Deering Artisan Goodtime Open-Back Banjo, 5-String

Touting an open-back design for reduced weight and a violin-grade maple rim for full sound, this Deering Artisan 5-string banjo is ready to hit the road.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Rock maple neck Superior strength and bright sound
Violin-grade maple rim Rich, full, round note distinction

The stunning Goodtime banjo embodies 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. It is a never ending quest that Deering pursues every single day. So with improved tooling and a higher than normal dose of creativity, we bid farewell to our old friend the Classic Goodtime and welcome with open arms the stunning aesthetic of the Artisan Goodtime Banjos.

The familiar rich dark brown stain, planetary tuning pegs and the addition of 5th string spikes at frets 7, 9, 10 for alternate tunings allows this light weight maple banjo to exceed the features customers wanted and needed. The violin-grade maple rim is made of the same wood used on the professional level Deering models and gives the Goodtime banjo a rich, full, round note distinction.

Light weight enough to travel with, convenient enough to keep by your easy chair at home, the Goodtime Artisan is great for hours of practice with a neck that is both comfortable to play and accurate to fret. This Goodtime banjo is not only beautiful to look at but will bring you hours of musical enjoyment.
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

- Neck:
- Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained A Rich Brown
- Vintage Artisan Style Inlays
- Goodtime Logo Engraved On Peghead
- Deering Peghead shape
- Planetary Tuners
- Geared 5th String Tuner
- Durable Satin Finish
- Spikes installed at 7th, 9th, & 10th frets
- Pot:
- 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown
- 11" Frosted Top Head
- Steel Tension Hoop
- A Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
- 16 Bracket Shoes
- 16 Flat Hooks and 9/32" Hex Nuts
- Patented Adjustable Goodtime Tailpiece
- Nickel Plated Armrest
- Nickel Plated Hardware
- Durable Satin Finish
- Openback

- Comes with a Triangle Box/Case
- Gig Bag or Hardshell Case is priced separately
- Tone:
- Has a clear and bright sound of maple.
- Easy to play with clarity of note separation.

- Tuned: 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

- Dimensions:
- Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4",
- Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4"
- Diameter 11"
- Overall Instrument Length 37.5"
- Weight Approx. 6.5 lbs

Warranty: 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.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 19 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AG
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 19 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AG

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-845-7791

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted November 19, 2022 by thomas mardas in Cornish, ME

"I'd applaud but i'd fall over!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
(see rating details)
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
So after playing fingerstyle guitar for years i decided i wanted to learn banjo. My Uncle gave me an old Buckbee and i put some nylon strings on it but it needs to be set up better, won't stay in tune etc. I was ready to give up. Then i read about Deering banjo's saw many video's online etc. Plus being a proud veteran i like to buy American when possible. This banjo arrived in one day from zzounds! I literally let it acclimate for 30 minutes and then tuned it up to open G. Wow! Open back banjo projected so well and loud my daughter in her upstairs bedroom with a bose speaker cranking heard it! It not only plays like a dream, stays in tune, sounds amazing but i realized that my practice time with Buckbee wasn't wasted. Right out of the box the craftmanship is superb, the tonality, intonation, looks, i just ordered a Deering gig bag to protect this gem! To pay less than 150 with 5 no interest payments left and have this in my hands in one day i'm still in shock. Ordered it yesterday afternoon and needless to say when Fed Ex pulled into my driveway this morning my wife's job list for me has been on hold. I just hung it on it's string swing and am going to eat something, get some chores done and then back to this banjo. Ordering bib overalls tonight! No bs, here this is money well spent. Oh, 6 year warranty!

Musical Background:

Classical guitar at age 15. Played in bands at age 17 with electric guitars. Play a variety of styles now mostly acoustic guitar

Musical Style:

Classical, Ragtime, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and soon Banjo!
1 of 1 people (100%) people found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!


  • 12 x  
  • 8 x  
FREE -Day Shipping!
Get it  for
Get it by if you order within
Shipping to