Buy your Deering Goodtime 17 Fret Short Scale 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!
Goodtime 17 fret Tenor Banjo Specification:
- Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
- 17 Nickel Silver Frets
- Hardwood Bowtie Inlays
- Sealed Geared Tuners
- Durable Satin Finish
- Blonde 3-ply Maple Rim
- Steel Tension Hoop
- 11″ Frosted Bottom Head
- 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
- 16 Flat Hooks With 9/32″ Nuts
- 16 Bracket Shoes
- Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
- Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
- Durable Satin Finish
Case sold separately
Easy to play with clarity of note separation.
Tuned: C,G,D,A in standard tenor tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Neck Width At The Nut 1 1/8″
Scale Length Nut To Bridge 21″
Rim Diameter 11″
Overall Instrument Length 32″
Instrument Weight: 4 lbs
The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.
Made in America at the Deering Banjo factory in California, the Goodtime openback banjo weighs about 4 pounds so it is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, taking to the beach and 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. The shorter 17 fret neck reduces the length of the entire banjo to just 32 inches end to end.
Tuned in 5ths like a viola or cello (C,G,D,A), 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 light weight body. I chose the Irish G,D,A,E 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 banjos".
At Eagle Music we set up each banjo with the correct gauge strings for tuning and playing Jazz or 'Irish tenor banjo' ...At the set-up stage, we file the nut and the bridge to suit the heavier gauge strings and 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 short scale 17 fret short scale banjo is an open-back model. The rock maple neck construction 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 maple rim also acts as the tone ring and produces a bright, clear ‘warm’ sound. 16 bracket hooks are fitted to give even tension on the tension hoop. The tailpiece is a Deering ‘Custom’ type that accepts loop-ended string. All metal work is nickel plated to a high standard. A smooth top 11” diameter ‘Deering’ mylar head is fitted along with an ebony tipped 15.87mm (5/8”) maple bridge. The solid violin maple rim is natural satin finished.
The short scale 17 fret 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 17-fret fingerboard is inlaid with Hardwood Bow Tie inlays at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 15th, and 17th frets. 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 traditional shaped peg 'fiddle' Deering headstock is finished in natural satin maple engraved with the name ‘Goodtime’ along with a Deering Star with the following inscription ‘Proudly Made In USA’. A set of geared closed plate, side-facing tuners are fitted. The tuners are nickel plated to match the hardware of the pot assembly.
The short scale neck is natural satin finished, to match the rim.