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Openback Banjos

Openback banjos (versus resonator banjos) are preferred by Old-timey and clawhammer players for the mellower, plunky tone. Open back banjos are also lighter and can be less expensive than a resonator banjo. They usually have a different setup than a resonator banjo, often with a higher string action (string action refers to how high the strings are positioned above the fingerboard). We have a great selection of openback banjos from which to choose, from our beginner models to the highly sought after Vega Old Time banjos.

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Savannah SB-070 Open Back Banjo
Savannah SB-070 Open Back Banjo
Savannah is dedicated to bringing classic acoustic instruments of the American folk tradition to players of all levels. With outstanding features and unbeatable values, Savannah instruments are a great way to explore popular acoustic instruments at a reasonable price without sacrificing quality. With a variety of models to suit every style and level of player, Savannah instruments are the perfect match for a sunny afternoon jam, an open mic, or anywhere in between. Maple Rim Rosewood Fretboard Geared 5th Peg 14:1 Covered Tuners 18 Brackets Remo Fiberskyn Head 2 Year Warranty
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Rover RB-20 Open Back Banjo
Rover RB-20 Open Back Banjo
This newly-upgraded RB-20 is the IDEAL first banjo! Every detail has been carefully thought out to bring you an attractive, great sounding banjo with a host of professional features at a price anyone can easily afford! The new peghead design is reminiscent of the Classic Art Deco peg heads of the 1930s while the super-strong, lightweight composite rim utilizes the most modern technology to give each banjo a warm, yet articulate tone that really cuts through the mix in any live situation. The beginning player will appreciate the smooth, easy action of the tuning machines as well as the accuracy of the geared fifth-string peg. The fast playing mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard has also been upgraded to include a slightly wider nut width than other banjos in the category; giving both beginner and advanced player all the room they need to hit all the right licks! Add to that an adjustable truss rod to keep the neck in perfect alignment at all times, and the new Rover RB-20 is truly a professionally featured banjo with standard specifications that is not just serviceable, but will also last a life-time.
Product# RB-20
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Rover RB-20P Student Plectrum Banjo
Rover RB-20P Student Plectrum Banjo
here's a banjo band in the Pizza Parlor near you--go on down and see how much fun it is to play the four-string banjo! If you're new to the joys of the four-string, there's no better place to start than a Rover RB-20P Plectrum banjo. The RB-20P is an open-back banjo with a modern composite rim--light and easy to carry--and a professionally styled neck designed for fast and easy playing. The long, 26 3/8-inch scale in the Plectrum tuning makes close harmony chords a breeze. Learning the banjo has never been so fun--or affordable!
Product# RB-20P
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Rocky Top RT-B15-OP 18 Bracket Open Back Banjo
Rocky Top RT-B15-OP 18 Bracket Open Back Banjo
If you want to learn how to play 5 string banjo, the Rocky Top RT-15-OP is a great place to start. This banjo has features that are typically only found in banjos costing much more, such as open geared tuning machines, maple neck, and an Open Back design.
Product# RT-B15-OP
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Gold Tone CC-50 Open Back Banjo with Bag
Gold Tone CC-50 Open Back Banjo with Bag
For an economy 5-string, the CC-50 outshines the competition. Our 12 point set-up ensures accurate intonation, easy fingering, and good tone. Optional resonator may be added later. Includes Padded Gig Bag
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Rover RB-110 Openback Banjo
Rover RB-110 Openback Banjo
Our already popular line of Rover Student Banjos has been expanded to include two new wood rim models. Introducing the RB-110 open back banjos as part of the Front Porch Series and combines correct, traditional features, and the new wood rim to make a banjo that will make the learning experience that much more enjoyable.
Product# RB-110
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Gold Tone CC-100 Cripple Creek Open Back
Gold Tone CC-100 Cripple Creek Open Back
More than 35,000 Cripple Creek banjos have been sold during the last 20 years! They are by far the best student banjo for the tone and playability in their price range. Made from hard rock maple, they are durable, sound terrific, have low string action, and are a pleasure to play.
Product# CC100(O)
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Gold Tone CC-Carlin Banjo
Gold Tone CC-Carlin Banjo
Gold Tone has added a 12″ old time banjo to their popular cripple creek line. As on all Carlin models, Gold Tone uses a 12″ rim and a fingerboard scoop. Other features include a 1 3/8″ nut width, Double action truss rod, chrome plating, and renaissance head.

