4/10/2015

2015 Greg Ryan Gourd Banjo


This cute thing was made by my friend Greg Ryan out of a chunk of mahogany, rosewood, and an old kid's drumset pre-tensioned head. While it looks a bit "toy-y" it plays well and has a good, somewhat deep, warm sound... which is kind of shocking due to the size.

It's not your typical gourd-style sound. It sort of reminds me of a cumbus-style oud or something like that more than something Americanized. Part of it may be the lower tuning and lots of wound strings, though.





The single octave pair is a bit interesting, and when played chordally it does that "6 string uke" sort of thing.

I, of course, appreciate the zero fret inclusion.




Ping tuners, though?!



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