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Aug 17, 2019 - 2:37:21 PM
164 posts since 10/26/2008

Hi All,
It's come to my attention that my Deering Goodtime has no dots on the side of the neck. Don't know what year it is and if newer ones do. It's not a biggie unless I'm playing standing and can't see the fretboard that great which can be slightly annoying. Was wondering what would be a good way to mark the neck? Sharpie seems the only idea. Thanks yall and pick on
jim bob

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:05:58 PM

83 posts since 1/3/2015

I took a center punch and tapped with a hammer, which made little dents. I then took a magic marker and jabbed it ineach dent and wiped of any excess right away. All dots still there and look fine after 3 years. Quick and easy to do. I am not to worried about resale, its a lower end banjo and doin g that shouldn’t affect it much.

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:40:09 PM
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Chris Meakin


2400 posts since 5/15/2011

A slightly more tedious method I have thought of doing , but haven't actually done as yet - drill very small holes by hand (literally, use a bit between two fingers - maybe start with a super thin drill bit, then go up a few sizes in diam.?) then fill with a coloured wood putty that matches other accents on the banjo - perhaps the gold of the bowties, or a nice mahogany?

Please note, I am not a wood worker, this is just an idea I've pondered for my Goodtime. Any luthiers or other woodworkers that would like to comment about my method (good or bad) , please chime in. I'm more than willing to listen. What holds me back is the thought it will just look amateurish. Also, the wood putty may just fall out of a small hole?

Edited by - Chris Meakin on 08/17/2019 15:48:53

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:27:40 PM

164 posts since 10/26/2008

Both good ideas, thanks a lot. I love my Goodtime and honestly prefer playing it to some more expensive banjos I've had. It's easy to play to me. I know it's not a high end banjo just wish they would've thought that one through and put those dots. Thanks

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:33:36 PM

1260 posts since 4/13/2009

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:48:36 PM

4366 posts since 11/20/2004

I do the small holes and use black fingernail polish, but you could use any color, I suppose. The small bottle usually has a small brush or can dip a toothpick to fill the hole with polish.

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:27:16 PM

Jim Yates


6562 posts since 2/21/2007

I can't see the fingerboard when I play, so I need the side dots.
I have drilled small holes at the appropriate frets and filled with white putty stick on rosewood boards and black putty stick on bound boards. Not much woodworking skill required.

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:53:45 AM

161 posts since 11/13/2018

If you have some Testors model paints laying around, it also works well for filling the shallow holes you drill.

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:35:21 AM

458 posts since 7/10/2012

I have a Brooks without fret markers or side dots. I put these side dot stickers on temporarily a year or so ago and have only replaced one or two in that time.

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