Openback

My Openback banjos are built to handle playing any of the old-time styles, and deliver that old-time sound. I strive for a certain aesthetic that is similar to instruments made around the turn of the century. A lot of my banjos are custom orders, so the builds have been unique from one to the next. I do have my favorite woods, measurements, and materials, but I also enjoy building one-of-a-kind instruments for the customer. The hardware, wood, strings, head, and scale you choose, will all affect the sound in some way.

Example shown:
"The Swift" My Basic Openback Banjo. Walnut Neck, 12" Thin Rim. Fretless and Fretted.

Basic Specs & Price

Basic openback “The Swift” Banjo $1400

 

  • Walnut, Cherry, or Khaya Neck
  • Square or Traditional Peghead Shape
  • Ebony or Rosewood Peghead Overlay
  • Black 12″ Maple Ply Thin Rim  
  • 14 Hooks and Lugs
  • Gotoh Tuners: Black or Off-White Knobs
  • 25.5” Scale Length
  • Richlite Fingerboard Fretless or Fretted
  • 1.25” Nut Width
  • Copper Side Dots @ 3, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17
  • Handmade Brass Tension Hoop
  • No-Knot Tailpiece
  • Renaissance or Frosted Head
  • Heel shape Vega or Dobson Style
  • Frailing Scoop (optional)
  • Wooden Star Peghead Inlay (optional)
Upgrades
  • Slotted Peghead
    $75
  • Dobson Tonering
    $120
  • Aging of Rim Hardware
    $25
  • Goatskin Head
    $80
  • Aged Nickel Tuners
    $25
  • Block Rim (Cherry or Walnut)
    $200
  • Block Rim With Wood Flange
    $250
Examples & Builds

You can also check my Instagram account to see more of my recent builds and shop photos.