Deering gave me a chance to check out their brand new Goodtime Banjo Ukulele. They say they have had a lot customer requests to make a banjo ukuleles. Of course they aren’t the first company to release a banjo uke, but I do think that they got it right.
It looks and sounds great. I’ve always liked the looks of Deering’s Goodtime banjo series. The light colored maple looks great. One of it’s most distinguishing features is the large (11 inch) rim. According to their website, this was done to make the sound “wonderfully warm yet noticeably louder and fuller”. It does sound great and it can be really loud. In fact, if you are in a ukulele jam group, be a little gentle with the strums. This uke’s volume could overpower a smaller group, if you aren’t careful. 🙂 If you are a live performer, using a microphone to capture the sound will not be a problem.
This is a fine instrument. If you want to get a banjo ukulele, or expand your collection, you really can’t go wrong with this “Made in America” gem.
Here are the specifications of the uke:
- Concert Scale
- 3-ply Violin Maple 11” Rim
- 11” Renaissance Head
- Extended Fingerboard
- Patented Deering Bridge Plate
- Aquila Super Nylgut Strings
- Maple Neck
- 17 Frets
- 16 Hooks & Nuts
- Overall Size: 23.5”
- Left Handed Available
- MADE IN USA
Get more info here on Deering’s website.
There is even a custom gig bag available for it.
Here’s a video Deering made to show the build process of their banjo ukulele:
Check out my video thoughts on this instrument and a demo: