The Deering website says: Pick it in the parlor, in the park, or any where you go…Deering’s new GoodTime Parlor banjo is light weight and made with a shorter scale to meet a variety of needs for today’s banjo players! Introduced at the industry’s major show in Anaheim recently, the model was very well received by dealers, artists, and other attendees. Reminiscent of the shorter scale banjos that were popular in the 1890s, the Goodtime Parlor banjo is a 19 fret, 5-string rock maple banjo that weighs only 4 pounds in the open-back version and a mere 5 pounds with a resonator model. Created with a traditional fiddle style peghead bearing a GoodTime logo, this bright, sparkling banjo has good tone and projection despite its smaller size. The banjo comes standard with the new sealed, geared, nickel plated guitar tuners but planetary tuners are available for a modest upgrade charge. The overall length of the banjo ranges from 33 ¼ to 34” depending on whether you have the open back or resonator style. This one’s the open-back. Deering Banjos is offering the Parlor Goodtime banjo at no increase in price from the 22-fret models. The open back retails for $499 and the resonator model for $699 and is available now through authorized Deering dealers. Tuned to open G like the 22-fret version GoodTime, the tone of the Parlor Goodtime banjo is slightly brighter due to the shorter scale. The same light gauge strings popular on all Deering banjos are used for the Parlor version so there will be no need to search for special strings to fit the banjo. This shorter scale is ideal for younger children whose naturally shorter reach has sometimes been an issue with the standard 22-fret GoodTime banjos.
The Deering List Price is $509