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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Gourd Banjos and all about them

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Northl - Posted - 11/29/2017:  10:16:00
Re: All about 5-string gourd banjos
What do folks think about gourd banjos, crafters, value-price, sound, durability, etc.

JanetB - Posted - 11/29/2017:  10:23:40

BHO member @Noah Cline is making some.  You can hear and see him in several videos.  I have a Robert Browder Gourdeous gourd banjo and it's fun to play with its unique and earthy sound.  My favorite recordings are from Adam Hurt's Earth Tones CD.  Talk about good tone and skillful, lovely playing....

cbcarlisle - Posted - 11/29/2017:  11:50:20

There is much info on them, here and elsewhere. I've been making and playing them for quite a while and love them; there are gourdies on all my CDs. The other reason I love them is that I have always encouraged players to build at least one banjo themselves. It will give you a feeling of accomplishment, a deeper appreciation of the instrument, and open up an entirely new vision of the banjo world. The gourd banjo is the perfect launching pad for your exploration. Curt Bouterse

revellfa - Posted - 11/29/2017:  12:22:21

I love them. They have a nice earthy tone that you can't get anywhere else.

Mark Johnson - Posted - 11/29/2017:  13:14:44

re: durability, I've had a Thornburg gourd for over 15 years. No case, left out to suffer through wild changes in humidity, played frequently... and it's as good as new. I did have to change the gut strings. Once.

like others above, I love the sound, and it's only going to come from a gourd.

I find it surprisingly physically comfortable relative to an openback, too.

Fathand - Posted - 11/29/2017:  13:14:54

They are fun. You should be able to build one for less than $100.

Northl - Posted - 11/29/2017:  13:59:36

Which gourd banjo kit is the best for the price?

RG - Posted - 11/29/2017:  14:13:05

Always keep my Menzies blue mahoe gourd banjar close at hand, a lot of fun to play...

Noah Cline - Posted - 11/29/2017:  19:22:53

Thanks for the mention, Janet. 

Once you’re bitten with gourd banjos, you’ll never stop lol. 

For those that have been waiting for their order, final’s week is coming up, so I’m hoping that over Christmas break I can get caught up with previous orders. 

Check out Nate Calkins: He makes some nice banjos, including gourds. I owned one until I made my first one. 

Edited by - Noah Cline on 11/29/2017 19:32:28

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