The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16468   Message #154343
Posted By: Rick Fielding
26-Dec-99 - 06:25 PM
Thread Name: Deering Goodtime Banjo
Subject: RE: BS: Deering Goodtime Banjo
Oops Jon. Nope, the Deering Good Time would NOT be suitable for bluegrass. It's super light weight and works nicely for frailing, and is superior to every one of the oriental imports in the same (or slightly higher) price bracket. What it CAN'T do is project the volume and sustain needed to make bluegrass sound right. Bluegrass banjo is of course played with finger picks and you're going to need a MUCH heavier instrument. If a true bluegrass instrument is out of your price range (Gibson Mastertones and Deering Pro models will set you back WAY over a thousand dollars) you might try to find an older Ibanez, Fender or Washburn, which are not that scarce and can be had for 4 to 6 hundred. Good Luck.

I havent had a chance to try the cheap Deering resonator model.

Rick