New Barry Sholder Fretless Gourd Banjo #456 “Naked Birdseye Maple”


Premium Birdseye Maple Neck … oil finish
Maple Fretless Fingerboard
Flintlock wood finish (iron nitrate)
26 3/16″ Scale
Canteen Gourd 9″ dia. x 4″ deep
1 1/2″ Sound Port
Ebony Violin Friction Tuners … very smooth operation
Romero Style tailpiece
Corian Nut  1 1/4″
Natural goatskin head
Barry Sholder Standard Gourd string set (tunes to open G)
*Extra Stings sets available on the accessories page
The birdseye figuring is very faint
**This banjo can be custom ordered with frets.


**Out of stock/Special Order Available

Please note: Available for special order means that the instrument is currently unavailable and will have to be built Usually about 2 weeks.

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The Naked banjo Series are Gourdies made primarily of one wood. In this case, Curly Birdseye maple is used throughout the main part of the banjo …the  neck, fretboard, or fingerboard is Curly Maple. I try to pick the best grains and color for these banjos to result in a very striking instrument. This piece is particularly nice.