Deering Goodtime Deco banjo - straight - front
Deering Goodtime Deco banjo - armrest
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Deering Goodtime Deco banjo - straight - back
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo
Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo

Goodtime Deco 5-String Banjo

Regular price$579.00
  • Made In U.S.A.

Introducing a new variation on our most popular banjo, the look of the Goodtime Deco banjo is inspired by the American Art Deco design movement of the 1920s, featuring a distinct new inlay design and peghead engraving. The hardware is finished in a beautiful and durable US Bronze powder finish, which is not only hypoallergenic, it won’t tarnish! It also now features a comfortable armrest and as always, the Goodtime banjo is made in the U.S.A. It still has the playability and tone that the Goodtime banjo is famous for, and is light enough to bring with you anywhere.

The Goodtime Deco is the first of our new Goodtime Deco Series and is based on our most popular model, the Goodtime Openback, which has been a fan favorite since its original release in 1996.

The new Goodtime Deco is built upon the same 4 pillars of the Goodtime Principle, (Quality, Tone, Value, and Playability) but with the addition of a stunning aesthetic inspired by the vibrant American Art Deco design movement of the 1920s when the banjo reigned as America's most beloved instrument.

Impeccably designed, the Goodtime Deco banjos showcases timeless Art Deco inspired hardwood inlays with an engraved Art Deco motif in the peghead.

The hardware boasts our beautiful and durable US Bronze powder finish, perfectly accentuating the banjo's overall Art Deco-inspired appearance.

And by popular demand, each Goodtime banjo now includes a distinctive serial number discreetly stamped on the back of the peghead. This unique identifier adds a touch of exclusivity to your instrument, reflecting the attention to detail that goes into every Deering Goodtime Deco banjo.
Today, the Deering Goodtime banjo is as popular as ever, continuing to be the choice among musicians of all skill levels, thanks to its excellent craftsmanship, superior sound quality, and affordable price point. It is also the most recommended banjo for beginners!

Central to the success of the Goodtime banjo is the construction which utilizes high-quality materials and components, including a 3-ply violin-grade maple rim, and an exceptionally stable and slender hard rock maple neck, ensuring that it delivers a rich, full sound with excellent clarity and projection. The Goodtime tailpiece is our own design, the tension hoop is rolled in-house from raw metal. We took time to source the best possible tuners to compliment the Goodtime affordability and topped it off with the best banjo strings on the market.

This emphasis on quality also makes the Goodtime banjo incredibly easy to play, thanks to its slim neck profile, low string action, and smooth fretwork. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, you'll appreciate the Goodtime banjo's comfortable feel and excellent playability.

All Goodtime banjos are made by skilled craftsmen in our only facility, located in San Diego, CA.  And at only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and travel with conveniently.

Even when you eventually step up to an upperline model, we are certain that your trusty Goodtime will remain a go-to banjo.


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Neck Wood: Rock Maple
Neck Shape: Comfortable "D" Shape
Finish: Satin
Nut Width: 1 1/4"
Nut Material: Lexan Polycarbonate
Tuners: Sealed Geared Tuners
5th String Tuner: Goodtime Geared 5th String Tuner
Frets: 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Inlays: Art Deco Inspired Hardwood Bowtie Inlays


Rim: 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
Rim Diameter: 11"
Tone Ring:
Head: 11" Top Frosted High Crown
Tension Hoop: Beveled Steel Tension Hoop
Hooks & Nuts: 16 Flat J-Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
Armrest: US Bronze Powder Finished Goodtime Armrest
Hardware Plating: US Bronze Powder Finish
Bridge: 5/8" Goodtime Smile Bridge
Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
Finish: Hand Rubbed Polyurethane with Carnuba Wax Finish

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Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4"
Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4"
Rim Diameter: 11"
Overall Instrument Length: 37 1/2"
Weight Approx.: 4.5 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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Strings, Tuning, Etc.

Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Strings
String gauges: 10, 11, 13, 21w, 10

Comes tuned: G, D, G, B, D
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Gig bags and hardshell cases available below.

Why A Goodtime Banjo

The Pot


The responsive sensitivity of the maple, with the hard, dense ebony top contributes to the Goodtime banjos clear, resonant responsiveness.


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.


The proprietary Deering J-hooks are wider at the top to prevent twisting off the tension hoop when tightening the banjo head.

Goodtime banjo pot - the details


Made of special alloy that is strong and does not interfere with the singing resonance of the violin 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.

The Neck


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.


This fine grained, dense, extremely hard, wood creates a stable neck, and imparts a bright, crisp quality to the Goodtime banjo tone.

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