Deering Goodtime The 'Picking Earl'

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  • Side Dot markers
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The Deering Goodtime Leader ‘Picking Earl’ has a higher specification than the standard Goodtime 2. It is fitted with planetary geared Deering classic banjo tuner pegs and black inlaid side dot neck position markers. It is Ideal for bluegrass picking and is set up with Planetary Geared Tuners and Deering 5th String Capo Spikes. Please see below for more details.
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Deering Goodtime Picking Earl Specification:

This banjo has a rock maple neck and is set up for all banjo styles. It is a fine quality closed back resonator banjo and has Deering railroad capo spikes fitted at the 7th, 9th and 10th frets to give easy key changes for different tunings. Also fitted to this great picking banjo is a set 10 gauge Deering Strings. The three ply solid violin maple rim is the same quality as found on pre-war Mastertone banjos. Excellent for playing bluegrass music or other styles, the capo spikes enable you to easily capo the 5th string and play in many different keys.

A resonator back provides more projection of sound in the Goodtime 'Picking 'Earl'. It is made in the USA, at the Deering shop with the same tooling they use to make the top of the line banjos. Greg Deering designed the Goodtime banjos because there were no low priced banjos of enough quality for people to actually learn on without difficulty or giving up. He remembers what it was like to want a good banjo and not be able to afford one, so his gift to others is the Goodtime banjo line. Designed for success, the Goodtime banjos are the lowest priced American made banjos. They are so good many professionals have recorded with Goodtime banjos.

The Goodtime Picking Earl weighs 6 lbs - about the weight of a guitar. This Goodtime banjo is built from natural blonde maple and has a satin finish to protect it. The rich, golden tone and the reverberation off the resonator sound great. You can definitely tell a volume deference between open back and a Goodtime Picking Earl. The sound waves aren't getting trapped between you and the banjo, which makes a pretty big diference. If you want a great low priced bluegrass banjo for travel and leisure that plays correctly and is durable, this is the best buy on the market!

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:



Neck:
 

  • 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



Pot:
 

  • Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Set up with 10, 11, 13, 21w, 10
  • Low set Deering Vega armrest
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • Three ply solid violin maple rim
  • Fitted with a Deering 11" High Crown Frosted Top White Banjo Head
  • 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Silent Tailpiece
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Resonator



Tone:
Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.

Tuned:
g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Dimensions:
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 lbs

Warranty:
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


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! 

Specification

Category 5 String Banjo
Playing Level Beginner, Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Bluegrass gDGBD
Banjo Pot Size 11 inch Pot
Body Type Resonator
Number of Frets 22
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag None
Manufacturers Warranty 6 Years
Exclusivity Exclusive to Eagle Music
Delivery & Returns

We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using Interlink Express Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop).

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.

Reviews

2 reviews for Deering Goodtime The 'Picking Earl'

Stuart Goodwin

by on 2017-03-15

well constructed, lovely tone, crisp, easy to play - soo much better than my last beginners banjo, would recommend

Rated 5 out of 5

Richard Sharp

by on 2015-11-10

The Goodtime Leader is a first class instrument and exceptional value for its price. Well made with a good feel and has a strong resonant sound. With the modern blonde finish, the planetary tuners and the hardwood inlays it looks good too. Its worth the beginner stretching up in price a little bit to get a quality instrument like this and it will suffice right up to Foggy level!

Rated 5 out of 5

Rated 5 out of 5 based on 2 customer reviews
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