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Jan 12, 2018 - 7:30:50 PM
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I just saw that Adam Hurt Video on YouTube where he is playing an insane gourd Banjo with basically two skins on it, I'm not explaining it right, but it's crazy, look it up. I'm losing my mind over it. How in the hell could one go about getting, Making, Buying, something like that? If I were to buy something like that already made how much would it cost, round about?

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:37:52 PM

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I just went and watched it. very interesting indeed. no doubt this thing is custom made. you can see in the video that it is a fret less neck. I figure you would have to look into building one of these for yourself. I have no idea however, how they attach the neck to the gourd and make it be strong enough. it looks like the head on his is held in place by tacks or rivets!
Honestly they look like furniture headed tacks........

Jan 12, 2018 - 8:11:15 PM



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A perch pole is attached under the neck. This stick goes through the gourd and sticks out the other end. The tailpiece is attached to the end of the perch pole. Rawhide is soaked in water. While wet, it is glued and tacked over the opening you cut in the gourd. As it dries, it shrinks and tightens up.

Edited by - lapsteel on 01/12/2018 20:13:25

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:20:56 PM

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It’s a bottle gourd made by David Hyatt:

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:38:32 AM

John Gribble Players Union Member


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Adam recorded an entire solo CD with that banjo, earth tones. It is one of my all-time favorite banjo CDs.

I had an opportunity to play it a while back for a few minutes. It isn't very loud, but it has a very sweet tone. If I recall correctly, Adam doesn't own the banjo. It is on loan from the maker, David Hyatt.

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:44:56 AM

frailin Players Union Member


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As Noah Cline posted, it was made by David Hyatt.

Jan 14, 2018 - 6:21:41 AM

rudy Players Union Member


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Adam did a workshop here and had the double headed gourd banjo with him.  Be aware that it was cracked between the two sections and had a butterfly key added to reinforce the break.  There are many banjo makers here on the forum who could make a double headed gourd instrument for you if that's what you really want.

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:21:22 AM



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Not trolling here, I love the sound of the gourd banjo, but am I the only one who find them to be ugly?

Edited by - hoodoo on 01/15/2018 09:30:26

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:14:18 PM

John Gribble Players Union Member


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Originally posted by hoodoo

Not trolling here, I love the sound of the gourd banjo, but am I the only one who find them to be ugly?

The aesthetic is different, certainly. The ergonomics has kept me from buying or making one. But I do have a gourd which may become a banjo one day...

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:00:47 PM

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I am in agreement with you HooDoo. the thing does like wierd.

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:28:37 AM

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In my last gourd buying excursion I collected a few bottle gourds strong enough to handle skin. I'll be attempting a similar build once I get a few instruments in some proper homes and out of my workshop.

I can imagine the crack if it was gigged with they are on the delicate side compared to its more contemporary cousins.

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