New Instrument Review
September 7, 1999
By Robert Thornberg, Bishop, California
A New Classic Gourd Banjo
© Frank Ford, 1999; Photos by FF
Well, talk about your vintage reissue! Robert Thornberg has really done a fine job recreating the earliest banjo style. It's a real gourd with a rawhide lashed skin head. Modern violin pegs mounted in the traditional five string configuration and synthetic gut strings serve to update this instrument for modern use. It's a real winner.
So far, the gourd banjo isn't yet available through Gryphon, but I thought you'd like to see it anyway. Our old friend, Kevin Carr, just took delivery of this one and brought it by the shop.
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