: I own a gorgeous Brazos 5-string banjo. It says "custom made" on it. 2 different colors of wood on the back of the fretboard, mother of pearl inlays all over, and an incredible sunburst finish on the back of the resonator. It is also quite heavy, a good indication of a quality banjo. I have been trying to find out about this maker for over 2 years with no luck whatsoever. If anyone has any info, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also have a Brazos "Custom Made" 5 string banjo that is absolutely beautiful with all gold trim and hardware. It is very heavy, the 10" tone ring is 11/16" thick and bound, the resonator is a gorgeous birds eye sunburst, etc. Quality wise, it is as nice as any Ome or Gibson I have seen up to about the $2500 range.
I bought mine at a pawn shop in Lander WY in 1994 and was told it was made in Japan. It amazes me that I have not been able to find out anything about who or where these great instruments were made. If anyone does find out more about them, please let me know or at least post a link.
Thanks. Kim Kasdorf