about us

J. Romero Banjos is a small family company, operated by Jason and Pharis Romero, in Horsefly, British Columbia.

Arcata, CA imageHere are some nice letters we've received from customers.

Established in 2002, we feel grateful every day to be creating playable works of art, drawing inspiration from places old and new. The artistry isn't merely in the execution, it's also in the ideas themselves - our customers' and our own - and in that we strive to be ever changing and evolving. Each of our banjos is handmade and unique, with just enough innovation to provide a tasteful alternative to the rest. Custom orders are the norm for us.

As a builder, long-time player, and enthusiast of all things banjo, Jason is always thinking of the banjo's design and sound. After studying as a cabinetmaker and fine woodworker, he began working with the Wildwood Banjo Co. in Arcata, CA., as well as P.W. Crump Instruments and Clinesmith Guitars. Working in these shops and building a variety of instruments rounded out his experience as a luthier and developed a strong sense of instrument craftsmanship and skills. Pharis, a graphic designer and musician by trade, joined the banjo workshop in 2007 after they married. She has since taken over the majority of the inlay and graphic design part of the business.

We'd like to say thank you to the ever evolving craftsmen and artists who inspire us. In no particular order:
James Ashborn Luscomb L.B. Gatcomb William Boucher A.C. Fairbanks William Cole James Haynes S.S. Stewart
The Dobson brothers Lloyd Loar Orville Gibson C.F. Martin John & Rudy Dopyera
Alphonse Mucha Gustav Stickley William Morris Charles & Henry Greene Sam Maloof
P.W. Crump Brooks Masten Kevin Enoch Bob Flescher Grit Laskin Larry Robinson Philippe Revel Doug Unger
RM Anderson
OME Banjos Clinesmith Guitars Monty Hendricks

If you own a Romero banjo and are planning on selling it, please contact us and we'll help your banjo find a good home.

what we're listening to in the workshop
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms - Oh Do You Remember • Adam Hurt - Earth Tones • And a lot of Uncle Dave Macon

favorite banjo maker
James Ashborn, ca. late 1850s

favorite guitar
1930-40's Gibsons, Martins, Nationals, and many other vintage instruments
(Will sometimes trade for banjos! Contact us)

music we're playing
Our duet: www.pharisandjason.com
(we are proud to use Blue Chip Picks)