Deering Goodtime 1 with Free Beginner Book and Package

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Deering Good Time 1 Beginner Banjo for Bluegrass or Clawhammer Styles

Free Ross Ross Nickerson Beginner Package, Free Shipping, Free Beginning the 5-string Banjo Book/CDs/DVD, Special Deering T-Wrench and 3 Year Gold Online Lesson Membership

The "Good Time" Deering Beginner Banjo G1 is a really easy banjo to play and which makes it even easier to learn on. The price is right too and with our superior beginner package you can get started playing and practicing right away.

This American made beginner banjo is easy to learn on and reasonably priced. The Goodtime banjo is very light which makes learning easier at first. It stays in tune and has an amazing tone that is bright but not harsh. The tone is a pleasing mellow tone which will encourage you to practice and they feel good in your hands.

Comments from Ross Nickerson
I've had many students start with this model with a lot of success. Its one of those banjos you just don't want to put down. I know you'll be satisfied if you choose to learn on the Deering Goodtime Banjo.

I wrote the above paragraph back when we added the Good time Banjos to the site. I just received these comments below by email. He mentions how he can't put it down. As a teacher that's one of the biggest attribute and selling points for the Goodtime 1.

.....Even in the short time that I have had it, I find it almost irresistible for its light weight and tone (just snatch it off the rack and practice for a while;) John C

Deering Goodtime 1
Ross Nickerson with Janet Deering and Goodtime 1

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free Professional Set Up
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free Ross Nickerson 64 Page Beginner Banjo Book with DVD and 2 CDs
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free 3 YR Banjo Gold Lesson Site Access ($89 Value)
  • Best beginner Banjo Book Free Five Piece Beginner Package
  • Deering Banjo Case and Gig Bags Option to Install an Armrest
  • Free US Banjo Shipping Free US Banjo Shipping
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Free Deering Head Tightening Wrench
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Add a Deering Leather Strap that Fits Good Time or Artisan for $34
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  • Best Banjo Prices, Price Matching and Serivce Price Matching or Questions 1-866-322-6567

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest price we are allowed to advertise by the Manufacturer. offers complete professional banjo set-up FREE We can also add custom options like 5th string capo spikes, bridge upgrades, zero glide nut, and other set up requests.

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  • NO - Armrest
  • YES Install Armrest $29
  • No Case Needed
  • Yes - Add Official Deering Gig Bag $49
  • No Leather Strap
  • Add Deering Leather Strap $34

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Add a Ross Nickerson Beginner Package for on $25 - $79.00 Value

5 Piece Beginner Package
mmpackageGoldtoneBorder.jpg Beginner Banjo Package Deal includes

Ross Nickerson Beginning the Five String Banjo Book with DVD and two CDs
Beginning the Five String Banjo Book with DVD and Two CDs

FREE - Special Banjo Head Tightening T wrench
These are not a standard size and are sold separately by Deering for $12.95.
We buy them and include it free at with any Deering Banjo.
You are going to need the wrench and I don't want you to be without one.

Deering Banjo Head Tightening Wrench

Add a Deering Case for only $49 more

Official Deering Heavy Padded Case with Backpack Straps - $85 value

We can install the Good Time Armrest on the Goodtime 1
The Goodtime 1 does not come with the armrest like the more expensive Goodtime 2 does. We came up with a solution! We can install it for you for just the normal price of the armrest when we set the banjo up! There is an option to add the armrest where the add to cart button is.

We install the Goodtime 1 banjo armrest free at

Customer email feedback
....Hello Ross, I received my Goodtime Banjo in, what to me must be, record time; not more than 48 hours after we spoke on the phone.

I love it. It’s a great, light-weight, banjo with excellent tone. Is it the equivalent of a $1,200 - $1,500 banjo? Of course not, it’s not intended to be. I have read many reviews of the Deering Goodtime and most critics seem to be missing the point: the Goodtime is not intended to be the last banjo you will ever purchase (if it is, the banjo was probably not the instrument for you in the first place).

Even in the short time that I have had it, I find it almost irresistible for its light weight and tone (just snatch it off the rack and practice for a while; much more tempting than my 12-pound alternative; although I do like my RK-35). The armrest and the capo spikes are also a welcome addition. Finally, the setup was perfect, just a quick tune and I was ready to go. It will suit my needs perfectly as my wife and I travel a lot in our RV. Thank you for recommending it!
John Crane

Add this Deering Leather Banjo Strap that fits Artisan and Good Time banjo's for $34.The vast majority of leather straps do not fit behind the brackets of a Good Time or Artisan Banjo.

