Banjos

Fretted | Fretless | Custom

Our Banjo Lite™ banjos are light-weight, inexpensive, and durable open-backed 5-string banjos designed for beginning players, for quiet practice, or for backpacking and travel.

Where standard banjos use a drum head, we substitute a disk of thin Italian poplar plywood supported by a hoop of compressed paperboard with sides 1/4" thick. This design reduces cost, weight, assembly difficulty, and playing volume. All five tuning pegs have gears for easy tuning. BYM banjos weigh a little less than two pounds.

We now offer left-handed versions of our banjos!

Read reviews of our banjos posted at Banjo Hangout

I've got my banjo all strung up and it exceeds all my expectations in terms of looks, playability, and sound! This Backyard banjo has now taken over 1st place over my Washburn B9...This banjo is truly a pleasure to play. It is a great folk instrument and will I am sure bring many years of service...
Keith Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA