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Brooks Masten  Custom 6 String Banjo Reviews

Submitted by GSFlink (see all reviews from this person) on 2/5/2007

Where Purchased: Maker

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


This is a five string with an extra, low bass string. The sound is rich, full, bright in the treble and deep in the bass. I play clawhammer style.
This is my 3rd. current 6 string and it is wonderful.

Sound Rating: 10


The strings used are .10, 12.5, 15, .24PB, .36PB, .10. The action is medium high with a 5/8th. KatsEyz custom 6string bridge that I put on. It has a Renaisance head and no knot repro. tailpiece. I also added an adjustable wire arm rest.

Setup Rating: 9


Beautiful. Two piece Gun stock walnut neck with center strip of purple heart. Carved behind the 5th. string peg. 12 inch pot with 30 brackets. Rickard, Whyte Latdie tone ring. Brass plate from 17th fret to the pot. All hardware is antiqued. Brooks put his signiture Indian head penny at the top of the peg head. Side dots on ebony figer board. No other inlays.

Appearance Rating: 9


Reliability should be top notch. Brooks stands behind his banjos.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I've had good experiences with a number of makers but Brooks is in a class by himself. He keeps in touch, sends pictures during the process and asks good questions.

Customer Service: 10


Brooks makes a lot of his own haqrdware. The stretcher band stands out. I will add some real ebony buttons on the tuners just for vanity sake.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is now the banjo that I play most. The richness and sustain makes me smile. I would encourage others to try a 6 string for fun.

Overall Rating: 10

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