Based on the best-selling Goodtime banjo, the Goodtime Openback 17-Fret Tenor is tuned in 5ths like a viola or cello (C,G,D,A), making it a great crossover instrument for string players!
While the 19-Fret Tenor is the traditional tenor option, the 17-Fret is particularly beneficial to Irish/Celtic players looking for a shorter scale length to make those tricky single-note runs or extensive fingerboard stretches.
It is a delight to play with its short-scale fretboard, slim neck, and lightweight body and if desired, can be tuned for Irish G,D,A,E (requires Irish Tenor string set)
Made in America at the Deering Banjo factory in California, the Goodtime™ Openback 17-Fret Tenor banjo weighs about 4 pounds so it is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, and taking to the beach and provides a vibrant singing banjo tone in any situation.
Also, light enough to easily hold and play and is the perfect banjo to start out with since it is fretted correctly and plays easily. The shorter 17-fret neck reduces the length of the entire banjo to just 32 inches end to end.
Neck Wood: Rock Maple
Nut Width: 1 1/8"
Nut Material: Lexan Polycarbonate
Tuners: Sealed Geared Tuners
5th String Tuner:
Frets: 17 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Rim: 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
Rim Diameter: 11"
Head: 11" Bottom Frosted High Crown
Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
Hardware Plating: Nickel
Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
Finish: Hand Rubbed Polyurethane with Carnuba Wax Finish
Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/8"
Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 21"
Rim Diameter: 11"
Overall Instrument Length: 32"
Weight Approx.: 4.0 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 Deering Tenor Strings
String gauges: 10 16 24w 30w
Comes tuned: C, G, D, 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.