Will's List of Banjo Makers, Builders & Manufacturers

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This is a list of builders of 5-string banjos, both resonator and open back models. Also see guitar builders.

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  • American Made Banjo Co.Link Icon

    Kel Kroydon banjos.

    P.O. Box 8190
    North Port, FL USA 34290
    +1 (339) 219-3047

    Made in USA

  • Ballard BanjersLink Icon


    A second maker from the UK emerges!

    Leon Ballard

    Made in UK

  • Bart Reiter BanjosLink Icon

    Bart Reiter
    9777 Missaukee Lane
    Haslett, MI USA 48840
    +1 (517) 339-3505

    Made in USA

  • Bean BlossomLink Icon

    A division of SHS International. It's not clear to me if these banjos are still made because they are not listed on the SHS brands page. The link below still works, though.


  • Bellbird Banjo CompanyLink Icon


    Made in Australia

  • Bishline BanjosLink Icon

    Rob Bishline
    1739 South Sheridan Rd.
    Tulsa, OK USA 74112
    +1 (918) 551-6419

    Made in USA

  • Bob Flesher's Custom BanjosLink Icon

    Elaborate, ornate custom banjos.

    Moreno Valley, CA USA 92552
    +1 (951) 486-1456

    Made in USA

  • Brooks BanjosLink Icon


    Custom open back 5-string banjos for traditional old-time music.

    Brooks Masten
    Portland, OR USA
    +1 (503) 568-3044

    Made in USA

  • Buckeye BanjosLink Icon


    Four year waiting list, ordering suspended. Change in focus due in 2017.

    Greg Galbreath
    P.O. Box 132
    Eggleston, VA USA 24086
    +1 (540) 230-0085

    Made in USA

  • Capek Bluegrass & Jazz InstrumentsLink Icon

    Rostislav Čapek
    Zubatého 9, 150 00
    PRAGUE, 5 Czech Republic

    Made in Czech Republic

  • CB GuitarsLink Icon


    Unusual among small luthiers for building both banjos and guitars.

    Chris Bozung
    7151 New Hope Road
    Fairview, TN USA
    +1 (615) 799-9217

    Made in USA

  • Cedar Creek LuthiersLink Icon


    Custom open back banjos.

    Mike Dawson, Luthier
    18124 Bull Rapids Road
    Spencerville, IN USA 46788
    +1 (260) 657-5486

    Made in USA

  • Cedar Mountain BanjosLink Icon


    Founded by Lo Gordon, now in the hands of his son.

    Tim Gardner
    Mills River, NC USA
    +1 (828) 226-2286

    Made in USA

  • Chuck LeeLink Icon


    Chuck Lee Banjo Company, Inc.
    112 Silverwood Drive
    Ovilla, TX USA 75154
    +1 (972) 617-5576

    Made in USA

  • Cloverlick BanjosLink Icon


    Oldtime openback banjos.

    Jeffrey P. Kramer
    249 South Kane Street
    Burlington, WI USA 53105
    +1 (262) 492-9883

    Made in USA

  • Deanocraft Custom BanjosLink Icon

    Unique custom banjos from a luthier just getting started.

    Dean O. Robinson
    Chamblee, GA USA
    +1 (770) 723-1475

    Made in USA

  • DeeringLink Icon


    Home of Tenbrooks, Vega, and the ubiquitous Goodtime models. An impressive list of artists.

    3733 Kenora Drive
    Spring Valley, CA USA 91977
    +1 (619) 464-8252

    Made in USA

  • Desert RoseLink Icon

    Scott also heads the Recording King custom shop in Japan.

    Scott Zimmerman
    Hirata- Nishi 1-2-16 1F
    Matsumoto, Nagano Japan 399-0015

    Made in Japan

  • DP HopkinsLink Icon

    Two brands, DP Hopkins and Louzee, from the same builders.

    DP Hopkins, Inc.
    3563 Highway 231 North
    Shelbyville, TN USA 37160
    +1 (931) 580-5742

    Made in USA

  • EpiphoneLink Icon

    A division of Gibson. The MB-250, the only reasonable banjo in the line, is no longer in production. What's left is low-end junk; look elsewhere. A sad condition for a past great name in instruments. I owned an Epiphone long-neck in the '60s and it was an excellent banjo. I'm not sure where these are made now.

    309 Plus Park Boulevard
    Nashville, TN USA 37217
    +1 (800) 444-2766

    Made in Japan?

