About this banjo
The Goodtime Special, renowned for its tone ring and resonator, debuts a revamped aesthetic drawn from the iconic American Art Deco era of the 1920s. This is evident in its unique inlay pattern and meticulous peghead carvings. The hardware proudly dons a striking US Bronze powder finish, which besides being hypoallergenic, remains untarnished. With its steel Goodtime tone ring and resonator, this banjo exudes a sound that’s bright, clear, and resonant – a perfect fit for bluegrass melodies. True to our commitment, this banjo is handcrafted in the U.S.A. by artisans with a deep passion for banjo-making.
Whenever you see the word “Special” on the peghead of a Goodtime banjo, it means that the banjo has a Patented “Goodtime Special” tone ring under the hood!
The Goodtime Special Tone Ring, all of which are rolled and finished in-house at our San Diego factory, produces a powerfully crisp, bright, sparkling tone. The volume of tone is a wonderful surprise to players who hear each note ring out beautifully, and project forward thanks to the combination of the tone ring and the 3-ply maple resonator, cutting through the mix.
In keeping with the Goodtime Blonde Series, the Goodtime Special features a natural blonde maple finish, 14:1 guitar-style tuners, hardwood inlays quiet metal, and US Bronze powder finished hardware.
If you’re looking for a professional-grade banjo with serious volume and tone, and you are looking to keep the cost as low as possible, then this is the banjo for you. The Goodtime Special banjo will perform well in a jam session, band setting, or in a recording studio. It will feel comfortable, fret correctly, and be a stable instrument you can play for years to come.
This is a fantastic banjo for bluegrass banjo playing.
- 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: Patented Goodtime Special Steel Tone Ring
- Head: 11″ Top Frosted High Crown
- Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
- Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks and 9/32″ Hex Nuts
- Flange: Two Piece Goodtime Series Flange
- Armrest: 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: 11″
- Overall Instrument Length: 38″
- Weight Approx.: 5.5 lbs
- Resonator Wood: 3-Ply Poplar/Poplar/Maple
- Resonator Finish: Satin
- 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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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.