Includes Padded Gig Bag

Product# CC-Carlin
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Recording King RK-025 Madison Open Back Banjo
Recording King RK-025 Madison Open Back Banjo
he Recording King Madison banjos offer players an unparalleled combination of quality, versatility and value. With a hand-rubbed satin finish, a maple neck with adjustable truss rod and a true steam-bent maple rim, the Madison starts with a great foundation for a serious banjo. Add professional appointments like dual coordinator rods, planetary tuners, nickel-plated hardware and a Remo head, and you have a banjo that sounds great without breaking the bank. The Madison RK-O25 open-back model has 24 shoes for precision tuning and a classic old-time open-back sound.
Product# RK-025
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Recording King RK- OT25 Madison Old-Time Open Back Banjo
Recording King RK- OT25 Madison Old-Time Open Back Banjo
The all-new RK-OT25 is an old-time picking machine, with a steam-bent maple rim, 24-bracket tension hoop, and the clean look of all of our Madison banjos. We've built this banjo specifically for old-time players, with features like our scooped fretboard, Presto tailpiece and old-style Remo FiberSkyn head.
Product# RK-OT25
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Gold Tone BC-120 Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Gold Tone BC-120 Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Following the success of the Bob Carlin models, the BC-350 and BC-350+, Gold Tone introduced a new brother, the BC-120. This economically priced version of the BC line has many of the features of its costlier relative such as the 12″ rim and rolled brass tone ring for increased mid-range and bass response, a fingerboard scoop to play over the neck for a deeper tone, a wider fingerboard to facilitate drop thumb, a “hot-dog” vintage-style armrest, Renaissance banjo head, and No Knot tailpiece. Other features exclusive to this model include the dual coordinator rod configuration, rosewood fingerboard, bone nut, and geared tuners. For those that want to get into a 12″ banjo at the beginner price, the BC-120 is for you.
Product# BC-120 with Bag
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Gold Tone CB-100 Openback Banjo
Gold Tone CB-100 Openback Banjo
Entry-level price with features of a high-end banjo. A scooped fingerboard, rolled brass rod tone ring, and vintage design makes this banjo a great value. It’s also lightweight and great for traveling or practicing. The CB-100 features an innovative Gold Tone dowel stick/coordinator rod. The metal rod is inserted inside the dowel stick, which provides superior neck support and allows neck angle adjustments.
Product# CB-100
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Gold Tone MM-150 Maple Mountain Openback Banjo
Gold Tone MM-150 Maple Mountain Openback Banjo
A professional and affordable model, which includes a frailing scoop, traditional heel cut, no-knot tailpiece and Vega-style armrest. The White Ladye tone ring provides a loud, plunky tone preferred by old time players. Long neck version is tuned in the key of E
Product# MM-150
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Gold Tone WL-250 White Ladye Openback Banjo
Gold Tone WL-250 White Ladye Openback Banjo
Our most popular openback ever! The design provides a plunky but punchy tone well-suited for old time and folk music. A White Ladye three-part tone ring is coupled with a 1/2” rim. Most competitors use a 3/4” bluegrass rim, but our 1/2” rim allows more air chamber volume. Other features include ebony fingerboard, vintage heel shape, no-knot tailpiece, and double adjusting truss rod. Includes a fingerboard scoop.
Product# WL-250
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Gold Tone WL-250+ White Ladye Deluxe Openback Banjo
Gold Tone WL-250+ White Ladye Deluxe Openback Banjo
Due to the enormous popularity of our standard WL-250 model, we have now introduced an exquisite version featuring our custom tree of life inlay. Unlike other tree of life inlay designs, the position markers are easily seen by the flower patterns for up the neck playing. A fingerboard scoop is not available for this model.
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Gold Tone Bob Carlin BC-350 Openback Banjo
Gold Tone Bob Carlin BC-350 Openback Banjo
Bob Carlin is most well known in the banjo world for his incredible tone. The Gold Tone BC Series featuring the 12” body provides Bob with more mid-range and bass response than the standard 11” designs. Whether you are new to openback banjo or want to add a new sound to your banjo arsenal, the BC-350 is an excellent choice!
Product# BC-350
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Gold Tone BC-350+ Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Gold Tone BC-350+ Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Similar specs to the BC-350, the Bob Carlin Signature Series BC-350+ is a gorgeous work of art. This model is an upgraded version featuring a vintage brown mahogany finish offset with triple plated gold hardware, an exquisite vintage inlay style highly acclaimed during the heyday of the banjo, and a beautifully inlayed elaborate headstock design. Other features similar to the standard BC-350 model include a 12″ pot assembly, scooped ebony fingerboard, specific neck profile dimensions and a nut width of 1-3/8”, a rolled brass tone ring, and a No Knot tailpiece. Gold Tone pays special attention during final assembly and setup at the Gold Tone Factory in Florida to Bob’s unique set up procedure for optimal tone. For only a few dollars more than the original BC-350, you can own an eye catching collectors banjo! Bob Carlin is most well known in the banjo world for his incredible tone. The Gold Tone BC Series featuring the 12” body provides Bob with more mid-range and bass response than the standard 11” designs. Whether you are new to openback banjo or want to add a new sound to your banjo arsenal, the BC-350+ is an excellent choice!
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