American Deering Artisan Goodtime Special 5 String Banjo

Manufacturer: Deering
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American Deering Artisan Goodtime Special 5 String Banjo

Also featuring a 'Quiet Coordinator Rod'
Quiet Tailpiece, Stability Enhancing J-hooks

Key Points
  • Midnight Maple Fingerboard
  • Rock Maple Neck
  • Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Sealed Geared Tuners


American Deering Artisan Goodtime Special 5 String Banjo

Also featuring a 'Quiet Coordinator Rod'

Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Banjo


Featuring Midnight Maple Fingerboard and Vintage Artisan inspired inlays!

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting.

The Artisan Goodtime Special has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Artisan Goodtime Special can be heard with a sweet voice with sustain that complements all the instruments in a band. Tuned to an open G Chord, with the spikes already installed, you can easily play in other keys.

The stunning new Artisan Goodtime banjos epitomizes 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. Pearloid vintage artisan style inlays pop off the new Midnight Maple fingerboard, while the peg head is adorned with a beautifully engraved design.

The Artisan Goodtime Special banjo is an achievement in keeping the cost down while providing an instrument that will stay in tune and perform reliably because it is made with precision by skilled American craftsmen. Made efficiently at our factory in Spring Valley (San Diego area of California), this is a comfortably playable banjo with a wonderfully bright tone. It is a solid dependable instrument that is immensely playable with excellent tonality and clarity.

     Deering Goodtime Smile Bridge

    The responsive sensitivity of the maple, with the hard, dense ebony top contributes to the Goodtime banjos clear, resonant responsiveness.

    Quiet Tailpiece

    Specially selected metal is used to prevent the tailpiece from making “its own sound” and muddying up the banjo’s tone. The violin maple rim is supposed to sing, not your tailpiece.

    Stability Enhancing J-hooks

    The proprietary Deering J-hooks are wider at the top to prevent twisting off the tension hoop when tightening the banjo head.

    Quiet Coordinator Rod

    Made of special alloy that is strong and does not interfere with the singing resonance of the violin maple rim.
    3-Ply Violin Grade Maple Rim

    The maple in the Goodtime rim is the exact wood used in the finest violins in the world. Only Derring puts this professional grade 3-ply maple rim in a banjo in this price range.

    Sealed Geared Tuners

    Five high quality geared tuning machines make tuning the Goodtime banjo easy, accurate and fun. Too many student banjos are cursed with poor quality tuners, so the students blame themselves for an out of tune banjo when it’s the tuner that is at fault.

    Rock Maple Neck

    This fine grained, dense, extremely hard, wood creates a stable neck, and imparts a bright, crisp quality to the Goodtime banjo tone.

Banjo Specs


    Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained a Rich Brown
    Vintage Artisan Style Inlays
    Midnight Maple Fingerboard
    22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
    Goodtime Special Logo Engraved On Peghead
    Planetary Tuners
    Geared 5th String Tuner
    Durable Satin Finish
    Spikes installed at 7th, 9th, and 10th frets
    Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead


    11" 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown
    Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring
    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


    Maple Resonator Stained Rich Brown
    Black Binding
    Durable Satin Finish


Has a clear and bright sound of maple. Easy to play with clarity of note separation.



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 26 1/4″
    Rim Diameter 11″
    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 6 year warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship.


Important Note
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