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Open Back Banjos 

Open-back banjos are normally associated with a popular style of banjo playing called clawhammer. Clawhammer banjo is normally associated with a genre of traditional music that is different from bluegrass that is called Old Time Music, Old Timey, folk or traditional Appalachian music.

Open back banjos generally have a mellower tone and weigh less than resonator banjos. The clawhammer models often have what is called a scooped neck which takes out the highest five frets of the banjo neck. This is done to make it possible to play "clawhammer style" closer to the fret board and forward of the pot or round section of the banjo that has the drum head on it.

  • Goldtone
    Goldtone

    Goldtone Open Back banjos for Clawhammer, Old Time, frailing and other folk style. Many open back banjos can also work well for three finger bluegrass style as a lighter weight alternative to heavier bluegrass banjos with a resonator.

    We carry all Gold Tone Old time banjos and at the best prices. We include a case with every Gold Tone open back banjo and many other free items like electronic tuners and straps.

    ...."Thanks for beating my lowest quote and I will definitely will be back to order again! Great customer service"

    Open Back Clawhammer, Old Time Banjos from Gold Tone Banjos!

  • Morgan Monroe Open Back Banjos
    Morgan Monroe Open...

    Morgan Monroe open back banjos for sale at great prices. Good models to learn to play banjo for bluegrass, clawhammer, old timey and folk style banjo.

  • Deering Open Back
    Deering Open Back

    Deering Open Back banjos for learning and playing bluegrass, clawhammer, and old time styles. Many beginner banjos to start on with beginner banjo kits. Deerings are American Made in California. We are a full service Deering Dealer.

  • Nechville Open Back Banjos
    Nechville Open Back...

    Nechville Open Back Banjos
    Nechville Banjos known for their bluegrass Helimount designed banjos with resonator designed an open back banjo with class and many innovative features called the "Moonshiner".

  • Long Neck Banjos
    Long Neck Banjos

    We have a great selection of Long Neck banjos and long neck banjo cases.
    A long neck banjo is three frets longer than a standard 22 fret banjo and is tuned to open E tuning. The 5th string peg is not at the 5th fret it is located up at the 8th fret. If you put a banjo capo on a long neck banjo at the 3rd fret you are in Open G and capo on the 7th fret in A. If you want to add 5th string capo spikes to a long neck banjo, the common frets to place them at are the 11th 13th and 15th frets. If you purchase a long neck banjo us we can install them at the correct frets for you. Long Neck banjos do not require special strings and normal banjo strings are long enough.

    The notes to tune a Long Neck Banjo to for standard long neck open E Tuning are
    5th string-E 4th string-B 3rd string-E 2nd string-G# 1st string-B
    Using a Capo on a long neck banjo to play in different keys
    For Open G - Capo to 3rd fret and use the 5th string capo spike at the 11th fret
    For Key of A Capo to 5th fret and use the 5th string capo spike at the 13th fret
    For Key of B Capo to 7th fret and use the 5th string capo spike at the 15th fret

