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.
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"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..... "
All you need to start playing. With a vibrating string length 3" shorter than a standard banjo, this small-sized adult instrument is ideal for travelers, youngsters, relatively small adults, and beginners of all ages. Works with standard G and C tunings.
Our "truncated" Suitcase Banjo is a light weight, 28.5" long, fretted 5-string open-back banjo designed for travel or backpacking. The tuning gears are tucked under the pot. Tunes in standard tunings. Includes extra string set.
All parts are precut and accompanied by detailed illustrated instructions. You will need to paint the hoop, sand the fretboard, and apply a protective finish to the fretboard and the plywood disk. Assembly time about 2 hours.