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Deering: Goodtime Classic

Submitted by irasmith on 1/4/2012

Where Purchased: Five Star Guitars, Hillsboro, Oregon

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 398.00 ($US)


The banjo has a really good set-up at the shop, no compaints. I think that the stained finnish mellows the tone, but I like it. Will be using the resonator plate that Deering sells to project.

Sound Rating: 10


Great set-up by 5 Star.

Setup Rating: 10


Really like the stain over the maple-blond wood. Clasic look, and the Gumby head is replaced by a nice fiddle shape, cool!

Appearance Rating: 10


Well, it is a Deering, nuf said. Yes, I would gig with it, if I did.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Five Star Guitar is a volume store, and Banjo's are not the focus of the inventory. BUT they will beat ANY price, any price, I found a good price online, and they took it! Sould not expect anyone there to speak Banjotalk, will go elsewhere for the supporting knowlage etc. But I would HIGHLY reccomend this store for those in the Portland, Beaverton area. Very friendly staff, just don't have high expectations. The new banjo has a 6 year warrenty.

Customer Service: 9


Spikes at the 7th, 9th, and 10th frets of the 5th String. Planetary Tuners. Slender Rock Maple Neck stained a Rich Brown
White dot inlays, Deering Peg head shape.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is an up-grade from a VERY basic GT I bought in 2006. I love this new banjo, it will be my travel, practice jo. Really did not consider any other banjo for my needs, and I will pass-on my older banjo to an up-and coming player, (lucky guy!)

Overall Rating: 10

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