Deering Goodtime Special Banjo - Free Beginner Package, Spikes, Deering Case

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Deering Goodtime Special Banjo

With Official Deering Hardshell Case Discount Special

Deering Good Time Special Banjo with Resonator and flathead tonering for Bluegrass Banjo

The newly Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring designed by Deering produces a powerfully crisp, bright, sparkling tone, a considerable step up in tone from the original tone ring that was featured on our Goodtime Special banjos. The volume of tone is a wonderful surprise to players. If you're looking for a banjo with good volume and tone, and prefer to keep the cost as low as possible, then this is the banjo for you. This banjo will perform well in a jam session or band setting, feel comfortable, fret correctly, and be a stable instrument you can play for years to come.

Greg Deering of Deering banjos and Ross Nickerson of

List of FREE Items with this Banjo

  • Free Ross Nickerson Beginner Package
  •  Free - Beginning the Five String Banjo - 64 Page Spiral Bound Book with DVD and 2 CDs by Ross Nickerson
  • Free Gold Member Lesson Access $89 value
  • Free 5th String Free Capo Spikes ($24 value)
  • Free Banjo Set up
  •  Official Deering Hardshell Case Special $129- Reg price $299
  • Free Deering Head Tightening T-Wrench
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Left Handed is No Extra Charge on Deering Good Time and Artisan Banjos
  • Wrench to Tighten Banjo Head on Deering Add a Deering Leather Strap that Fits Good Time or Artisan for $34
  • Free US Shipping
  •  $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  •  Best Price Guarantee

FREE ITEMS don't add to normal discount price

Free Beginner Package includes these items!
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


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

Substitute Official Deering Hard Shell Case with
Artisan Good Time Special for $129 (reg price $299)
Deering Hard Shell Banjo Case

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

Ross Nickerson and is an authorized dealer for all Deering Banjo Models and at the best prices. Call or email Ross anytime with questions. Call us for a price quote or price match. Toll free - 1-866-322-6567

The Good time Special is out of Stock
In this price range, I recommend the
Gold Tone OB-150 Pro level banjo.
Gold Tone OB-150 Pro level banjo

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  • No - Free Official Deering Padded Gig bag is OK
  • Yes - Substitute Official Deering Hardshell Case $139
  • No - Do Not Add Free Beginner Package
  • Yes - Add Ross Nickerson Free Beginner Package
  • No Hard Case - Free Deering Gig Bag OK
  • Substitute Guardian CG-020J Hardshell Case - $59
  • No Leather Strap
  • Add Deering Leather Strap $34


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


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


Blond Maple
Black Binding
Durable Satin Finish 

Has a bell like tone that is loud, crisp and clear and easily heard in a band setting. 
Easy to play with clarity of note separation. 

g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes from the factory with light gauge strings 10, 11, 13, 21W, 10 
Can be played with medium gauge as well. 

Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4″ 
Resonator diameter 13 7/8″ 
Overall Instrument Length 38″ 
Weight Approx. 8 lbs 

The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Goodtime banjo a six year warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.

Nov 2, 2020
absolutely love it!
Hi Ross, I got my banjo and absolutely love it! I had no idea what I was missing. The videos you post of the different videos helped me make aa decision on which one to buy. Thanks, Domenique

Dec 27, 2017
Goodtime Special
I just wanted to add a few more things to my comments above. As soon as I started using this Goodtime Special my skills seemed to take a big leap forward. It really wasn't my skills, it was the Deering Banjo. My $400 Chinese banjo was the problem. First of all it only has a 1 1/8 inch neck with a 3/4 inch spread for the four long strings. This Deering Goodtime Special has a 1 1/4 inch neck with a 1 inch spread on the four long strings. That extra 1/4 inch added to the spread made a world of difference. I can hit the cords perfect almost everytime now, and with increasing speed. I wish I had bought this Deering Banjo when I first started, but like most of us I bought the $400 kit banjo from the local music store. That was a mistake in my opinion, but when your starting out what do you know?Also it was a real pleasure buying this banjo from Ross. It arrived in perfect condition with no damage at all and he included a lot of free stuff with it, and it wasn't cheap stuff either. He also included some of his books and a DVD in the package. I was kind of apprehensive about buying something like this through the mail, but it wasn't a problem at all. I would not hesitate to purchase a banjo from Ross if your in the market for one. The next banjo on my list is going to be a Deering open-back and I will purchase this from Ross again no problem.

Dec 27, 2017
Goodtime Special
I received the Goodtime Special Ross and I love it. I see now what a tone ring does. The notes sustain much longer and they ring like a harpsichord or something. The best thing though is the neck. I can hit the chords perfect now almost every time. I was having problems with my Chinese banjo. My middle finger kept muting the third string in the C chord. No more though with this Deering. Lots of room for my fingers now. The neck feels a lot better now too. Much easier to fret. Anyway I'm very satisfied. My Nick picks and Bluechip thumb pick came today too so I'm set now. Those Nick Picks feel so nice and fit much better. Shows you get what you pay for. Thanks again Ross! Best Christmas for me in many years! I feel that Christmas magic like when I was 10 years old again!

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