Deering Good Time 1 Specifications


Blond Slender Rock Maple Neck
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Hardwood Bow Tie Inlays
Sealed Geared Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Durable Satin Finish
Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead
Blond 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Steel Tension Hoop
11″ Frosted Top High Crown Head
5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
Durable Satin Finish

You can also make adjustments to the free items that come with Deering Beginner Banjos, Goodtime Banjos , Deering  Open Back, Clawhammer, Oldtime,Deering Electric Banjos, Deering 6 String Banjo ,Deering 4 string Tenor Banjo, Irish Tenor Banjos,Deering Plectrum Banjo, Deering Travel Banjo Parlour and Kids Banjo, Deering Banjo Ukes, Long Neck Deering Banjos or Custom Deering Banjos we can help you order.

Feb 15, 2021
excellent customer service
Ross and Kathy, I just wanted to thank you for your excellent customer service. My new banjo just arrived and it is in perfect condition. Quick shipment and very well packaged. The Deering Goodtime 1 Banjo is exactly what a 76 year old with no musical experience needed. The beginners package as well as all the included extras was an added bonus. Thanks again! Wally Noren

Jan 27, 2021
So happy with the Goodtime 1
Hi, Ross, Thank you so much for your advice and service. So happy with the Goodtime 1. It arrived on time and amazingly well set up. Intonated perfectly. It was even still in tune! So appreciative of what you do. It is so rare to deal with stand-up people these days. You will have ALL of my banjo business for as long as you provide it. Thanks again. Joe in Texas.

Nov 30, 2020
Thanks again for all of your help!
Hi Ross, Just wanted to let you know I received everything on Wednesday. The Goodtime sounds and feels great, and even I can tell it’s a big improvement from what I had! Thanks again for all of your help! Thomas

Jun 12, 2020
Your package is amazing! thank you for the thoughtful gifts included. Wow! - Jules

Mar 11, 2020
Thanks so much, Ross! Can't believe how quickly you were able to get it set up and sent out!

Nov 17, 2019
The instrument came well set up and the extras are a boon.
Ross, the banjo came today! Just a wonderful instrument - and great timing. The instrument came well set up and the extras are a boon. Our daughter is thrilled! Not sure which style she’ll end up playing but she’s got an instrument that will carry her to wherever she wants to go. Thanks so much! Blessings upon you! Gene

Nov 21, 2018
Great first banjo
It came in fast, even with hurricane Irma making weather not so great. This is my first instrument since 7th grade band, and I didn't really know what to expect. I decided to take up banjo in a whim after my son started guitar lessons. My instructor(who is also a banjo luthier) says it's setup great. It's easy to play, and stays in tune. He loves the sound so much that he ordered one for himself. I don't really have much to compare to in person besides my instructors resonator models that are so loud you can't think. I'm just learning, but have played it so much that I had to restring it already. It's light weight, and easy to handle. It sound lively, but not annoyingly bright like some built for bluegrass models.

Apr 7, 2018
Very pleased with this banjo.
I really like this banjo package. This banjo is hard to put down, at least for me. My previous banjo was a "no name" brand, which was ok to learn chords and strums. I progressed to the point where I felt I had to move up. I chose this Deering model and I'm glad I did. I play clawhammer and two finger style. The sound is crisp and true and it looks great. This package comes with every thing you need at a great price.

Mar 29, 2018
This is a banjo to have just to have it.
DEERING makes this Goodtime banjo. has an amazing deal on this banjo with all the goodies you get. I have played many of these Goodtime banjos with and without the resonator. The Goodtime series is a very well built banjo and a great sounding banjo too. There is a coolness about having one. These are fun to play too. Very basic and very nice. Some banjo pickers say get one just to have it. I know why they say this. Even this basement basic of the DEERING line is just as good as the rest of their line. This projects very well and the resonator versions of the Goodtime will surprise you too. Its a fun banjo and it lives up to its name Goodtime.

Aug 25, 2015
Thanks for the good deal and great service!
....Ross, I received the Deering Americana yesterday. Everything looks really good. The banjo has a very nice mellow tone. Thanks for the good deal and great service!

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