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 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 5 string banjo #438 “Divots”Black Walnut neck with carved divots and oiled finished Oak fretless fingerboard hand carved divot textured neck..ver smooth Canteen gourd 10" dia x 4" deep w/1 3/4" sound port Corian nut 1 11/32" wide Ebony violin friction tuners....very smooth operation Barry Sholder std. gourd banjo string set Natural goatskin head$430.00
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
Banjo #429 Fretless Gourd 5 String Banjo “Greenman Man”Cherry Neck with oil finish Oak Fretless Fingerboard Hand Carved and Colored Peghead Ebony Friction Violin Tuners ... very smooth operation Big Canteen 11" deep x 5 1/2" tall ... Deep Tone 1 3/4" Soundport Romero Style Tailpiece Barry Sholder Standard Gourd Banjo String Set *Extra strings available on the accessaries page **This banjo can be custom ordered with frets.$475.00