New Instrument Review
December 6, 2000
What this world needs is a good cheap banjo
Deering Goodtime Banjo
© Frank Ford, 2000; Photos by FF
Yep, it's just the thing to get started playing. It took me quite a while to get over the peghead shape and the "Goodtime" name. Perhaps I just don't live close enough to Disneyland. Anyhow, I do think this is a great instrument value. Thanks to the efficiency of CNC machining, now a factory that makes fine high-end professional instruments can also make budget ones without apology. Years ago, the only way to make this kind of instrument was to take some serious liberties with functional quality.
The Goodtime has no extraneous decoration. But it does have a fine neck, excellent fretting, and geared tuners all around. Unlike most beginner instruments from the Far East, and earlier American efforts, this baby plays very well and is easily adjusted. It's a winner.
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