Bluegrass Mastertone Style Banjos from McLeod Banjos

Most of my commissions lately have been for open back banjos. But I still love Bluegrass banjos so I thought I’d show you this one I made for a customer. Here’s my own take on a traditional flat head Mastertone style banjo.

5 String Neck for Pre-War Gibson Mandolin Pot

Here’s are some photos of a recent customer project. For more details, you can read about the full project here.

Custom Banjo Neck With Carved 5th String Tuner Detail

Recently I finished a neck for a customer using American Walnut and adding a carved detail around the 5th string tuner button. The heel cap is cocobolo wood. Here are some latest photos: One of the reasons I love working with American Walnut as a wood is the deep colour you get from it. The […]

Lizard and Dragonfly Inlay for Recent 12 inch Open Back Banjo

I was recently asked to do a dragonfly and lizard inlay on a peghead and a heel cap: Here are a few photos from the process: Starting with a complete shell: You’ll notice that I’m cutting this from a complete shell. This is only because I particularly liked this piece of pearl. You can obtain […]

Custom Mastertone Style Banjo: UK-Made

Just completed a recent custom-made banjo commission here at the Brighton workshop. If you’re thinking about having a custom Mastertone style banjo, please contact me to chat about possible specs. Below are the gallery photos showing the build of the banjo (photo books of your banjo being built are available with all commissions). Although it […]

New Banjo Video Gallery on the Site

A few lovely people recently have been sending in videos of themselves playing their McLeod Banjos. We’ve uploaded some of them to a gallery on the site which you can visit here. If you have a video of a McLeod Banjo we’d love to use it!    

Islander Banjo Featured in Acoustic Magazine

Hope you’re having a jolly festive season! We just got word that the Islander Banjo is featured in this month’s Acoustic Magazine. A review of the instrument is set to be published in March (keep your eyes peeled). We picked up a copy of the magazine to have a look… Want more information about the […]

New Custom-Made Fretless Open Back Commission

I was contacted a short while ago to build a short scale fretless for someone who is keen on the Round Peak style of playing. The banjo is made out of American Walnut and features a nickel-silver plate from the nut to just past the seventh fret. This gives a nice playing surface and adds […]

“Treacle The Cat” Banjo

Here’s a very recent commission that was picked up. The peghead and fifth string marker are inspired by the owner’s cat Treacle. We went for European  maple for this banjo’s  neck. It’s a bit softer than the more usual rock maple and tends to give a bit  more ‘pop’ . You trade a tiny bit of volume […]

Brighton Banjos Gallery – New Pics Uploaded

Well things have been busy here, I’ve recently completed some more commissions which I’m dying to show – photos to follow shortly. After the last one was completed, the happy customer mentioned he was considering selling his Clifford Essex Paragon to commission another Brighton Banjos instrument. Here’s hoping! Why not head over to the gallery […]