NEW 5-String Openback Banjos

We usually have partially completed project instruments that are waiting for our attention.
Please inquire if you're seeking such instruments.

USED c. 1890 Haynes Bay State composite 5-string openback banjo Mating of a Bay State neck to a vintage 12.25"  steel rim of unknown manufacture.  The combination of the large and 3" deep metal rim and Mark Ralston Yellowstone head produces a wonderfully resonant tone. Spring loaded, early 1920s  Grover friction tuners, modern brackets and hex shoes. Nice player. $395

USED 5-String Openback Banjos

USED 1922 Orpheum No. 1 conversion 5-string openback banjo ​11 1/8" maple rim, approx. 26 1/2" scale, archtop tone ring, planetary tuners, geared 5th string peg and vintage Rogers calfskin head. Original abalone-inlaid peghead overlay gives the banjo a nice, original appearance. Superbly crafted 5-piece, highly flamed maple neck neck. Replaced brackets and repro No-Knot tailpiece. Wonderful player with great set up. $895

NEW Deering Artisan Goodtime openback 5-string banjo Made in the U.S.A. The Artisan Goodtimes are Deering's latest Goodtime series, featuring a violin-grade maple rim, planetary tuners, a midnight maple fingerboard, spikes at the 7th, 9th and 10th frets, dark brown stain, fancy fingerboard inlays, as well as all the standard quality features found on every Goodtime model. $739

USED 1927 Vega Little Wonder openback 5-string conversion banjo Yes, it's a conversion, but this one is all vintage Vega. A strip of maple was added to the neck in order to widen the original fingerboard, beginning at the 6th fret.


10 15/16" laminate maple rim, 23" scale, 19 frets, 3-piece maple neck, original Grover patent 2-tab geared tuners, Little Wonder tone ring, No-Knot tailpiece and Renaissance head. Excellent fresh set up. Easily converted back to a tenor. Includes gig bag. SOLD

NEW Savannah SB-060 openback travel banjo 19.75" scale length. Heavy maple rim with brass tone ring. This model is an excellent child's banjo. Includes padded gigbag. $249.99

USED Goodtime openback 5-string banjo Handmade in the USA. Violin grade maple rim. Maple neck, guitar-style tuners. This particular example is very unusual due to the highly figured flamed maple rim. Excellent condition and set up. SOLD

USED 1890 Charles E. Dobson Silver Chimes openback 5-string banjo Scarce model with heavy  11" spunover rim which incorporates two hollow tubes, one on each edge of the rim. 26" scale, mahogany neck, newer brass half fret ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay, matching hooks and nuts, modern planetary tuners and repro No-Knot tailpiece. Set up with calfskin head and Nylgut strings, but this neck can also use steel strings if preferred. Excellent condition. Includes hard case.$1250

USED Deering Boston longneck openback banjo 31" scale, 11" nickel plated steel rim, mahogany neck, planetary tuners, sliding 5th string capo, clamshell tailpiece, 5-Star top frosted head, fancy chrome plated arm rest. Very good player. Includes hardshell case. SOLD

USED 1980 Stewart MacDonald Style 3 openback 5-string banjo Made from a Stew Mac kit.Heavy 3/4" thick laminate rim with nickel-plated bell brass Mastertone style tone ring, Honduras mahogany neck, planetary tuners, notched tension hoop and 5-star head. If you need an openback with lots of volume and punch, look no further. Great condition and set up. Includes case. $495

USED c. 1900 Acme Professional openback 5-string banjo 11" spunover rim, 26 3/4" scale, cherry neck with ebony fingerboard and m.o.p. inlays, vintage calfskin head, Common Sense tailpiece, Champion tuners and Aquila red strings. Nicely set up, great player. Includes gig bag. SOLD

NEW Gold Tone CC-50 openback 5-string banjo Brass tone ring. Maple neck. Straightline tailpiece. Includes padded gig bag. $359.95

USED Unmarked Piccolo banjo​Vintage Slingerland banjo ukulele converted to a 5-string openback banjo. 8" maple rim, 14" scale, maple neck, skin head, replaced hooks and nuts, modern No-Knot tailpiece, planetary tuners and geared 5th string peg. New set up with .011 - .026 strings makes this banjo play very well in C tuning. By using the same banjo fingering as standard G tuning, you'll be playing in C. SOLD

USED c. 1900 Acme Professional openback 5-string banjo Spunover 11" rim, 27" scale, cherry neck with carved heel, ebony fingerboard, fancy m.o.p. inlays. Upgraded at some point with 1920s Grover geared tuners. Straight neck, decent frets, some mismatched hooks and nuts. Good set up with nylon strings and older Mylar head. Includes gig bag. SOLD

Our NEW INSTRUMENT inventory changes from time to time. 

Please contact us if you're interested in a specific model to see if we have it in stock.

NEW Deering Goodtime openback 5-string banjo Handmade in the USA and the best selling USA-made banjo in the world. Violin grade maple rim. Maple neck, guitar-style tuners. $489

NEW Savannah SB-070 openback 5-string banjo Laminate wooden rim, mahogany neck, 16 brackets, Remo Fiberskyn head. Geared 5th peg. $219.99

USED c. 1900 Acme Professional openback 5-string banjo Spunover 11" rim, 27" scale, cherry neck with carved heel, ebony fingerboard, fancy m.o.p. inlays. Upgraded at some point with 1920s Grover geared tuners. Straight neck, decent frets, some mismatched hooks and nuts. Good set up with nylon strings and older Mylar head. Includes gig bag. ON HOLD

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