‘Open Back’ & ‘Resonator’ banjos – what’s the difference?

You will have seen banjos referred to as either ’open back’ or ‘resonator’. Quite simply, these terms refer to the body design. Open back banjos contain no back piece, leaving the internal components of the banjo such as the coordinating rods (the rods running from the base into the neck) visible.

Resonator banjos feature a bowl-shaped piece that is affixed to the back of the banjo meaning the back is closed and you can’t see the inside the body.

See our Anatomy of a Banjo page HERE