The Deering Goodtime 5-String Banjo features a low-profile maple neck with 22 frets and bow tie inlays made of hardwood. The gear tuners are sealed, and the banjo comes with a fifth string. The bridge is made of maple/ebony measuring 5/8-inch. The tailpiece is adjustable. The maple rim is 3 ply and measures 11 inches, and it comes with a hoop for steel tension and a high crown head. This folk instrument is covered by a 6-year warranty.
Deering Goodtime 5-String Banjo Review:
The twenty customers who posted their feedback on this folk instrument gave it an average rating of 4.7 stars. Majority of the reviewers gave it a perfect 5.0-star rating.
The reviewers felt that this banjo was excellent not just in value but also in quality. One of the reviewers who commented on this item did not own it but played it at workshops, and he described it as being extremely playable and being a better value for money compared to other items in the same price range. He also felt that this made for a good entry-level banjo for those who wanted to explore the instrument. Another reviewer commended this as the best affordable banjo available in the market. This was reportedly his first banjo, and he liked how it was crafted to sound and play very well. He also shared how he was 52 years old when he bought it but he acted like a child, taking the banjo to bed with him! After having researched much on banjos, he concluded that this was pretty much like the Volkswagen Beetle among banjos. Other buyers also confirmed this banjo as the best starter or intermediate banjo for enthusiasts. Another buyer shared how he discarded all his other banjos after having discovered this brand, as it apparently raised his standards for quality, both of playability and sound. This banjo was confirmed as having a great sound while being easy to keep in the grip and play. It also reportedly had a quite natural feel to it. One user admitted that he used this banjo as the work horse, and although he owned many other higher-end units that also sounded good, he always tended to fall back to the Goodtime. Other buyers also appreciated this banjo for having a very light weight, and for having few imperfections that did not even affect the sound quality. Many of the buyers were also guitar players who wanted to experiment, and they were greatly satisfied with their purchase.
So far, the only negative issue raised for this banjo came from a user who did not like the finger-jointed neck. He felt that this corresponded to poor design. Still, this apparently did not affect the sound, as he commended it as being great and loud in volume anyway.
From these reviews, we would be very happy to recommend this folk instrument for those who want to get started on the banjo, and even for those who have owned other models. With the quality and value for money, you will not be disappointed!