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Sep 30, 2020 - 6:08:11 AM

beegee

USA

21878 posts since 7/6/2005

Picked up a virtually unplayed 2002 resonated Gumby Goodtime time the other night at a really good price. 100% unmolested, came with a nice TKL hard case.

I have never owned a Goodtime before. I have set up some and played several. This was such a good deal, I had to buy it.

The only thing wrong with it is mossy metal parts. I took the banjo apart and polished and buffed all the hardware, put it back together and set it up. Sounds good, plays great. All I really needed to do was tighten the head, change strings and adjust intonation and action. The tailpiece is not adjustable.

I am not at all impressed with Deering's hardware plating. The finish is rough and the plating is not good quality, but I guess that's why they are relatively inexpensive. The parts cleaned up OK, but they are not really shiny.

The frets were BLACK! Once I got it apart, a quick scrub with steel wool returned them to the shiny brass, No fret wear whatsoever.

The most glaring deficiency with the banjo is the resonator. It just looks cheap. The top edge is basically unfinished plywood. I may stain it black and give it some lacquer to dress it up a little.

Edited by - beegee on 09/30/2020 06:08:50

Sep 30, 2020 - 7:19:05 AM

112 posts since 2/3/2016

Awesome. I own a good time 2 and think it’s just great. I have never got to play an older Gumby style but have read that since then they have upgraded some stuff to be a little better. Mine is only a few months old but it seems well built. A Gumby will be my next purchase I love that headstock. Nice job.

Sep 30, 2020 - 11:36:53 AM

746 posts since 5/31/2004

Bob, that tailpiece might be adjustable. Is it screwed in through an oval hole?

If so. you can loosen the strings, loosen the screw and move the tailpiece up or down. If it's not an oval hole, you might be able to elongate the hole so that you can move the tailpiece to the desired position if there's enough clearance.

Oct 1, 2020 - 6:56 AM

beegee

USA

21878 posts since 7/6/2005

quote:
Originally posted by vintagetenor

Bob, that tailpiece might be adjustable. Is it screwed in through an oval hole?

If so. you can loosen the strings, loosen the screw and move the tailpiece up or down. If it's not an oval hole, you might be able to elongate the hole so that you can move the tailpiece to the desired position if there's enough clearance.


No. It just mounts on the end of the co-rod. No more adjustment than a little slop in the fit. It's OK, though

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:24:13 AM

5593 posts since 9/21/2007

For some reason I was under the impression that goodtime hardware was stainless steel and not plated. I've not looked that closely. Perhaps Janet Deering could answer as to what metal it is made from as I could not find the info in their website.

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:13:52 AM
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746 posts since 5/31/2004

Thanks, Bob. I had forgotten about the tailpiece being one of the differences between the Gumbies and the second generation Goodtimes.

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:46:11 AM

83 posts since 7/5/2010

quote:
Originally posted by vintagetenor

Thanks, Bob. I had forgotten about the tailpiece being one of the differences between the Gumbies and the second generation Goodtimes.


My Gumby Goodtime has an adjustable tailpiece.

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:52:14 AM
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Dave_C

USA

19 posts since 10/11/2019

Mine connects to the co rod as well and is not adjustable. I picked up mine on the cheap as well and did what you have to clean it up. The metal is all slightly pitted. It retains a dull look to it no matter what I have used to clean / polish it. Simicrome did nothing other than remove the dirt.

Oct 1, 2020 - 11:12:19 AM

746 posts since 5/31/2004

Oh well, it seems that Deering upgraded the tailpiece at some point.  I was thinking they did this when they redesigned the line.

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:56:50 PM

beegee

USA

21878 posts since 7/6/2005

I am actually toying with the idea of powder-coating this thing, just to make it almost interesting.

Oct 2, 2020 - 3:12:35 AM

746 posts since 5/31/2004

That would be interesting. What color(s) would you use?

Oct 10, 2020 - 4:32:58 AM

beegee

USA

21878 posts since 7/6/2005

quote:
Originally posted by vintagetenor

That would be interesting. What color(s) would you use?


I was thinking black or gold

Oct 10, 2020 - 4:36 AM

beegee

USA

21878 posts since 7/6/2005

Went on ebay and bought a set of 6, 8-32 stainless shouldered knurled thumbscrews to replace the phillips-head resonator screws on the Gumby. Big improvement.

Oct 10, 2020 - 5:59:27 AM

746 posts since 5/31/2004

Black would be a nice contrast to the tan colored rim, like on Cynthia Sayer's Ome plectrum.

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