Barry Sholder Akonting #106 replica
Black Walnut neck * no frets
11 1/2″ canteen gourd left natural as it would have come from the fields of plantations where they were made and played
1 3/4″ sound port
African style tailpiece and bridge hand-painted
3 ebony friction tuners
60 lb. nylon fishing line strings extra included
They say the “Akonting” was the first banjo found in West Africa and brought to the US on slave ships. This was a 3 string gourd instrument played much like the clawwhammer banjo style found in the old time bands. Three different length strings were used and tied to a papyrus stick. The two shortest strings were drones and the longest was the melody string. there are many You Tubes available where you can hear the Akonting played by the pros. This is a totally experimental type instrument that can be tuned in many ways.