Tenor banjos are shorter necked with 17 “short scale” or 19 frets typically played with a plectrum. The tenor banjo was popular rhythm instrument in the early 20th-century dance-bands. These banjos have 4-Strings and became popular with Irish banjo players in the 1920’s – which is why these banjos are often referred to an Irish tenors. We carry one of the internet’s largest collection of tenor banjos. We carry the Rocky Top Irish Tenor 17 Fret Open-Back – an excellent tenor banjo for a beginner, but we also have high-end models such as the Deering Sierra 17 Fret Irish Tenor. We also carry tenor banjo cases and bags that will keep your tenor banjo from getting damaged.