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. $1095 

USED 1920s Slingerland (unmarked) openback 5-string banjo 10 3/4" maple rim with birdseye veneer, 26 1/4" scale, straight 3-piece maple neck, friction tuners, Renaissance head, all matching original hooks and nuts, newer No-Knot tailpiece and excellent nickel plating throughout. Includes original hard case. SOLD

NEW Vega Senator by Deering openback 5-string banjo A Spun brass tone ring, ideal for Old Time, Classical, Folk, Civil War music, over 100 years of Vega tradition and Deering’s innovative approach to banjo crafting went into the creation of the Vega Senator model. The spun brass tone ring gives it a bright yet warm tone. The Senator has the time honored vintage Vega peghead profile, and a rich warm brown stained maple neck with adjustable truss rod and a 3-ply rim with dual coordinator rods. The hard, dense, naturally beautiful ebony fingerboard is inlaid with pearl dots, and a Vega star at the fifth fret. This open back Vega Senator has the ease of playability that all Deering banjos are noted for, and the light weight desired by many banjo players without sacrificing sound quality and sustain. Handmade in the U.S.A. Includes a Deering deluxe hardshell case. $1999 

NEW Recording King RK-0T25BR Madison 5-string openback banjo Maple neck with frailing scoop. 3-ply flamed maple/maple rim. Remo Fiberskyn head. Bone nut. Planetary tuners. Presto tailpiece. Limited lifetime warranty. $549.99

USED Unmarked Vega-style Whyte Laydie 5-string openback banjo ​11" (3/4" thick) maple rim, mahogany neck, 26.25" scale, Whyte Laydie tone ring, Vega-shaped peghead, planetary tuners, geared 5th string tuner,  Renaissance head, Presto tailpiece, m.o.p. inlays and adorned with faux abalone decals. Slight neck bow, very minor fret wear. Excellent condition. Includes hard case. $325

USED 1908 A.C. Fairbanks White Laydie No. 2 banjorine (sn 24361). Extremely scarce model with 10 3/4" maple rim, Whyte Laydie tone ring, 19 3/4" scale, 17 frets, exquistely hand engraved m.o.p. star and gryphon in the peghead as well as fingerboard inlays, bracket band, original tension tuning pegs and No-Knot tailpiece. New set up with Renaissance head, nylon strings and an NOS vintage Grover two-footed maple bridge. There are three replacement hooks and nuts, also of the same or older vintage as the banjo, that are close match to the originals. The tone is superbly sweet, penetrating and loud, as would be expected. No disappointment with his one! SOLD

USED c. 1894 S.S. Stewrat Universal Favorite 5-string openback banjo (sn 14988) 11" spunover Brazilian rosewood rim, 27" scale, straight cherry neck, replaced tailpiece, celluloid friction tuning pegs and bottom frosted head. Very little fret wear, new strings. excellent condition. $525

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

NEW 5-String Openback Banjos

USED 2017 Savannah SB-070 5-string openback banjo 11" wooden rim, mahogany neck, guitar style tuners, geared 5th string peg, Remo Fiberskyn head. Gently used and in better than excellent condition. $169

NEW Enoch Cherry Tradesman openback 5-string banjo with scoop ​USA-made, professional quality, no frills banjo. The neck's shape is designed to be similar to some of the early Dobsons. 12 inch maple rim, cherry neck, planetary tuners, Remo renaissance head, frailing scoop. Includes padded gig bag. SOLD

USED Bell Boucher-style minstrel banjo Handmade in Terry Bell's shop in Michigan, this is a faithful replica of the type of fretless banjo made by William Boucher (pronounced Boo-shay) in the 1840s and '50s. 13" oak rim, maple neck, ebony friction tuning pegs, brass hardware and a goatskin head. Excellent condition. SOLD 

