Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rare, One-of-a-Kind Brooks Masten Tenor Banjo For Sale - $950


Update - SOLD - actually traded it for a mandolin.


I'm maxed out on banjos, so to make room for another I'm thinking of selling my Brooks Masten tenor banjo, which was custom-made by Brooks in 2008.  Includes a very protective form-fitting custom Glenn Chronkhite gig bag/soft case.  (The case is a $240 value).  Contact me to buy this banjo now! Make an offer!
Brooks Masten tenor banjo w/ walnut neck
Brooks Masten is one of the premier banjo builders working today, and the craftmanship on this tenor banjo is superb. It is currently set up left-handed, with side-position dots on the left-hand side, but as you probably know tenor banjos are easily set up as either righty or lefty.  All you do is switch out the bridge and the nut...everything else is the same either way.
Brooks 77 engraved on the rod.
Specs
It has a walnut neck hand-crafted by Brooks. Vega scale length - 17 frets, 20.25" scale. Ebony fretboard.  The open back rim is a 10 3/4" vintage slingerland tenor rim - birdseye maple veneer on the outside and a rosewood cap on the bottom.  With fybreskin head.  It has a brass tone ring, aged hardwear for a vintage look, and a hard-to-find Kershner 4-string tailpiece.  
Irish coin in headstock
The neck is 1 1/4" at the nut and 1 1/2" at the heel.  It has a truss rod.  There's a bone nut.  The paddle shaped peg head has a unique Irish coin embedded in it.  Brooks' signature look is an Indian-head penny, but he used a larger coin of my choosing this time.  Another interesting feature is the fretboard dot at the 9th fret instead of the 10th.  Don't let that throw you off!
Glenn Cronkhite case (green and blue) - perfect fit
Fybreskin head
Birdseye maple rim
I would prefer to sell to a North American buyer.  The cost to ship within the continental US will probably be around $40.  Canadian shipping costs TBD.  Please send me an email (sixwatergrog "at" gmail dot com) or leave a comment if you have a question or are interested in buying.

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