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 Gourd banjo #448 “Walnut/Oak”Walnut Neck with Oil finish Fretless Oak fingerboard oil finish Std 26 3/16" scale..same as Gibson Mastertone Kettle gourd 9 1/2" dia. x 5 1/2" deep 2" soundport Ebony friction violin tuners...very smooth operation Corian nut 1 3/8" wide Barry Sholder std. Gourd Banjo strings This banjo can be ordered with frets Additional string sets are available on accessories page$410.00
New Barry Sholder #446 5 string gourd banjo “Black Walnut and Oak”Black Walnut Neck oil finish 1/4 sawn white oak fretless neck Large Canteen Gourd 10 1/2" dia x 5"deep 2" sound port Corian nut Ebony friction violin tuners...very smooth operation Natural goatskin head Barry Sholder std gourd banjo string set * additional sets available in accessories This banjo can be ordered with frets and training wheels(side fret dots)$410.00
New Barry Sholder Fretless Gourd Banjo #445 “Naked Curly Maple”Curly Maple Neck and Fingerboard ... oil finish Crazy striping Huge 12"x 5" Canteen Gourd with 2" Sound Port Big deep Sound Fretless Custom carved scalloped 5th string Ogee Premium Curly Maple Parts Ebony Violin Friction Tuners ... very smooth operation Romero Style tailpiece Curly Maple Nut 1 3/8" Natural goatskin head Barry Sholder Standard Gourd string set (tunes to open G) *Extra Stings sets available on the accessories page **This banjo can be custom ordered with frets.$510.00
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