As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 7
When I was asked to review a banjo, I was quite excited. You see, I recently had bought a 6-string banjo myself. As a guitar player, I have always loved the idea of a 6-string banjo. Not only do I love the sound, but I can’t help but smile when I hear one being played.
The Goodtime Banjo by Deering is fitted with Elixir XL strings which is the brand I use on my guitars. This may be part of the reason I felt so comfortable playing this banjo from the moment I picked it up. The bridge has the cut-out grooves for the strings to rest in. This may not seem that important, but not all banjos come this way which means on some banjos you have to do it yourself when you get it home.
As for the construction of this instrument, it has a two-way truss rod for easy relief in the neck adjustment. It has an 11inch 3-ply violin grade maple rim with a frosted top head to give it the more traditional banjo sound. The neck is 1-11/16” nut width with a hard rock dark brown maple fingerboard with a 15” radius and accented with block style inlays in a lighter brown color. The 22 fret neck is very comfortable with great action and no buzzing no matter what position I was playing in. It has a bright traditional banjo sound.
It was so comfortable to play that I did not want to put it down. If you are a guitar player looking to add some authentic banjo sounds, I would encourage you to try out this Deering banjo. You might fall in love with it like I did!
By Re Mattei