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Deering Goodtime 2 5-string Banjo w/ Resonator

The Goodtime Two weighs 6 lbs - about the weight of a guitar, which puts it on the lighter side of the closed back banjos on the market. This makes it more comfortable to transport, to sit with, and especially to stand with for long performances. Despite the relatively light weight, the close back projects an impressive amount of volume and gives the instrument a powerful voice with lots of dynamics, character, and depth.

The Goodtime Two has a natural blonde maple with a satin finish to protect it while allowing the natural colour and feel of the wood to come through, and allows for more resonance and less weight than a lacquer finished instrument.

The rich, golden tone and the reverberation off the resonator are what really separates this one from the open backed version. Not only can you can hear the volume difference between them, but you also get vibrations re-resonating the top, and amplifying certain frequency bands for an overall more rich tone. With a resonator the sound waves aren't getting trapped between you and the banjo getting dampened by your clothes, etc.  This makes a pretty big difference and is a great reason to choose this option over the Goodtime open back options.

From the high quality construction, excellent hardware, simple yet attractive aesthetics, and domestic production in California USA, the banjo has so much to offer! If you want a great low priced bluegrass banjo for travel and leisure that plays correctly and is durable, this is the best buy on the market!

Banjo Specs


  • Blonde 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


  • 11" Blonde 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


  • Resonator of Blonde Maple
  • Black Binding
  • 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 26 1/4″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
  • Overall Instrument Length 38″
  • Weight Approx. 6 lbs

*Note: All images are of our currently in-stock unit.