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 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.
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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".
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