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Apr 15, 2019 - 10:29:23 PM
1 posts since 4/15/2019

Who made ADam Hurt’s Gourd Banjo?

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:18:05 AM
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3564 posts since 3/11/2004

David Hyatt is the maker. Here's a link to his web site:

Here's a link to a review of Adam's "Earth Tones" CD in Banjo Newsletter:


Edited by - dbrooks on 04/16/2019 04:21:55

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:53:25 AM

5796 posts since 3/11/2006

Our own Noah Cline makes some great gourd banjos:

He can be contacted through his BHO homepage.

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:03:10 PM
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6169 posts since 6/27/2009

When I researched a tune for Tune of the Week for July 6, 2012, Indian Nation, Adam played it on that gourd banjo, so I contacted David Hyatt who wrote:  "Adam’s rendition of Indian Nation draws sounds from that banjo I never thought possible. It's often set to ‘repeat’ on my iPod!  Adam takes the gourd banjo to new levels…The strings were nylgut. The head is goat skin.  This banjo was made from a Bottle Gourd grown in a mold - it is flat on the top and bottom,…grown by Don Mellon in Mountain View, Arkansas.  This is a special banjo made with a tiger wood neck and snakewood overlay. The 26 inch scale neck separates from the dowel stick to form a ‘travel banjo’ about 27” long.”  

David is a remarkable gourd banjo builder, as is Noah.  Are you looking to buy or make one, or just curious?

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