5-String Open-Back Banjos are typically played in the clawhammer style. Clawhammer (also called traditional or folk) style banjo playing is much more mellow than bluegrass. Players pick with only two fingers, usually the thumb and index finger. It is most often played on an open-back banjo. Some of the sound is absorbed by clothing, giving it a softer sound (compared to a bluegrass banjo with a resonator). Banjo.com carries over 40 open-back banjo models in stock, everyday. We carry many beginner open-back banjos and hard to vintage open-back banjos. Find many of our popular open-back models by Deering, Goodtime by Deering, Gold Tone, Morgan Monroe on sale! Most of our open-back banjos will ship to you, free of charge.