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Deering Classic Goodtime Special Openback 5-String Banjo

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The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patent pending Special tone ring set this banjo apart, The Classic Goodtime Special Openback 5-String banjo has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Classic Special can be heard with a sweet voice amongst all the instruments in a band. Tuned in a G Chord, with the spikes already installed, you can easily play in the keys of A, B or C.

The Classic Goodtime Special is an achievement not only in making a quality banjo but in keeping the cost down and providing an instrument that will stay in tune and perform reliably because it is made out of stable woods by skilled people who know how to make banjos that play right. Made with the best economy at the Deering Banjo factory in San Diego, California, this is a comfortably playable banjo with a wonderfully clear and rich tone.

Slender Rock Maple Neck
Stained a Rich Brown
White dot inlays and Detailing
Planetary Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Durable Satin Finish
Spikes installed at 7th, 9th, & 10th Frets

3 ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Stained Rich Brown
NEW Steel Goodtime Tone Ring
11” Frosted Top High Crown Head
Steel Tension Hoop
Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
16 Bracket Shoes
16 Flat Hooks and 9/32” Hex Nuts
Patented Adjustable Goodtime Tailpiece
Nickel Plated Armrest
Nickel Plated Hardware

Has a clear and bright sound of maple that projects very well. Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

G,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well. Comes from the factory with light gauge strings: 9.5,11,14, 20W, 9.5 You can use medium strings on this banjo as well.


Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4”
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4”
Overall Instrument Length 38”
Weight Approx. 8 lbs

The trust and pride Deering shares in their banjos gives them the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime Banjo a 6 year warranty ensuring the quality of their materials and workmanship. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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    Joseph C.

    Deering Classic Goodtime Special

    I had read reviews about this Goodtime openback but was not prepared for the high quality of the banjo and the great sound: clear and articulate, loud enough. Every part is well-made and well-appointed. The banjo is fairly heavy but balances well and stays in perfect position with a strap. So far it is maintaining tune very well. I am very pleased with the purchase and with the price/service from Banjo Studio. I will definitely contact them when I am ready to upgrade.