable “D” Shape
- Stain: Natural Maple
- 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: 12″
- Head: 12″ Renaissance Medium Crown
- Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
- Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
- Armrest: US Bronze Powder Finished Goodtime Armrest
- Hardware Plating: US Bronze Powder Finish
- Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
- Finish: Hand Rubbed Polyurethane with Carnuba Wax Finish
- Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4″
- Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4″
- Rim Diameter: 12″
- Overall Instrument Length: 37 1/2″
- Weight Approx.: 4.5 lbs
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.
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