Deering Goodtime Blackgrass

5-String Banjo

The black stain covering the entirety of the maple wood, along with its matte black hardware and a black headstock, gives this otherwise traditional instrument a "dark" side.

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Head: 11" Black High Crown Head
  • Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Nut width: 31.8 mm (1.25")
  • Tone ring: Patented Steel Goodtime Special Tone Ring
  • Rim: 11" Satin Black 3-ply violin grade maple rim
  • Tension hoop: Steel
  • Resonator: Satin black stained maple
  • Scale: 667 mm (26.25")
  • Black binding
  • Black hardware (except for machine heads)
  • Bridge: 5/8" (15.9 mm) Midnight Maple / Ebony Goodtime Smile Bridge
  • Tailpiece: Deering Quiet Tailpiece
  • Closed machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: Deering Light Gauge Banjo Strings (article no. 378078)
  • Colour: Black, matte
  • Made in USA

Further Information

Number Of Srings 5
Body Maple
Neck Maple
Frets 22
incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Pickup No
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Great quality, good looking!
baconburgare, 25.03.2021
First off, I'm a total newbie on banjos. Thought I'd start of with something really good so I can't blame my own lack of experience on the instrument itself. Any way, her goes:

Looks - I was aiming for something more traditional, like what everyone is expecting a banjo to look like. But the more I look at this beauty, the more I love it. So no regrets there. The top (skin) might become a problem tho as it's so shiny and glossy, every fingerprint shows. So bear that in mind, will probably annoy you after a while. In time I will probably replace this shiny top.

Quality - Wow! Looks like the body is manufactured with laser or something. This is super well done!

Sound - Sounds really good to me as a newbie. Had to restring with medium strings and now I think it sounds even better.

Overall - I did have an issue with an of the tuning pegs, seemed to be loose somehow, but fixed that with a screwdriver. Tuning pegs feels a bit "cheap" overall which is sad for such an overall great experience.

No bag included

The look and feel of this banjo forgives a lot. The intonation was almost perfect as delivered. I won't regret buying this style over the traditional style. Black matters!
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