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Deering Upgrades the Goodtime Classics
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Author:  paulrace [ Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Deering Upgrades the Goodtime Classics

They are now called Artisan and have stain that goes all the way through the fingerboard, though they've kept the rock maple. Fancier engraving on the head and fancy inlays on the fingerboard are nice, too. I won't rush right out and get one because I'm so happy with my 5-string Classic Special Openback. The Goodtimes have always played better "out of the box" than any other banjos under $1000, but people have been seduced by the fancy inlays, etc., on the cheap imports. Now they look very nice, too, while retaining the "old-timey" looks that make them ideal for historical reenactments and the like.

Now when they come out with the six-string Special Openback version, watch out!

Author:  paulrace [ Mon May 30, 2016 7:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Deering Upgrades the Goodtime Classics

I now have more banjos that I can possibly justify, except by selling off a couple. The most recent addition is a Goodtime Artisan, chosen for all the wonderful playability and quality it shares with my bass-line Goodtime, and also because of upgrades, including a more traditional finish, planetary tuners, and spikes. But it's not my second Goodtime; that's a Classic Special, which is the open-back banjo I use for professional gigs now. For the whole story, and a comparison among the various lines, check out this article: ... dtimes.htm

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