USED c. 1920 Orpheum No. 3 Special openback 5-string banjo (sn 13020) 27.25" scale, 11.25" maple rim with fancy marquetry and archtop tonering, maple neck with fancy heel carving, elaborate but delicate abalone inlays in peghead and fingerboard, gold-plated friction tuners with grained ivoroid buttons and all matching original closed ball-end nuts. Set up with Remo Renaissance head. Repro Vega-style armrest and No Knot tailpiece. Superb condition, nice straight neck and only very minor fret wear. Excellent player, nice set up. Includes a like new deluxe hardshell case.​​ 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

NEW Vega Old Tyme Wonder 12 openback 5-string banjo Deering's new Grand 12" violin grade 3-ply maple rim, scale length 26.25", maple neck, scooped ebony fingerboard, Fiberskyn head, No-Knot tailpiece, platery tuners. Includes deluxe hardshell case. Made in the USA. SOLD

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

USED c. 1920 Supertone 414 Dixie Wonder openback 5-string banjo 10 5/8" spunover rim, 26 1/8" scale, 3-piece maple neck, fancy fingerboard position markers, geared 5th string tuner. Repro N0-Knot tailpiece and new set up with Renaissance head. Hooks and nuts are Gibson-style. Tuners are the sought-after Grover patent pending spring loaded type with thumbscrews in the posts. Includes case. $249

USED 5-String Openback Banjos

USED 1910s Rettberg and Lange openback 5-string banjo Huge 28 3/8" scale, 12 1/8" double spun rim with 30 brackets, three-piece mahogany neck with beautifully carved heel, fancy abalone inlays in pehead and fingetboard, planetary tuners, replaced dowel stick, top frosted head and repro No-Knot tailpiece. Very slight neck bow, but still a good player. Includes a good quality hardshell case.​​ SOLD

NEW Boucher-Style minstrel banjo Hand crafted by local banjo maker, Richard Hite. 14" walnut-stained maple rim and neck, goatskin head, ebony friction tuning pegs, brass tension hoop and hardware, Aquila Nylgut strings. $595

USED 1922 Fairbanks-Vega Tubaphone No. 3 5-string openback banjo 11 13/16" maple rim, bracket band, Tubaphone tone ring. Straight 3-piece mahogany neck with carved heel, minor fret wear. Torch inlay in peghead, original hooks and nuts and Presto tailpiece (modified for a 5-string). Upgraded with planetary tuners. Includes hardshell case. SOLD

USED 1880s Unmarked fretless Minstrel-era openback 6-string banjo 

Most likely English-made. Flush fret, thin 11.5" rim, 25" scale, 10 brackets, bone tailpiece and ancient (probably original) skin head. All matching hooks, nuts and shoes. Nice, original banjo from the end of the minstrel era that's a good player. Includes the original case as well! SOLD

Here's a link to a Youtube video of banjo historian, Greg Adams, playing this banjo in our shop a couple of years ago:

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

NEW Deering Artisan Goodtime openback 5-string banjo 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. We have models with and without frailing scoops in stock. Made in the U.S.A. $729 

USED c. 1900 Acme Professional (S.S. Stewart) openback 5-string banjo 11" spunover rim, 27.25' scale, Common Sense tailpiece, Grover Champion tuners, fancy, highly iridescent m.o.p. fingerboard inlays, vintage calfskin head. 3 or 4 mismatched nuts, but they resemble the originals. New set up with nylon strings, which didn't make it in time for the photos. (Was $595) Now $449

USED 2017 Savannah SB-070 5-string openback banjo 11" wooden rim, mahogany neck, guitar style tuners, geared 5th string peg, Remo Fiberskyn head. Gently used and in better than excellent condition. $169

USED c. 1900 Unbranded Lyon and Healy banjeaurine 12.25" spunover rim, 18.5" scale, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and vintage Rogers calfskin head. Nice, straight neck with great frets. Upgraded with planetary tuners, geared 5th string peg and repro Vega-style arm rest. Tailpiece is a brass minstrel-style by Mark Ralston. Fresh set up with nylon strings. $395

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. $479

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