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

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. SOLD

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 

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

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. Made in the U.S.A. (Was $1999)

SALE $1699.15 

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 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 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

"AS NEW" Savannah SB-070 openback 5-string banjo Laminate wooden rim, mahogany neck, 16 brackets, Remo Fiberskyn head, geared 5th string peg. This banjo was unplayed, in the shipping box when it came in to our shop last week. We gave it a thorough set up and now it's ready to go. Ergo, as new.​​ $179

USED c. 1920 Washburn 5-string openback banjo  (sn 8028) Made by Lyon & Healy. Multi-layered birdeye maple neck and rim, ebony fingerboard with fancy abalone inlays, backstrapping, raised tone ring, gold plated planetary tuners. New set up with Fiberskyn head and compensated bridge. Includes hard case with faux leopard skin lining. $995

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. We have models with and without frailing scoops in stock. $729

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

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USED Deering Goodtime 5-string openback banjo Older style Goodtime openback banjo in fine condition with new strings and set up.  Straight neck, great frets, low action and wonderful sounding.  Includes Harptone hardshell case and strap. $275

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 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 5-String Openback Banjos

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

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