Deering Goodtime Special Leader Souther Queen 'Frost Top Frailer' Open Back Specification:
Excellent for all styles, old time, clawhammer, frailing and even bluegrass!
It is an excellent natural maple open back banjo with Deering patent pending 20/10 tone ring. It has Deering railroad capo spikes fitted at the 7th, 9th and 10th frets to easy key changes for different songs and tunes. It is fitted with a Deering frosted top head and USA ‘No-Knot’ tailpiece to give you that clear gentle, full depth of tone that is favoured by Old Time artists.
Also fitted to this excellent Old Time banjo is a set of hand-crafted Eagle-Puretone strings with phosphor bronze wound 3rd and 4th strings. It is a mid-weight and easy to handle and carry for travelling if needed. The three ply solid violin maple rim is the same quality as found on pre-war Mastertone banjos.
Jens Kruger played this banjo at our ‘Banjo 1000’ event and commented ‘This banjo has great tone and playability, it has the classic sound for old time music’.
The Deering Goodtime Special Leader Open Back has amazing volume and quality of tone. The addition of the Deering tone ring gives you extra power and clarity of sound. We set up each banjo with a precise action and supply to you in standard ‘G’ tuning.
All Deering Goodtime ‘Leader’ Banjos are unique and exclusive to Eagle Music UK, they are upgraded Goodtime banjos that are built by the same Craftsmen, and with the same care and tooling that is used for building the top of the line USA Deering, Vega and Tenbrooks Banjos. Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo!
Here are some of the high quality build specifications of this fine Deering banjo:
- Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
- Deering railroad capo spikes fitted at the 7th, 9th and 10th frets
- Planetary, precision geared, back facing traditional banjo tuning pegs
- Geared 5th String Tuner
- Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead
- Engraved Deering Goodtime Eagle ‘Leader’ logo on headstock
- Fiddle shaped headstock
- Black side dot neck position markers
- Exotic hardwood ‘Bow Tie’ fret inlays
- Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
- No-Knot USA Old Time tailpiece
- Fitted with the Deering patent pending 20/10 steel tone ring
- Steel Tension Hoop
- Three ply solid violin maple rim
- Fitted with a Deering White Frosted Top 11" High Crown Banjo Head
- 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
- 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
- 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
- Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
- Deering Vega Style Armrest
- Nickel Plated Hardware
- Set up with 10, 12, 16w, 24w, 10 Phosphor Bronze wound 3rd and 4th strings
- Durable Satin Finish
- Open Back:
Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.
g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″
Rim Diameter 11″
Overall Instrument Length 37 1/2″
Weight Approx.6.5 lbs
Deering 6 year warranty. The trust and pride that Deering share in their products gives them the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a six year warranty ensuring the quality of materials and workmanship.
Supplied complete with a Deering Goodtime Triangle Presentation Box for Carrying and a Deering Goodtime Maintenance Manual
Gig Bag or Hardshell Case Sold Separately
More Deering Specification detail:
The Pot Assembly…
The Three Ply solid violin maple rim is built from solid red maple (as used on pre-war classic Mastertone banjos)... The rim diameter is 279.40mm (11”) and a thickness of 14.28mm (9/16”). The maple rim is fitted with a heavy 1/8" steel Deering 20/10 steel tone ring and produces a powerful, bright, clear Deering warm sound. 16 bracket hooks are fitted to give even tension on the tension hoop. The tailpiece is a USA Old Time No Knot type that accepts loop-ended string. All metal work is nickel plated to a high standard. An 11” diameter Deering White Frosted Top head is fitted along with an ebony tipped 15.87mm (5/8”) Deering Goodtime maple bridge. The solid maple rim is natural satin finished. Complete with nickel plated armrest.
The Neck Assembly…
The neck is attached to the pot assembly with a single lag bolt and a single coordinating rim rod, which give you the facility to alter the ‘action’ of the banjo to suit your particular style of playing relative to the strings of your choice. The neck is constructed from solid rock maple. The 22-fret fingerboard is inlaid with exotic Hardwood Bow Tie inlays at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th frets. The nickel silver fretwork is perfectly positioned, rounded and polished for smooth playing. Black side dot position markers are fitted for ease of playing.
The geared 5th string tuner is adjacent the 5th fret. The nut is precisely cut and filed for a comfortable string action at the first position. The 5th string tuning peg has a screw to adjust the torque for positive tuning. The Traditional Fiddle Shaped Peg Head (headstock) is finished in natural satin maple stained the name Leader Logo and ‘Goodtime’ is laser etched along with a Deering Star with the following inscription ‘Made In USA’. The Planetary Geared Tradititonal Banjo tuners are nickel plated to match the hardware of the pot assembly. The neck is natural satin finished, to match the rim.
Each banjo we supply is individually set up in our on-site Banjo Specialist Workshop here at Eagle Music. Any Banjo purchased from Eagle will be fully SET UP, checked for intonation and playability and tuned ready for playing straight out of the box!