What to Consider When Choosing a Luthier to Make Your Open Back Banjo

The following is an excerpt from our free downloadable guide to customising your open back banjo. A Luthier is just a fancy name of someone who builds or repairs instruments and there are many excellent makers around the world to choose from. So what do you need to consider when deciding who to work with? […]

What Tuner Buttons and Tuners Can You Choose for an Open Back Banjo?

For more information about customising your open back banjo, check out our free guide. Tuner buttons are purely cosmetic and can be wood, plastic or mother of pearl. It really is down to your personal taste. It’s worth asking for a good quality set of planetary tuners. These take the name from planets orbiting around […]

What Wood Should You Choose for Your Custom Open Back Banjo?

The following is from our free guide to customising your open back banjo. Wood choice isn’t just aesthetic, different wood densities can also affect the tone. Here’s a run down of some of the properties of common wood choices for handmade banjos. Maple Unstained maple is very pale in colour. There are different varieties and […]

Calculating Banjo Import Costs From the US to the UK

The following is taken from our free buyer’s guide to customising an open back banjo. You can download the full version by clicking this link. Figures correct as of Feb 2013. One thing you will want to consider when buying a custom open back banjo is if there are any delivery or import duties. Currently […]

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 […]