LET’S HAVE A GOOD TIME
Introduced as lightweight and affordable, easy to play instruments handmade in the USA, Deering’s ‘Goodtime’ range instantly made a splash on their debut. The ‘Americana’ is an extension of this line and is the first to feature Deering’s Grand 12” rim, designed to add bass response and an overall warmer tone. Continuing on with their blonde aesthetics, the AM also features a hard rock maple neck, nickel plated hardware and some spiffy hardwood fret inlays.
Tonally one of the first things you’ll notice is the more rounded, bassier tone. Perhaps equally due to the larger rim diameter and thick 3 ply size you’re definitely getting some extra body mass to round out the Americana’s fundamental tone. Not as snappy and in your face as a typical open back, it’s been suggested as a good instrument choice for accompanying a vocalist or use as a singer songwriter. Keep in mind that’s it definitely still got a decidedly traditional banjo tone.
JUMP ON THE BANJO WAGON
You’ll find banjos being used in a range of music styles these days, and not just the realm of country and bluegrass. Deering is one of the go to names for all things Banjo, so the fact they’re also catering to the lower price point is a great chance to get into the caper. Spanky and clear, the Americana benefits from the 12” rim for tones that’ll sit in with a sing along or pump out some rolls as needed. If you’re adverse to the weightier and slightly more bulky traditional closed back models, these Goodtimes come in at under 2kgs.