Old-World Craftsmanship, Old-Time Sound

Brooks Masten

An open back 5-string banjo is the instrument of choice for those who play traditional old-time music. I'm Brooks Masten, and I make old-time banjos. They have the look, they have the feel, and they have the tone.

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 basically a one-man 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.

Questions? Use the email address below. If it's a general question that may be of interest to others, maybe I'll answer it in the Babbling Brooks section.

Brooks Masten
Portland, Oregon U.S.
Email: brooksbanjos@gmail.com