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For Sale: Brooks Masten 11” Little Wonder Half-Fretless Open Back Banjo

Posted By: RevJr | Rate Member
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$2,100 USD

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This banjo was built for my wife by Brooks Masten in 2020. It has an 11” curly maple rim and a beautifully figured curly maple neck. The fingerboard, headstock and rim cap are all birds eye maple. Brooks has placed his distinctive crossed-banjos coin in the headstock. The tuners are aged brass Gotohs and the tone ring is a Little Wonder from Rickard Banjos. All of the other hardware was machined and aged by Brooks in his shop on his vintage milling machine. The hardware has a beautiful dark brown/chestnut finish. It has a skin head. The brass fingerboard ends just before the sixth fret, so fretted chords are available up the neck. It plays beautifully with plenty of volume, and the Little Wonder ring has just enough edge to compensate for the fretless fingerboard. (If you play fretless, I think you’ll get what I’m trying to say.)
The banjo really is immaculate. My wife has her hards full with the fiddle and has never taken to the banjo. It’s probably been played less than five hours. This banjo is completely custom, and based on the order form on Brooks’ website, a similar banjo would cost $2900 today. The price includes a mint Superior brand bump-style case.
I am selling this instrument as described, so I will not accept returns. I have done my best to describe the banjo fully and accurately, but please feel free to contact me with any questions.
The buyer is welcome to pick it up in person, and I am willing to drive up to four hours from Bloomington, Illinois to deliver it in person.


United States, Bloomington, IL, 61701


Shipping to the lower 48 included.

Payment Methods:

Cash (in person), Paypal

Return Policy:

Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Mint Condition



Brooks Masten

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