  • FenderLink Icon


    Fender Musical Instruments
    17600 North Perimeter Drive, Suite 100
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    +1 (480) 596-9690

    Made in China

  • Fielding BanjosLink Icon

    Will Fielding
    1913 Butterfield Road
    Brattleboro, VT USA 05301
    +1 (802) 464-3260

    Made in USA

  • George BanjosLink Icon

    Handcrafted, custom banjos for over 30 years. Christian has been with Tommy since 2007 and has another shop in Memphis.

    Tommy George and Christian Stanfield
    301 Church Street
    Somerville, TN USA 38068
    +1 (901) 517-5867

    Made in USA

  • Gibson BanjosLink Icon

    What is arguably the most famous banjo brand in the world is no longer manufactured following Nashville's 2010 flood. Astonishing.

    Editorial Note: At some point I will remove this listing, but I just can't bring myself to do it yet. How can the brand that defined the instrument just vanish overnight? It's not that there aren't truly excellent alternatives - there are less expensive instruments that are better than the run-of-the-mill Gibsons made in 2012. But what of the tradition, the history? Sad. Tragic.

    309 Plus Park Boulevard
    Nashville, TN USA 37217
    +1 (800) 444-2766

    Made in USA

  • Gold StarLink Icon

    Solid banjos from the company that gave us the legendary Gold Stars of the '70s & '80s.

    Saga Musical Instruments
    137 Utah Avenue
    South San Francisco, CA USA 94080
    +1 (650) 588-5558

    Made in China

  • Gold ToneLink Icon


    One of the most comprehensive lines of banjos of all types from any company.

    3656 Hopkins Avenue
    Titusville, FL USA 32780
    +1 (321) 264-1970

    Made in USA, parts from Korea

  • Great British Banjo CompanyLink Icon


    Open-back banjos from a British manufacturer, something not seen since the '50s!

    13-15 St. George's Street, Suite 4
    Norwich UK NR3 1AB
    01603 305800

    Made in Great Britain

  • Grundy BanjosLink Icon

    Moved from Australia to Missouri!

    Laurie Grundy
    Eminence, MS USA
    +1 (417) 839-5951

    Made in USA

  • HatfieldLink Icon

    Arthur Hatfield
    791 Burton Ridge Road
    Glasgow, KY USA 42141
    +1 (270) 646-5219

    Made in USA

  • Heartland Banjo & Guitar Co.Link Icon

    Rob Smith
    152 Akers Trail
    Gallatin, TN USA 37066
    +1 (615) 461-7686

    Made in USA

  • Hendricks BanjosLink Icon

    Allen & Monte Hendricks
    PO Box 1197
    Placerville, CA USA 95726

    Made in USA

  • HuberLink Icon

    118 M Mid Town Court
    Hendersonville, TN USA 37075
    +1 (615) 264-4959

    Made in USA

  • Huss and DaltonLink Icon

    420 Bridge Street
    Staunton, VA USA 24401
    +1 (540) 887-2313

    Made in USA

  • J. Romero BanjosLink Icon


    Lovely banjos, beautifully crafted.

    Box 124
    Horsefly, BC CAN V0L 1L0
    +1 (250) 620-0592

    Made in Canada

  • LouzeeLink Icon

    Two brands, DP Hopkins and Louzee, from the same builders.

    DP Hopkins, Inc.
    3563 Highway 231 North
    Shelbyville, TN USA 37160
    +1 (931) 580-5742

    Made in USA

  • MastercraftLink Icon

    All the Mastercraft banjos are well under $1,000 and are usually sold as kits, with books, picks, tuner, etc. Most models seem to be out of stock.

    2432 Mitchell Street
    Knoxville, TN USA 37917
    +1 (877) 947-5550

    Made in USA

  • McKinley

    I have absolutely no information for this brand at all other than having seen several McKinley banjos, which impressed me. Know anything?

    Made in USA

  • MercierLink Icon


    Banjos and violins.

    Luke Mercier
    346 Bateman Road RR1
    Spring Brook, ONT CAN K0K 3C0
    +1 (613) 395-2841

    Made in Canada

  • Mike RamseyLink Icon

    The Chanterelle Workshop
    P.O. Box 217
    Pittsboro, NC USA 27312

    Made in USA

  • Morgan MonroeLink Icon


    Also see the SHS online store at www.shop-shs.com and the SHS main site at www.shsint.net.

