I'm Brooks Masten, and I make old-time banjos. Open back 5-string banjos are the instrument of choice for those who play traditional old-time music, my banjos have the feel, the look, and tone that characterize this rich musical tradition.
Choose from a variety of customizable standard models (fretted and fretless). Or consult with me and we'll work together to create your dream banjo.
I've been playing old-time banjo and tinkering with banjos since 1992. In 1999 I began building banjos under the tutorship of Stephen Owsley Smith, while living in north-central New Mexico. Nowadays, I make my home in Portland, Oregon.
My banjo shop is a one-person operation and each banjo gets the special attention it deserves. Take a look around, check out the models, and listen to the sounds. You'll like what you see, and you'll especially like what you hear.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current wait time is 6-8 months. You can also check the Banjo Hangout for currently available banjos.