Deering Goodtime Special Artisan 17-Fret Tenor Openback

Deering Goodtime Special Artisan 17-Fret Tenor Openback

Brand: Deering | Stock Id: GOODTIME-AO-T17F

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting. A great looking American made banjo that features a tone ring, resonator, & Midnight Maple fingerboard.

The Artisan Goodtime Special has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Artisan Goodtime Special can be heard with a sweet voice with sustain that complements all the instruments in a band.

The stunning new Artisan Goodtime banjos epitomizes Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could. Pearloid vintage artisan style inlays pop off the new Midnight Maple fingerboard, while the peghead is adorned with a beautifully engraved design.

The Artisan Goodtime Special banjo is an achievement in keeping the cost down while providing an instrument that will stay in tune and perform reliably because it is made with precision by skilled American craftsmen. Made efficiently at our factory in Spring Valley (San Diego area of California), this is a comfortably playable banjo with a wonderfully bright tone. It is a solid dependable instrument that is immensely playable with excellent tonality and clarity.

Left-hand model also available. (GOODTIME-AO-T17FL)

Goodtime Artisan Special 17 Fret Tenor Openback THUMBNAIL


Style: 4-String Tenor (17-Fret) Openback Banjo

Head: 11″ Frosted Top High Crown Head

Rim: 11″ 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown

Neck Wood: Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained A Rich Brown

Fingerboard: Midnight Maple Fingerboard

Tone Ring: Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring

Made in USA


Goodtime Artisan Openback Banjos


  • Slender Rock Maple Neck Stained a Rich Brown
  • Vintage Artisan Style Inlays
  • 17 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
  • Goodtime Special Logo Engraved On Peghead
  • Planetary Tuners
  • Durable Satin Finish
  • Deering Fiddle Shaped Peghead


  • 11″ 3-ply Violin Grade Maple Rim Stained Rich Brown
  • Patented Goodtime Special Tone Ring
  • Steel Tension Hoop
  • 11″ Frosted Top High Crown Head
  • 5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime Bridge
  • 16 Flat Hooks with 9/32″ Nuts
  • 16 Bracket Shoes with Screw Attachments
  • Deering Patented Goodtime Tailpiece
  • Steel Coordinator Rod for Adjustments
  • Durable Satin Finish


  • Maple Resonator Stained Rich Brown
  • Black Binding
  • Durable Satin Finish


Has a clear and bright sound of maple. Easy to play with clarity of note separation.


C,G,D,A in standard tenor tuning. G,D,A,E in Irish tuning.

Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.


  • Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/8″
  • Scale Length Nut to Bridge 21″
  • Rim Diameter 11″
  • Resonator Diameter 13 7/8″
  • Overall Instrument Length 32″
  • Weight Approx. 5 lbs

Due to ongoing product development efforts, specifications are subject to change without notice.

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