    SHS International
    1922 West Banta Road
    Indianapolis, IN USA 46217
    +1 (317) 780-0454

    Made in China

  • Neat Custom BanjosLink Icon

    Legendary neck maker.

    Frank Neat
    84 Womack Street
    Russell Springs, KY USA 42642
    +1 (270) 866-4515

    Made in USA

  • NechvilleLink Icon

    Unique. An entirely different approach to pot construction.

    9700 Humboldt Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN USA 55431
    +1 (747) 222-6567

    Made in USA

  • OmeLink Icon

    By the inimitable Chuck Ogsbury.

    5680 Valmont Road
    Boulder, CO USA 80301
    +1 (303) 449-0041

    Made in USA

  • Phillips BanjosLink Icon

    Scott Phillips

    Made in USA

  • Recording KingLink Icon

    A division of TML, The Music Link.


    Made in China

  • Richard BrownLink Icon

    Open-back banjos, formely from Laredo, TX and now from Sedona, AZ.

    20 Lolomi Drive
    Sedona, AZ USA 86336
    +1 (928) 554-4288

    Made in USA

  • Saga Musical InstrumentsLink Icon

    A comprehensive lineup including Gold Star, Flinthill, Saga and Rover models. No direct sales; through dealers only. Don't buy the DIY banjo kits; you'll never get satisfaction if something is wrong.

    137 Utah Avenue
    South San Francisco, CA USA 94080
    +1 (650) 588-5558

    Made in China

  • SamickLink Icon

    US distributor is Greg Bennett Guitars. Slim pickings; Samick makes the SB1 and SB2 models and Bennett only carries the SB2. Several years ago I heard a kid playing his new Samick at a festival and it sounded great, but the SB2 looks a lot cheaper than his did.


    Made in Korea

  • Seeders InstrumentsLink Icon

    Mostly open-back models. Began building full time in 2014.

    William Seeders Mosheim
    23 Goodwood Lane, PO Box 442
    Dorset, VT USA 05251

    Made in USA

  • Sloan BanjosLink Icon

    Formerly J. A. Sloan & Son. Founded in 1959 by John Sloan, continued by Peter Sloan, and in 2012 acquired by the Allisons.

    Philip Allison
    League City, TX USA 77573

    Made in USA

  • StealthLink Icon


    Scott Vestal
    Greenbrier, TN USA 37073
    +1 (615) 429-6835

    Made in USA

  • Stelling Banjo WorksLink Icon


    7258 Banjo Lane
    Afton, VA USA 22920
    +1 (800) 5-STRING

    Made in USA

  • Sullivan Banjo CompanyLink Icon

    From the Sullivans of First Quality Music fame.

    Louisville, KY USA

    Made in USA

  • TranjoLink Icon

    The ultimate travel banjo by Sam Farris. Unique, clever, a must-see. Gold Tone has licensed one model.

    Farris Travel Banjo Company
    409 Benton Lane
    Franklin, TN USA
    +1 (615) 456-5486

    Made in USA

  • Vance BanjosLink Icon

    Custom, old-time banjos.

    Colin J. Vance
    PO Box 1474
    Eureka, CA USA 95520
    +1 (707) 845-9524

    Made in USA

  • Washburn GuitarsLink Icon

    A division of U.S. Music.

    1000 Corporate Grove Drive
    Buffalo Grove, IL USA 60089
    +1 (800) 877-6863

  • White Mountain BanjoLink Icon

    Ron Grimsley
    11422 S. Mohave Street
    Phoenix, AZ USA 85044
    +1 (602) 290-2458

    Made in USA

  • WildwoodLink Icon

    56771 Lunar Drive
    Bend, OR USA 97707
    +1 (541) 593-0253

    Made in USA

  • Wyatt FawleyLink Icon

    The Banjo Loft
    Greensboro, PA USA
    +1 (724) 943-4581

    Made in USA

Many thanks to the builders above who have graciously provided headstock images.

How to Get On This List

A builder must meet the following criteria and establish them to my satisfaction.

  • The banjos must be available for sale in the United States.
  • The builder must make and sell no less than twelve (12) banjos per year.
  • The builder must have a Web site. Folks come here for research purposes and without a site, there is less value in the listing.

I will maintain a listing as long as:

  • The builder's Web site exists.
  • There is some kind of legacy Web site for the instruments if the builder has retired or ceased manufacturing.
  • I deem an exception to my rules worthy.

No compensation or gratuity is accepted for inclusion on this list.

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