Deering Goodtime Deco 5-String Openback Banjo - Natural


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.

Serial Number: 012624-16

Weight: 4.4 lbs



  • Neck Wood: Rock Maple
  • Neck Shape: Comfortable "D" Shape
  • Stain:
  • 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


  • 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
  • Tailpiece: Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Finish: Hand Rubbed Polyurethane with Carnuba Wax Finish


  • 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


  • 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.