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Deering Goodtime Special 'Southern Queen' Old Time

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The Deering Goodtime Special Leader ‘Southern Queen’ Leader Model is a top of the range Goodtime Special Banjo Primarily designed and set-up for playing Old Time, Frailing and Clawhammer styles, but fine for all other banjo styles. It is an excellent open back banjo with a rock maple neck and is fitted with the Deering patent pending 20/10 steel tone ring. Please see below for more details.
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Buy your Deering Goodtime Special 'Southern Queen' Old Time from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

Deering Goodtime Special Leader Southern Queen 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 Rennaisance 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’.

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
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • 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 Deering patent pending 20/10 tone ring
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • Three ply solid violin maple rim
  • Fitted with a Deering Renaissance 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.

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 Renaissance  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! 


Category 5 String Banjo
Playing Level Beginner, Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Frailing / Clawhammer
Banjo Pot Size 11 inch Pot
Body Type Open back
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

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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.


2 reviews for Deering Goodtime Special 'Southern Queen' Old Time

Glenn Upton

by on 2016-03-22

product as described and excellent and would recommend to a late beginner who wants to acquire a great banjo at a reasonable price.

Rated 5 out of 5

John Lacey

by on 2013-06-26

I use the banjo to play old time and blue grass and have so far found it very veratile for both styles of play.
I would recomend to anyone who wnats to step up to a better quality instrument.
The quality is excelent and good value.

Rated 5 out of 5

Rated 5 out of 5 based on 2 customer reviews

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