Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo 12 In. Rim Review

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The Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo has a grand 12 inch rim and a beautiful Renaissance head. These combine to give the instrument an incredible bass response with a warm tone. From the peghead with the Americana name all the way down to the blonde rim, this banjo will look great while you’re learning to play or when you’re standing in front of an audience.

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Deering Goodtime Americana Banjo 12 In Rim

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  • Grand 12” rim
  • Renaissance head
  • Rock maple neck
  • Hardwood bow-tie inlay
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Geared fifth string
  • Long-neck 22 frets

First Impressions

This is a stunning instrument that has a great sound. This is actually an upgraded model with a grand 12” rim and Renaissance head. We’ve included a video from the manufacturer, so you can hear how much warmer the tone is with the new, improved banjo.

The Goodtime Americana is a long-neck banjo that has been around for years, but the current new model has a warmer sound. It’s made of natural woods with quality construction from a company that cares about its customers. They only create a certain amount every year because they take the time to make quality instruments that are good enough for their customers.

The Americana has the Deering fiddle-shaped peghead with the name engraved on it in beautiful script. We love the fine details and satin finish of this instrument. When you’re purchasing accessories for your banjo playing, make sure you buy a stand to display your banjo when you’re not plucking those strings.

Deering Company

The Deering Banjo company has been around for over 40 years. They’re the company that actually made Pete Seeger’s long-neck banjo back in the day. He’s the one that made the Deering Vega incredibly popular. They have been creating banjos that customers love for generations.

The company creates banjos with artisans who have a total of 271 years of experience. They provide some of the best banjos in the world. They are a family-run business that cares about the quality of the products they produce. They back those products up with great customer service and warranties for their instruments.

Required Setup

The banjos delivered to customers are left loose to ensure that they are not destroyed during delivery. When you buy a banjo from any company, you can be assured that it’ll come with loose strings and a bridge that needs to be placed. It’s always best to expect that you’ll have to make adjustments yourself or bring it to a professional who can perform those tasks for you.

The strings will need to be tightened and tuned to get the warm sound that the Americana can produce. There are markings on the bridge where you’ll want to place it under the strings, but in some cases, the markings might not be accurate. The professional will be able to accurately insert the bridge where it’ll produce the best sound. All the bolts and brackets should be tightened, too.

Instrument Materials

The rim is made of blonde violin-grade maple while the neck is a slender rock maple. The bridge is maple as well with an ebony top. This gives the entire banjo a lovely light appearance. The blonde material looks great with the dark, hardwood bow-tie inlay along the fret and the nickel-plated hardware.

Resonator or Open Back

The warm sound of the banjo is further enhanced by the open-back design. A resonator works to give a sound with more twang, which is great for certain kinds of music. Other styles need a warmer tone with less twang and resonance. You’ll love the warmth of the tone created with the open back on this Deering Goodtime Americana. If you haven’t, make sure you listen and watch the company’s video that we linked above. You can hear the beautiful tone of the instrument for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the banjo weigh?
This isn’t one of the most lightweight options for a banjo. It weighs approximately 11 pounds. It’s shipping weight is 11.35 pounds.

Does it come with any accessories?
This doesn’t come with accessories. You’ll have to measure the length and width of the instrument to find the right case for it.

Does the banjo come with a warranty?
The company provides for a 6-year warranty. You can contact their responsive customer service to report any problems.


From the beautiful fiddle-shaped peghead to the lovely blonde finish and the grand rim, this instrument is a true representation of the Deering quality of instruments. It’s a long-neck five-string banjo that looks as good as it sounds. We recommend this instrument for those who want to play something a bit different than the same old five-string that other musicians have played. You’ll catch the interest of everyone in your band as well as the audience.

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