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  • 1 Review
    $1,026.00
    Due to the enormous popularity of the WL-250, GoldTone has 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. Scooped fingerboard is unavailable for this model. ...I received the White Laydie Plus last...
  • 2 Reviews
    $359.00
    Notes from Ross Nickerson on the CC 50 models from Goldtone.Lots of customers called to ask me the main difference between the Goldtone Cripple Creek 50 models and the Cripple Creek 100 models. Let me try to boil it down to simpler terms and try to help you make a more informed decision. Some of the primary differences are; the body of the CC 50 models...
  • $464.00
    Never before has an entry level openback banjo included the features and tone of our CC100 Open Back Banjo Check any competitive banjo in this price range and you'll find more bang for the buck with our Cripple Creek. Features include maple neck and body, neck and resonator binding, double coordinator rods, curly maple headstock veneer, Straight Line...
  • $1,364.00
    The Goldtone Bob Carlin BC 350 Plus has a 12 inch rim or I like to call it a "12 inch open back pot". It offers deep authentic tone and the BC 350 Plus when you hold it feels and looks like it should cost a lot more. I've played these and I can tell you that the pictures don't really do it justice. While this banjo is one of the more expensive models it's...
  • 4 Reviews
    $914.00
    Our premier open back banjo has remarkable tone and exquisite cosmetics. A White Ladye tone ring combined with a thin maple rim provides ample volume and a wonderful plunky tone. Features include ebony fingerboard, cloud position markers, Straight Line tailpiece, reversible two way truss rod, body and neck binding, maple neck and double coordinator rods...
  • 3 Reviews
    $1,094.00
    Notes from Ross Nickerson on the BC 350 models from Goldtone.This is the new Bob Carlin signature model BC 350 Plus. Look at the quality and attention to detail on this. This is every bit like an expensive custom built model that should cost in the $4000 or $5000 range. Very Impressed. Wayne's done it again, They are really "hands on" at Goldtone and know...
  • $554.00
    Notes from Ross Nickerson on the CC100 + Open Back models from Goldtone.Wow, this model is beautiful, it has some great features and a great look too. This one just feels good to play. You would be proud to own this model. It's features include maple neck and body, double coordinator rods, curly maple headstock veneer, Straight Line tailpiece, brass tone...
  • $509.00
    The Recording King RK OT 25 is an exceptional entry level clawhammer and old time style open back banjo. We offer professional set up and other free items to help get you started learning clawhammer banjo with the Recording King OT 25. Product Description The Recording King Madison banjos offer players an unparalleled combination of quality, versatility...
  • $741.00
    For a sweet frailing or clawhammer tone the MM-150 is the original open back and has been very well received. Options include a long neck (MM-150LN). The MM 150 open back has 24 brackets, White Ladye tone ring (a three part tone ring famous for its plunky and sustaining tone) clear finish on maple, chrome-plated parts, maple neck, planetary tuners, and a...
  • $839.00
    It includes a tradition heel cut, no-knot tailpiece, and Vega-style armrest. The White Ladye tone ring provides a loud plunky tone preferred by old timey players.Banjos come set up and ready to playEach banjo is played before it leaves the shop! Along with the strict quality control that Goldtone is known for and the banjos being checked very carefully...
  • 3 Reviews
    $1,289.00
    This Vega style replica is an accurate reproduction of the most sought after pot in the classic Old Time sound. A metal bracket band contains the lug bolts avoiding holes in the rim for a solid tone. The brass Tubaphone style tone ring rings loud and clear with maximum sustain. Classic style engraved inlays, maple neck and rim, adjustable coordinator rods...
  • $441.00
    GoldTone CC OT from BanjoTeacher.com Includes Bob Carlin Instructional DVD, Capo spike, gig bag, strap, frailing scoop, and all Old Time style cosmetics.
  • 1 Review
    $1,026.00
    This model is per request of many "folkies" and dealers for a pro, great sounding long neck. Specs are equal to our WL-250 and includes the extra length. The fingerboard scoop is not used on the long neck. Our premier open back banjo has remarkable tone and exquisite cosmetics. A White Ladye tone ring combined with a thin maple rim provides ample volume...
  • $839.00
    It includes a tradition heel cut, no-knot tailpiece, and Vega-style armrest. The White Ladye tone ring provides a loud plunky tone preferred by old timey players.Banjos come set up and ready to playEach banjo is played before it leaves the shop! Along with the strict quality control that Goldtone is known for and the banjos being checked very carefully...
  • 2 Reviews
    $674.00
    Following the success of the Bob Carlin models 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 it's costlier relative: 12" rim and frailing scoop to play over the neck for a deeper tone, a wider fingerboard to facilitate drop thumb, a "hot-dog" vintage-style...
  • $1,184.00
    Pro Model A-Scale 5-string banjo with Tubaphone-style tone ring, ebony fingerboard, vintage engraved inlays, and frailing scoop. The most requested tone ring for the "Old Time" sound. Includes hard shell case. Features: Neck - Maple Fingerboard - Ebony Fingerboard Inlay -Engraved Pearl Inlays Neck Binding - ABS White Binding Rim - Maple Bridge - Maple...
  • 1 Review
    $441.00
    Notes from Ross Nickerson on the Goldtone CC OTA Travel Size Clawhammer Banjo. This Banjo is great for Children learning the play clawhammer banjo styles too, The CC OT A is a shorter neck scale open back banjo that is 19 frets long instead of the 22 frets on a normal length 5-string banjo. The CC OT A is an open back old timey clawhammer that banjo works...
  • 2 Reviews
    $1,409.00
    The Old Tone 800 Long Neck (0T-800LN) is the ultimate longneck banjo. This tubaphone style longneck is tuned 1 1/2 steps lower for the best singing keys. A great folk style banjo, it closely resembles Mr. Seegers famous plunky tone, a sound desired by songsters. The engraved inlay is set off by the ebony fingerboard and the pot includes a bracket band for...
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