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Deering Goodtime The 'Maple Prince' Leader

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  • Side Dot markers
  • 5th tuner
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The Deering Goodtime Leader Maple Prince has a higher specification than the standard Goodtime banjo. It is fitted with a set of back facing Planetary Geared Deering Classic banjo tuning pegs and inlaid black side dot neck position markers. It is an excellent open back banjo with a USA rock maple neck and is set up for playing all styles, it is lightweight and easy to handle and carry for travelling if needed. The sound from this banjo is incredible! The three ply solid violin maple rim is the same quality as found on pre-war Mastertone banjos.
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Buy your Deering Goodtime The 'Maple Prince' Leader 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 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!

Deering Goodtime Maple Prince Specification:

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Set up with 9, 11, 13, 24w, 9 strings
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Openback Please Note: This banjo can be upgraded to a ‘Closed Back' resonator banjo at a later stage by fitting the resonator conversion kit that we offer as a retrofit parts kit.

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.4.5 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.


Category 5 String Banjo
Playing Level Beginner, Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Frailing / Clawhammer, Bluegrass gDGBD
Banjo Pot Size 11 inch Pot
Body Type Open back
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag None
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.


9 reviews for Deering Goodtime The 'Maple Prince' Leader

Neil Thomas

by on 2019-05-20

Great sounding open back banjo, set up and ready to go

Rated 5 out of 5

nicholas buxton

by on 2016-07-20

Excellent product ,i use it for frailing but also with a few simple changes can be used for many types 5 string play.certainly recommend .

Rated 5 out of 5

Richard Cope

by on 2016-03-29

Ordered this Banjo as I am a beginner and have short chunky fingers and this model has a slightly wider neck than the Banjo I was learning with.
The string spacing is spot on for me and the open back sound although different to my resonator Banjo does not detract from the fantastic sound this Deering Banjo achieves even in my inexperienced hands.
Don't buy cheap even if you are only just starting to learn as you will upgrade sooner than you think if you do. Most of all I enjoy playing it.

Rated 5 out of 5

Brian Langtry

by on 2015-12-16

recording and occasional gigging with guitar, mandolin, harmonica etc.
wholeheartedly recommended for all.

Rated 5 out of 5

mark shipton

by on 2015-09-16

It just feels a good quality, perfect for me to learn with.

Rated 5 out of 5

Naomi Woodward

by on 2015-09-01

Im a beginner, but the reviews and videos on the web really sold me this banjo. Sounds beautiful to a beginners ear!

Rated 5 out of 5

john kaye

by on 2015-01-13

My own spare-time relaxation and amusement.

Rated 5 out of 5

Kenneth Kelly

by on 2014-01-20

Superb quality instrument at a
brilliant price - 10 % discount on
first purchase.

Rated 5 out of 5

Rick Szczodrowski

by on 2013-07-28

I am a complete novice and was sold by the accompanying video of an existing musician raving about it and having a bash to show us what it sounded like. I might have been swayed by the local accent, but I hope I am not that fickle! ;-)

Rated 5 out of 5

Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer reviews

Chris Cooper of The 'Down County Boys' Demonstrates the Deering Goodtime Leader 'Maple Prince' Banjo

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