This collaboration was inspired by Valerie’s newly launched Children’s book “Somebody to Love”, the story of her banjolele. Her Giving Tuesday Banjolele will benefit is Literacy Mid South, who have the mission to provide literacy resources to learners of all backgrounds and ages. They serve all the Mid-South, from adults to children.
Literacy Mid-South improves the quality of life in their community through education by providing literacy programs for adults and children as well as a network of collaborative projects with some of the Mid-South's finest educational organizations. Their organization was formed to help people of all ages and backgrounds achieve the critical literacy skills they need to navigate the world. They are a group of passionate staff, volunteers, board, and community organizations dedicated to making the Mid-South a community actively engaged in continuous learning. For more than 45 years, enduring changes in its programs, leadership, and even its name, Literacy Mid-South has stayed true to the vision that inspired its creation in 1974: to bring the gift of literacy to people of the Mid-South.
Often called a banjolele, simply strum a few chords and you will be taken to a land without the stress and distractions of the daily routine. The nylon strings make playing easy on your fingers and the small size and light weight allows you to take this instrument with you literally anywhere - the beach, the office, camping, boating - you name it! Made in America.
*Shipping, Customs and Duty fees paid by recipient
Neck Wood: Aged Walnut
Nut Width: 1 3/8"
Nut Material: Lexan Polycarbonate
Tuners: Sealed Geared Tuners
5th String Tuner:
Frets: 17 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Rim: 11" 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Rim Diameter: 11"
Head: 11" Renaissance High Crown
Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks with 9/32″ Hex Nuts
Hardware Plating: Nickel
Tailpiece: Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
Finish: Hand Rubbed Polyurethane with Carnuba Wax Finish
Neck Width at the Nut: 1 3/8"
Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 15"
Rim Diameter: 11"
Overall Instrument Length: 23 1/2"
Weight Approx.: 4 lbs
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.
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Comes strung with Aquila
String gauges: Super Nylgut
Comes tuned: G, C, E, A
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Gig bags and hardshell cases available below.
Why A Goodtime Banjo
1. DEERING GOODTIME SMILE BRIDGE
The responsive sensitivity of the maple, with the hard, dense ebony top contributes to the Goodtime banjos clear, resonant responsiveness.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. QUIET COORDINATOR ROD
Made of special alloy that is strong and does not interfere with the singing resonance of the violin maple rim.
5. 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 Deering puts this professional grade 3-ply maple rim in a banjo in this price range.
6. 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.
7. 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.