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.
New Barry Sholder Fretless 5 String Gourd Banjo #444 “Bottle Gourd”Black Walnut neck... (Oil Finish) Oak fretted fingerboard fretless Modified Jacobs Peghead Ebony friction violin tuners .... very smooth operation Bottle gourd 12" long 9" wide 6 1/2" deep 2 Sound ports 2 Goatskin heads Romero style tailpiece Corion nut 1 3/8" wide Strap included Barry Sholder standard gourd banjo string set *Extra string sets available on the accessories page Free Strap included **This banjo can be custom ordered with frets.$520.00
New Barry Sholder Fretted 5 String Gourd Banjo #441 “Mini 5”Cherry Neck with oil finish Cherry peghead with black and white purfling Oak Fretted Fingerboard Oil Finish 17" scale 14 frets Mother of Pearl position dots..12 th dot turquoises "Training wheels" side dots Corian Nut 1 3/16" wide Ebony Friction violin tuners...very smooth operation Canteen Gourd 9" dia. X 4 1/2" deep with 1 3/4" soundport Natural Goatskin Head Romero Style Tailpiece Barry Sholder Special Mini 5 string set *Extra string sets available on the accessaries page$410.00
Please note: Available for special order means that the instrument is currently unavailable and will have to be built Usually about 2 weeks.
New Barry Sholder Gourd banjo #437 “Small Hands”Light blonde Cherry neck with oil finish Fretless Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard Training wheels on the side of the neck Open geared machine tuners with a friction 5th. 1 1/16" wide corian nut 8 1/2" x 3 1/4" deep canteen gourd with 1 1/2" soundport Standard Barry Sholder Gourd string set *this banjo can be built with frets$420.00
New Barry Sholder Fretless 5 Sting Gourd Banjo #433 “Copperhead”Premium Curly Maple Neck with Oil Finish Hammered Copper Sheet Patina Peghead and Scoop Plate Quater-sawn Oak Fretless Fingerboard Ebony Friction Violin Tuners....very smooth operation Huge Canteen Gourd 12"dia. x 4 3/4" deep 2" sound port Carbon Fiber reinforced Gourd interior Natural Goatskin Head Corian Nut 1 3/8" wide Barry Sholder Std. Gourd Banjo String Set *Extra Stings sets available on the accessories page **This banjo can be custom ordered with frets.$530.00
New Barry Sholder #430 Fretted 5 String Gourd Banjo “Tall Gourd”Black Walnut neck with oil finish Fretted Oak Fretboard 26 3/16" scale Tall Gourd 10" length x 6 1/2" wide x 5 1/2" deep Sound Port 1 3/4" Goat Skin Head Ebony Violin Friction Tuners...very smooth operation Corian Nut 1 3/16" wide Black Walnut Dots with a turquoise dot at the 12th fret Barry Sholder std. Gourd String Set Free "Simple Strap" included *Extra sting sets available on the accessories page **This banjo can be custom ordered without frets$475.00