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Deering Goodtime Erin Ennis EEG-17 Short Scale Open Back Irish Tenor Banjo

erin 17 fret ob
  • erin 17 fret ob
  • erin ob back
  • erin headstock
  • erin planets
  • ennis armrest
  • Erin neck
  • Ennis Logo front
  • £459.00
  • RRP £509.00
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Made in the USA by Deering Banjos, the Erin Ennis open back tenor banjo has a fast action 17 fret rock maple neck and violin maple tone rim. The 17 fret neck makes it easier to play, especially if you have smaller hands that need all the help they can get in reaching up to the ‘B note on the 7th fret. Set-up and tuned to GDAE specifically with the correct strings for playing Irish music in tuning. This is an exceptional lighter weight, easy to handle, compact tenor banjo that is excellent for session playing. Please see below for specification.
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Buy your Deering Goodtime Erin Ennis EEG-17 Short Scale Open Back Irish Tenor Banjo from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

Each banjo we supply is individually set up in our on-site 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!

The Erin Irish Tenor Banjo Range:
The study of the designs of the most sought after vintage era tenor banjos used by professionals for playing Irish music, and the design experience that has gone into the making of this special range of Erin Irish tenor banjos, coupled with the unique relationship between Steve and Greg Deering sets this range of Irish tenor banjos apart from the rest. The critical neck widths and measurements, scale lengths, bridge height, bridge position, gauge and type of strings fitted make these banjos unique in that they are specifically ergonomically designed to give the player maximum tone, sustain and playability when playing Irish and Celtic music in dropped GDAE tuning.

All Erin banjos are fitted with a set of classic back facing planetary geared banjo tuners and black side dot neck position markers.

Erin Ennis 17 Fret Irish Tenor Banjo Specification:

All Deering Erin banjos are unique and exclusive to Eagle Music. They 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 all around the world recommend banjos that are built by Deering.


  • Slender fast action, vintage tenor shape rock maple neck
  • Headstock inlaid with Erin logo
  • Headstock inlaid with a Celtic Star and intertwined Celtic hearts
  • Made with Pride in The USA & Goodtime inlaid on the headstock
  • Ennis logo inlaid at the 17th fret
  • Shamrock block inlay at the foot of the fingerboard
  • Black inlaid dot side neck position markers
  • 17 nickel silver frets
  • Black inlaid fingerboard bowtie Inlays
  • Planetary geared banjo tuners
  • Durable satin finish


  • Blonde 3-ply Maple Rim
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 11″ Smooth top head
  • 5/8″ Maple/Ebony topped select bridge
  • 16 Flat Hooks With 9/32″ Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Durable Satin Finish

Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

Tuned: GDAE specifically for playing Irish music. Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well with the correct strings fitted.


  • Neck Width At The Nut 1 3/16” (30.16 mm)
  • Scale Length Nut To Bridge 20.750” (527 mm)
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Overall Instrument Length 32″
  • Instrument Weight: 4 lbs

Recommended String Gauges: Eagle-Puretone Irish tenor banjo heavy gauge 13 plain, 20 wound, 30 wound and 40 wound for E A D G tuning


The trust and pride that Deering share in their products gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Erin Goodtime banjo a warranty ensuring the quality of the materials and workmanship.

Detailed Deering Erin Goodtime Tenor Banjo Specification:

Made in America at the Deering Banjo factory in California, the Goodtime Erin openback banjo weighs about 4 pounds so it is ideal for taking to the session, traveling, camping, hiking or even taking to the beach! This banjo provides a vibrant singing banjo tone in any situation. Also, light enough to easily hold and play and is the perfect banjo to start out with since it is fretted correctly and plays easily.

Tuned in 5ths to GDAE for Irish music, this banjo is a great crossover instrument for string players! As one customer put it "Really great instrument with a great build quality and a lovely loud and rich tone. It is a delight to play with its short scale fretboard, slim neck and lighter weight body. I chose the Irish GDAE tuning so that I can use the chords and tunes already learnt on the mandolin and am able to play it with just a little more of a stretch and a bit more movement of the old fingers! I'm well impressed and can strongly recommend one of these lovely American made banjos".

At Eagle Music we set up each Erin banjo with the correct gauge strings for playing Irish music in GDAE tuning. Also at the set-up stage, We set the action and intonation ...We tune each banjo before dispatch.

The heart of the Goodtime Banjo is the three ply violin maple rim producing an exceptional bright warm tone...It is built with excellent quality nickel hardware and the Rock Maple neck sets up with a fast action.

The ever popular Deering Goodtime Erin Banjo has a rock maple neck and construction that provides you with stability at a great price; it has amazing volume and quality of tone.

The 3 ply rim is built from solid violin maple. The rim diameter is 279.40mm (11”) and a thickness of 14.28mm (9/16”). The solid violin maple rim also acts as the tone ring and produces a bright, clear, and warm sound. 16 bracket hooks are fitted to give even tension on the tension hoop. The tailpiece is a Deering silent type that accepts loop-ended string. All metal work is nickel plated to a high standard. The Deering mylar smooth top head is fitted along with an ebony tipped 15.87mm (5/8”) maple bridge. The solid violin maple rim is natural satin finished.

The fast action rock maple neck is attached to the pot assembly with a lag bolt and coordinating rim rod, which give you the player the facility to alter the action should you ever need to do so. The neck is constructed from solid rock maple. The headstock had beautiful Celtic inlays to give you the presence of a unique Irish tenor banjo. The fingerboard is inlaid with black Bow Tie inlays to suit the black side dot markers. The nickel silver fretwork is perfectly positioned, rounded and polished for smooth playing.

The nut is precisely cut and filed for a comfortable string action at the first position. The Deering traditional fiddle shaped peghead is finished in natural satin maple engraved with the Erin logo, Celtic Star and intertwined Celtic hearts. The face of the headstock is also inlaid with Made with Pride in The USA & Goodtime. A set of precision geared tuners are fitted for trouble free tuning. The tuners are nickel plated to match the hardware of the pot assembly. The neck is natural satin finished, to match the rim.



Banjo Pot Size 11 inch Pot
Body Type Open back
Number of Frets 17
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Manufacturers Warranty 6 Years
Exclusivity Exclusive to Eagle Music
Delivery & Returns

  Royal Mail announce changes to Special Delivery and Customer Service Points.
In light of the recent advice given by the government regarding COVID-19, please be aware of the following announcement from Royal Mail advising of changes to their services.

Special Deliveries.

Due to increased absence levels, we’ve reviewed our timed guarantees for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am and 1pm services and will make the following changes.

For items posted from Tuesday 31 March 2020 onwards, our guarantee delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9.00am the next working day will change to by 12.00pm the next working day*. Our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1.00pm will change to by 9.00pm the next working day*.

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 DPD Local Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop). On the day of delivery you will receive a text message with your hours delivery time slot

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

NB : Orders processed on a Saturday but will not leave us until the Monday as Royal Mail and DPD Local do not collect from us at the Weekend.

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.

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