Here we have Old Man Kelly doing his rendition of the old-time classic, “Big Eyed Rabbit”, on the fretless gourd banjo. I think this is a good example of just what a gourd banjo can do. Old Man Kelly is … Continue reading Old Man Kelly: Big Eyed Rabbit
Gourd banjo heads are typically made from natural animal hides. Goat and calf hides are the most favored and easiest to come by. Mounting a natural hide head is fairly simple, but does require some time and hand strength. The … Continue reading Gourd Banjo: Mounting the Head
I got this new banjo bridge from Mac the other day. As you can see it looks a little different than the standard three footed banjo bridge. Made from one piece of dogwood, this bridge has four feet; a big … Continue reading Innovative Banjo Bridge from Mac Traynham
The Peghead of a gourd banjo gives the strings something to anchor to. It needs to be big enough and sturdy enough to accommodate the working of the tuning pegs. The Tuning Pegs I use with gourd banjos are friction … Continue reading Parts of the Gourd Banjo
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