Welcome to my Gourd Banjo website. My name is Barry Sholder, and I am the maker of Barry Sholder Gourd banjos and Barry Sholder Gourd Ukulele.
When I make one of my instruments, I approach the building process as an organic sculpture taking into consideration the color and texture of exotic woods, shape and size of the gourds, color contrast. These elements combine to give the musician, not only a fine musical instrument, but a beautiful piece of art.
Barry Sholder Banjo #343 “Mosaic”
Neck is Cherry with a satin Tru-oil finish
Black Walnut fretless fingerboard
Maple and rosewood bridge
Big 10 1/2″ x 6″ deep Kettle gourd
Ebony violin friction tuners
Barry Sholder std. Gourd string set * available in accessories
Goatskin with Romero style tailpiece
Barry Sholder Akonting #106 replica
Black Walnut neck * no frets
11 1/2″ canteen gourd left natural as it would have come from the fields of plantations where they were made and played
1 3/4″ sound port
African style tailpiece and bridge hand-painted
3 ebony friction tuners
60 lb. nylon fishing line strings extra included
Barr Sholder Gourd 5 string Bottle Banjo #358
Cherry fretless fingerboard
Maple Burl head plate
Ebony friction violin tuners
Bottle gourd 11″ length, 5 1/2″ deep, 8 1/2″ wide.
2 goatskin heads(the little one really doesn’t do anything) and 2 soundports…(they do).
Barry Sholder std banjo string set
*This banjo can be ordered fretted (Contact me)
Barry Sholder Gourd banjo #347 Short Scale 23″ “The Tick”
Quilted Maple neck
Rosewood fretless fingerboard
23 ” scale
Ebony friction violin pegs…very smooth
Barry Sholder Custom A scale string set extras available in accessories
CanteenGourd 9″ dia x 3 1/2″ deep 1/3/4″ soundport
1.25″ nut ideal for smaller hands