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Deering Goodtime Banjo

Posted by jbrosser on Saturday, March 6, 2010

Now that I'm learning the old style banjo picking, I've been looking for an openback banjo to go with my Gold Tone BQ 250.  My searching has been quite a learning process for me.  Initially, my idea was to spend up to $1000 for as nice a banjo as I could find.  I've looked at websites and postings and have listened to I don't know how many MP3 downloads just searching for that sound that I like.  So many beautiful and quality banjos to choose from. 

My decision came after discussing the matter with a friend.  My plan is to attend the Acoustic Camp in Arlington and will be learning the old style from Dan Levenson, himself.  Can't wait.  The advice I recieved was that I should consider waiting until camp to hear the sounds of the many different banjos and then make my decision at that time.  There may, in fact, be a good deal that might present itself at the camp.  I thought that was sound advice.  With that in mind, I decided to purchase a lower cost openback that I could be learning on and can take with me to camp.  So, I ran down to our local store, Fuller Vintage Guitar, and purchased a Deering Goodtime Openback Banjo for just over $300.  I really appreciated the great help that I recieved from the folks at Fuller.

As soon as I got home, I tuned up my low cost Goodtime Banjo and began to play.  I was blown away by the beautiful sound of the Goodtime.  The sound and the volume are incredible.  The sound it makes with thee finger is just as sweet as with clawhammer.  I shared what I had purchased with Dan and was told that at camp we might be able to tweek the Goodtime a little to give it even more of that old time sound.  In the meantime, I'm just going to sit back in my rocker and pick away on my little Goodtime Openback Banjo.  Thank you Deering.

4 comments on “Deering Goodtime Banjo”

wilkesbanjo Says:
Saturday, March 6, 2010 @6:17:09 PM

Congratulations on the new Goodtime. I envy your opportunity to go to Acoustic Camp.

Gary Blanchard Says:
Saturday, March 6, 2010 @7:05:42 PM

The Goodtime was my banjo of choice for years. If they made a long-neck Goodtime I'd still be playing one. Enjoy!


Gcapo2A Says:
Monday, March 8, 2010 @1:57:37 AM

I have a Deering Goodtime classic open back back 5 string and tenor banjo. I think they will live with me for all my days. They are great banjos.

Janet Deering Says:
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 @6:59:29 AM

Congratulations on your new Goodtime banjo. I hope you enjoy playing it for many years to come.
We wish you lots of enjoyment and success playing the banjo.
Sincerely, Janet Deering

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