Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gourd banjo, part 4, the playing thereof...

Put the strings on the banjo today.


It's basically done. Still experimenting with where best to locate the bridge, and may want to scoop out a section of the fingerboard near the gourd -- because it's a bit tight in there when playing.

My high-school student/co-maker was on her way over to take possession of it, so I quickly plucked out a few tunes. Not great quality video, but it does give some idea of the instrument's sound.


Worried Man Blues -- I could see the student and her mother arriving while playing this, and they rang the doorbell just at the end.


  1. That's really cool Ken. It has a nice sound to it!

  2. Thanks, James. It was a lot of fun.

  3. Thank you, Michael! It was a kick to play, too.