Goodtime Artisan Junior Banjo - Travel and Kid Size Banjo - Free Official Deering Case

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Good Time Artisan Junior Banjo - Travel and Children Size 5-String Banjo

The Deering Artisan parlor banjo makes a great travel banjo and also the perfect size for children to learn on. Its shorter length can still be tuned to open G tuning for bluegrass..


The stunning new Artisan Goodtime banjo embodies Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could. It is a never ending quest that Deering pursues every single day. So with improved tooling and a higher than normal dose of creativity, we bid farewell to our old friend the Classic Goodtime and welcome with open arms the stunning aesthetic of the new Artisan Goodtime Banjos.

The familiar rich dark brown stain, planetary tuning pegs and the addition of 5th string spikes at frets 7, 9, 10 for alternate tunings allows this light weight maple banjo to exceed the features customers wanted and needed. The violin-grade maple rim is made of the same wood used on the professional level Deering models and gives the Goodtime banjo a rich, full, round note distinction. Lightweight enough to travel with, convenient enough to keep by your easy chair at home, the Goodtime Artisan is great for hours of practice with a neck that is both comfortable to play and accurate to fret. This Goodtime banjo is not only beautiful to look at but will bring you hours of musical enjoyment.
The Goodtime 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 price of the armrest when we set the banjo up! See the options to choose the armrest below.

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Best Beginner Banjo Five Item Beginner Banjo Package - FREE
  • Best beginner Banjo Book Free - Beginning the Five String Banjo - 64 Page Spiral Bound Book with DVD and 2 CDs by Ross Nickerson
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Gold Member Lesson Access - FREE
  • Professional Banjo Set Up Professional Banjo Set up - FREE
  • Deering Banjo Case and Gig Bags Official Deering Heavy Padded Gig Bag - FREE
  • Deering Banjo Case and Gig Bags 5th string Capo Spikes on 7,9,10th fret - FREE
  • Free US Banjo Shipping US Banjo Shipping - FREE
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Deering Head Tightening Wrench - FREE
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Add a Deering Leather Strap that Fits Good Time or Artisan for $34
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Left Handed is No Extra Charge on Deering Good Time and Artisan Banjos
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit - FREE
  • 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. is an authorized dealer for all Deering Banjo Models and at the best prices. Call or email us anytime for a price quote or price match. Toll free - 1-866-322-6567 offers complete professional banjo set-up FREE

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Comes with an Official Deering Heavily Padded Gig Bag $85 value

Also FREE - Special Banjo Head Tightening T wrench
These are not a standard size and are sold separately by Deering for $10.95.
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 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.

Beginner Banjo Package - FREE WITH THIS BANJO
- Beginner Package  
Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 64 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


This Banjo comes with 5th String Capo Spikes INSTALLED FREE at frets 7, 9,10

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  • No Leather Strap
  • Add Deering Leather Strap that Fits Artisan Banjos $34
  • 5th String Capo Spikes Installed Free 7 9 10

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  • Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained A Rich Brown
  • Midnight Maple Fingerboard
  • 19 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Vintage Artisan Style Inlays
  • Goodtime Americana Logo Engraved On Peghead
  • Planetary Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Peghead shape


  • 11" 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 11″ Top Frosted High Crown Head
  • 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
  • Nickel Plated Armrest
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Durable Satin Finish


Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.


Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings


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 23 1/8″
• Rim diameter 11″
• Overall Instrument Length 33 1/2″
• Weight Approx. 4 lbs

Oct 21, 2022
Great Little Banjo
I ordered this banjo because we are on the road a lot and I had a super cheapo banjo that I played in the truck during our treks across Texas. I didn't have huge expectations honestly, thinking it was going to definitely be better than what I had been using but couldn't be that great, right? Oh my gosh I was so wrong in that assumption. This really is a great little banjo, I highly recommend it. I have not put it down since it came in. It's so much fun to play and a quality instrument. Shipping was super fast, I only had to do some minor tuning and it was ready to play right out of the box. Thank you Ross and crew, I am so happy with my purchase.

Mar 12, 2021
Thanks for the great service
The Deering Goodtime Artisan came today. It arrived in excellent shape - an very nearly in tune, Thanks for the great service, John Bocksnick

Dec 6, 2020
this is one great little banjo
Ross, just want to thank you for all of your help with the Deering Good Time Artisan Junior I ordered last week. Thanks to you it shipped on Thursday and delivered on Saturday. Unbelievable. Also this is one great little banjo. I can see many happy hours ahead playing it. Also the free gifts you send makes this the best package offered anywhere on purchasing a new banjo. Your competitors should take lessons from your company and you personally on customer service. You go more than the extra mile. Thank you for making this purchase an excellent experience. You have a customer for life. Stan Lanier

Oct 5, 2020
The customer service and your company are amazing.
Hello Mr. Nickerson, The Banjo arrived today in perfect condition. The Deering Artisan Jr. is the perfect practice and travel instrument. Is is much lighter than my other two Deering banjos and has the same wonderful sound of a full size banjo. I can't thank you enough for reaching out concerning manufacturing and shipping delays resulting from COVID 19. The customer service and your company are amazing. I felt so valued as a customer and that is rare these days. I am more inspired than ever to explore claw hammer technique and old time music. Once again, thanks for a wonderful purchasing experience.-Ireta

Jun 9, 2020
What a beautiful banjo!
Hi Ross, Just a quick note to tell you my banjo arrived yesterday, and it's perfect!! What a beautiful banjo! It's just the right size, and it sounds amazing. Thank you for taking the time to talk banjos with me, and making sure I got exactly what I wanted. I really appreciate it! - Sue Laizer

Oct 26, 2019
very comfortable
I love it, Ross. The parlor size is very comfortable for me. Thanks for all the extras. Anyone asks me where to shop for a banjo; I’ll send them to your site.

Sep 8, 2018
Deering Goodtime Artisan Parlor Banjo
Hi Ross, Thanks for your great service. I've had this banjo several months now and it goes with me everywhere. I travel a lot and this is the perfect banjo for taking on the plane with me. It's very light and the gig bag that comes with it protects it very well. While I always try to put it in the closet up front, sometimes the flight attendants ask me to put it in the overhead. A few times some "brute" passengers try to jam their bags on top or into it but the banjo and bag has always held up very well. I play this banjo in the hotel room (lightly of course as to not bother other folks) and it helps me to be able to practice while on the road. I tune it to open G and it works fine. It does need to be re-tuned more often than my Deering Sierra but that may be due to the temperature extremes I subject it to.I highly recommend this banjo to anyone that needs a smaller banjo for travel.

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