Barry Sholder Gourd 5 string fretless banjo #368 “X Factor”

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Barry Sholder Gourd 5 string fretless banjo #368 “X Factor”


Curly Maple neck with an oil finish
Figured Mahogany fretless fingerboard
Corian nut
Black and white purfling on the peghead
Barry Sholder std gourd banjo string set * see accessories page for additional sets
Big Kettle Gourd 10 1/2″ dia x 5″ deep with 2″ sound port
Gourd has epoxy and glass cloth interior
Exterior of the gourd has 2 poured coats of epoxy
Goatskin head
Romero style tailpiece
* This banjo can be custom ordered fretted

  • Description


The X Factor was an experiment in making a thin shell gourd work with a stretched goatskin and be durable. This was accomplished. The shell on this banjo is 1/8″ thick. Without reinforcement, it would be unacceptable. However, with high-tch epoxies and glass cloth, we have a killer banjo that is not only durable but has incredible sound . One, because of the thickness and two because of the size…. 10 1/2″dia  x 5″deep . The exterior of the gourd is glass smooth from 2 epoxy pours giving it a hard shell. Also a 2″ sound port. This guy rumbles. Lots of exotic woods and features too!