Goodtime 2 resonator banjo by Deering


Deering’s famous Goodtime banjo in resonator bluegrass style is quality at an affordable price!

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America’s first instrument is alive and well.

A customer recently contacted me, telling me that he’s been wanting to play banjo for a while. he has a friend who plays, so he’d been asking questions, such as “How do I start”? and “What kind of banjo should I get”? His friend told him simply, “Just get a Goodtime. You can’t go wrong”… That was a great answer to a common question. It could even make a great slogan. It’s definitely true!

Confidence in the Deering reputation

All Deering banjos are still made in America.  Through the decades they have definitely earned the title of  America’s biggest banjo maker through a commitment to quality and new ideas- a point never demonstrated better than with their popular, and simple- Goodtime banjos. Aside from being really fun to play, Top quality in a reasonably priced banjo was the primary objective for making the Goodtime banjo. It’s made right here in America at the Deering Banjo factory in Southern California. The Goodtime 2 is simply the resonator version Goodtime that weighs less than many bluegrass banjos, yet delivers incredible tone.

Smart design

means more value for you. This banjo does not have fancy and expensive mother of pearl inlays, instead the value is in the construction and playability.  Goodtime banjos have a very balanced feel in the hand, a feel that tells you instantly that it’s well made. What your hands feel is glass smooth contours, Deering’s own hardware, and the highest grade wood.  Their American Maple is machined with extreme precision for a banjo that’s lightweight and strong. The integrated fretboard is simple in design, and works incredibly well. The Goodtime 2 is a great choice for traveling- Take it with you in the car or truck on camping trips, snow vacations, just about anywhere. It is lightweight enough for a child to play. The silky smooth satin finish allows your hands to glide over the wood with ease. Greg and Janet Deering’s many years of banjo building has resulted in a great sounding banjo. This is the banjo that many people learn to play on, yet it’s so well made you may keep it for life. In fact, Goodtime banjos have even been used in commercial recordings by professional musicians. It’s that good!

Should you decide you’d like to upgrade to another Deering model later on, Deering’s trade-up program can’t be beat, the #YESBANJO trade up program. See WWW.DEERINGBANJOS.COM/TRADEUP  for more information.

This program makes it easy to get a substantial value credit on your Goodtime toward any new Deering banjo.

The Goodtime 2 has additional features like Silver frets pressed into the integral maple fretboard, tasteful wooden inlay fretboard markers and high quality geared tuners. In our opinion, this very smart approach to building a great banjo.

The Goodtime openback banjo is the foundation the entire Goodtime line has been built on. Including this model, theGoodtime 2 resonator banjo and their beautiful Artisan series banjos. Each carries a very smart approach to banjo construction,

and the Made in USA label!

Simply type “Goodtime” into the search bar in the header of this page to review the other models.

Here are the specs and features of the Goodtime 2:

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″ Frosted Top High Crown Head
Steel Tension Hoop
16 Bracket Shoes
16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Hex Nuts
Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
2 Piece Flange
Nickel Plated Armrest
Nickel Plated Hardware


Resonator of Blonde Maple
Black Binding
Durable Satin Finish

Gig Bag or Hardshell Case Sold Separately


Has a bright sound of maple that projects well.
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 with light gauge strings
Can be played with medium gauge strings as well.

Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4″
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26.25″
Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
Rim Diameter 11″
Overall Instrument Length 38″
Weight Approx. 6 lbs

Warranty: 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.

Plus, it is covered with Beyond Guitars’ 14 day customer satisfaction guarantee!

Please note that this banjo is being offered to you without a case or bag. You may like to select one from the choices below. We would suggest the Goodtime gig bag to keep it lightweight and simple!



Additional information

Weight 18 lbs


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