Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

An oversized double-headed bottle gourd, recently completed.

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Comment by Paul Draper on September 1, 2014 at 6:13pm
Another beauty. Interesting tail-piece. Why not leather?
Comment by Moschella Banjos on September 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Thanks, Paul. In order to get two separate heads and enough space between the two (purely aesthetic), I had to cut the gourd in such a way that left the tailpiece side a little too straight up and down, i.e., not as strong as it could be. It's just a weirdly shaped gourd. Too much strain from a tied-on or leather tailpiece could have buckled it a bit. A thin, cantilevered tailpiece relieves all of that strain.

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