Goodtime™ "Bright Star" Banjo


"Bright Star shimmers on Broadway" - USA Today

"A Gorgeous Anththem To Optimism" - Variety

What better name for this banjo than “Bright Star”! Featuring a vibrant fully illustrated banjo head and custom engraved “Bright Star” on the peghead, this commemorative banjo is a welcome addition for  Steve Martin fans and banjo lovers around the world. With the vibrant tone of naturally finished violin grade maple and  weighing in at only 4 pounds, this collector’s banjo is ideal for traveling and for anyone needing a lighter weight banjo.

Customer tested and teacher approved, our Goodtime banjos help make happy and successful banjo players!

The “Bright Star” Broadway  play is derived from a real event in 1904 involving an abandoned baby thrown from a train and apparently found near a river in Missouri. Those of you who have heard the 2013  Martin/Brickell  CD “Love has Come for You” will immediately recognize the theme taken from the song “When you get to Asheville.”  Set in the 1920-1940 era of the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Asheville, NC, Martin’s  tale revolves around the lives of Alice Murphy and Billy Cane, whose writing ambitions cause their paths to cross. Reviewers  have  labelled the collaborative play as the kind of “emotional sweep and folksy wit we associate with Golden Age musicals from Rodgers and Hammerstein.” 

Make your own “bright star” tunes with this latest addition to the Goodtime family of banjos!

Custom "Bright Star" Engraving
Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Hardwood Bow Tie Inlays
Sealed Geared Tuners
Geared 5th String Tuner
Durable Satin Finish
Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead 

11″ Comemorative "Bright Star" Head
Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
Steel Tension Hoop
5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
Durable Satin Finish
Triangle Goodtime Box for Carrying 

Gig bag or Hardshell Case sold separately

Easy to play with clarity of note separation and round full bodied tone.

g,D,G,B,D in standard G tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

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

6 year warranty


Teachers look critically at a banjo because they want their students to be successful. Viewed from a teacher’s eye, he/she requires a banjo to be constructed with musical accuracy, ease of playability, adjustability, and durability. These are the reasons that teachers recommend the Goodtime banjo.
  • Rich Musical Tone and Accuracy
  • Ease Of Play
  • Easy To Maintain