I have heard over and over from people buying a banjo for the first time. “I want to buy the cheapest banjo I can buy until I know I can learn how to play”. This is the worst thing you can do. It is not good for several reasons.
It is obvious that the reason for doing this in the first place is not to invest very much money for something you might not continue to pursue. But buying the cheapest banjo possible will not prove to be a good experience in learning to play or protecting your investment. First, the instrument we are talking about will not give anyone a fair chance to learn because no matter how good you play, it still sounds horrible. Also, if you decide to sell or trade this instrument, you will not be able to sell for much at all, and no one will want to take it on trade.
Being in the music business all of my life, I have seen many people get discouraged from playing for the wrong reasons. They think they are not performing very well, and all it is most of the time is the quality of the instrument they are playing. Therefore, purchasing an instrument that will give you a fair chance to learn to play is of the upmost importance. This does not mean you have to spend a fortune on a beginner banjo.
Deering has created the ultimate banjo for beginners and beyond. The Deering Goodtime Banjo. In describing the Goodtime banjo, the first thing to know is that the heart of the banjo is the rim. This banjo has a 3-ply red maple rim. The same one used in the Deering high-end models. The rest of the construction is very solid as well. What matters most in any instrument is tone, playability and intonation. The Deering Goodtime is a success in all of these areas.
There are many different models of the Goodtime banjo that range in price from $399 to $1,099. The most popular of the Goodtime series is the Goodtime open back for $399 and the Goodtime 2 resonator model at $599. This is an incredible sounding instrument for this price range, and in many cases these banjos are far better that what you would get in some higher priced banjos. The classic series are the same banjo but with a dark stain and planetary tuning machines. The Deering Goodtime banjo will give you a great opportunity to live your dream of playing banjo. It is absolutely the best thing you can buy in this price range that will give you everything you need in becoming a great player. Also, when you get ready to trade up to a more expensive banjo, the Goodtime will hold its value extremely well.
Deering Goodtime banjos are hand built in America by people who know about banjos. All in all it’s just the right choice to make in a beginner banjo.
When you buy any banjo from us, we will professionally setup your banjo before it ships and include a free starter pack and install a free 5th string railroad spike.
Owner/President – Banjo.com
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.