We also build an Openback Model Hendricks Banjo. It features curly maple wood and a Whyte-Laydie style tone ring. The most unique feature of the Hendricks Openback Model is it’s oversized outside diameter wood rim. The bracket hooks actually drop through the rim and the bracket nuts are tightened via recessed holes in the bottom of the rim (this replaces the need for L-shoes on the outside of the rim). The inside of the rim is turned on a taper from the larger ID at the bottom of the rim to the smaller ID at the tone ring side. This gives the banjo a very pleasing "old-time" sound and the banjo is very comfortable to hold and play. The Openback Hendricks Banjo is available in Model I and Model II.
Here are some examples of the Open Back model. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE A FULL-SIZE IMAGE.