Deering Banjo - GoodTime 2 Resonator - FREE Beginner Kit

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Goodtime II Resonator Banjo

The Deering Goodtime II is a great bluegrass banjo to learn on and its the only beginner banjo that is american made in its price range. Even with the resonator its super light and easy to play. They look great and feel good in your hands. My students that have them seem to really be drawn to them which as a teacher that means a lot to me. Thanks, Ross Nickerson

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest price we are allowed to advertise by the Manufacturer.


Comes with an official Deering Heavily Padded Gig Bag $85 value
Deering Banjo Case - Heavy Padded Bag

Also FREE - Special Banjo Head Tightening T wrench
This wrench is sold separately by Deering for $10.95.
We are including it free at with any Deering Banjo.
Deering Banjo Head Tightening Wrench

Add this Deering Leather Banjo Strap that fits Artisan and Good Time banjo's for $29.The vast majority of leather straps do not fit behind the brackets of a Good Time or Artisan Banjo.

Leather Banjo Strap for Goodtime and Artisan Banjos


Ross Nickerson owner of with
Greg Deering founder and creator of Deering banjos

Nashville - 2016

FREE WITH THIS BANJO Beginner Banjo Package Deal

Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 52 page Beginner Banjo Book with a two hour beginner banjo DVD and two audio CDs. You also receive a set of banjo picks, a clip-on chromatic banjo tuner, a spare set of banjo strings and a banjo strap.
Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

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Deering beginner banjos with closed back wood resonator for playing and learning bluegrass banjo 5-string 3 finger Scruggs style. Deering banjos are American Made in California and have come up with a great Deering banjo to learn on that newbie beginning banjo students can start on without investing right away in a more expensive professional bluegrass banjo.

On this model the closed back wood resonator back provides more projection of sound than the Goodtime 1 and is more suitable for playing bluegrass music. These banjos are still light though and easy to learn on with plenty of volume and a clear bright tone.

Greg Deering designed the Goodtime banjos because there were no low priced banjos of enough quality for people to actually learn on without difficulty or giving up. He remembers what it was like to want a good banjo and not be able to afford one, so his gift to others is the Goodtime banjo line.

Resonator of Blond Maple
Black Binding
Durable Satin Finish

Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Exotic Wood Bowtie Inlays
Geared Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Sealed Geared Guitar Tuners
Durable Satin Finish
Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead

3-ply Violin Grade Goodtime Maple Rim
11 3 Frosted Top High Crown Head
Steel Tension Hoop
16 Bracket Shoes
16 Flat Hooks with 9/32 3 Hex Nuts
Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
2 Piece Flange
Nickel Plated Armrest
Nickel Plated Hardware

Apr 21, 2020
Fine Shape
Hi Ross, Just wanted you to know I got the Deering in fine shape and we are having a great time getting acquainted. Even better, my 27 year old son picked it up and I think he’s in love… J Take Care, John Barsness

Dec 27, 2019
Best banjo yet owned
I have to concur with the other reviewer as "weapon of choice." The fit, the neck, the setup, and finish came out of the box was perfect. Wasn't too overly impressed with the tone at first since they all come with light strings. Changed them out to Martin Vega medium strings, and the thing came alive. I love the light weight and warmer tone than the model with the tone ring ( Goodtime 2 Special). Incredible difference! Deering should ship them with those strings. Check out Mean Mary on YouTube. She plays nothing but. I have owned many different banjos costing much more. I'll keep this one.

Feb 23, 2019
I’m especially grateful for your very personalized service
Hi Ross My banjo arrived today and it looks and sounds great. I’m especially grateful for your very personalized service. I thought it was a lost art but you made me feel I was your only customer and not just a number. Looking forward to utilizing your gold member service Thanks again Rick Berst

Feb 20, 2018
Great First Banjo for the Novice
I received my Deering Goodtime 2 yesterday from and couldn’t be more pleased. It’s a very playable and user friendly instrument (if that makes sense). What I wasn’t prepared for was just how beautiful an instrument it is with its blonde maple shade of coloring. I was playing it late last night and resumed playing as soon as I woke up this morning so that I could get in some additional practice time before going to work. Customer service was first rate from start to finish. Ross phoned me twice to provide me details regarding my order. You simply don’t get that kind of customer attention anywhere else in this modern world of online shopping, very refreshing. BanjoTeacher is now my shopping site of choice for all my banjo needs.

Aug 25, 2015
this MUST be your banjo weapon of choice
Trust me folks, if you are a beginner through full-on intermediate player, this MUST be your banjo weapon of choice. Nothing even comes close at this price point by ANY other manufacturer...believe me, I've played them all! Sure, you can find a slightly "cheaper" banjo, but the couple bucks you save will NOT be worth what you will sacrifice in fit, finish, quality, playability, durability, and above all TONE! The GoodTime 2 even plays/sounds better than a VAST majority of other manufacturer's models costing hundreds (or even thousands) more! The GoodTime 2 is just one more reason that Deering has been played all over the world for decades. It's a hand's down winner!

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