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GOTR Goodtime™ Banjo



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The GOTR (Gentlemen of the Road) Goodtime Banjo is the long-awaited Mumford & Sons banjo, built for their fans to inspire them to be a part of creating music. Modeled after our legendary Goodtime Openback, the GOTR banjo is made in America by Deering in the same factory as our upperline banjos.

While bringing banjo and Mumford & Sons fans the Charity Banjo Campaign, we have received countless requests for a Mumford & Sons banjo that is affordable and inspiring to both learn on and travel the road with.  Through much collaboration on what this banjo should be and what band art should grace its neck and skin, it is our great pleasure to present to you the Gentlemen of The Road Goodtime Banjo 

Available online only.

The GOTR Banjo is based on our Goodtime Openback model, which is renowned as the top learning banjo by teachers  as well as a great option for players on the go. Easy to play, durable and simple to maintain. At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and travel with.  
Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) encompasses the work the band members of Mumford & Sons do with the opportunity they have to tour the world and meet fascinating wonderful people. It is their way of bringing their community of music lovers together with those communities they encounter; engaging with local communities through charitable efforts, which Deering is proud to have been involved with for over 6 years!

In this spirit, we introduce you to the GOTR Goodtime Banjo to bring music to communities all over the world. 

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Banjo Specs


  • Blonde Slender Rock Maple Neck
  • 22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • GOTR Shield Inlays
  • Mumford & Sons Engraved at the 21st Fret
  • Est. 2007 the Year Mumford & Sons Formed as a Band Engraved at the 22nd Fret
  • Sealed Geared Tuners
  • Geared 5th String Tuner
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead bearing Mumford & Son’s Original Willis and GOTR Shield


  • 11" Blonde 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 11″ Custom Remo Banjo Head Bearing the Delta Tour Mumford & Son’s Wings Logo
  • 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
  • Openback
  • 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.


Comes strung with Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings


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

Deering Banjo Padded Gig Bag Available Here


Why Teachers Love This Banjo

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

The Details


Deering Goodtime Smile Bridge

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


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.


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.


Quiet Coordinator Rod

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


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.


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.


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.

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