U.K grown gourd - 10". Simple iroku neck. Calf skin vellum and wood tail piece.

 

The gourd banjo is the early ancester of the modern banjo. A hybrid of the African Akontig and the European guitar the gourd banjo was built by the African slaves... Their creation of this instrument and their interpretation and re-invention of European religious and folk music became the catalyst to blues, rock and pop music to this day.

 

My gourds are heavily influenced by these early instruments but with a few personal touches.

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