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Bruce Dowd Fretless Electric Gourd Banjo (consignment) SOLD




The banjo has an extremely long and varied history – aside from the drum and the human voice, it’s one of the oldest instruments. Over millennia the banjo has taken many forms but they all have common elements.

This Bruce Dowd Fretless Electric Gourd Banjo blends influences from ancient instruments with the most modern technologies.

A 5-string fretless maple neck with frailing scoop and ebony friction tuners attaches to a gourd bowl with a skin head (using a nylon Kodiak-style bootlace!). A modern bridge and fine-tuning tailpiece with fine tuners attaches nylon strings.

A Schatten design pickup is affixed to the head and an end-pin jack is mounted on the tailpiece.

Bruce Dowd is a well-respected luthier who has worked in the east-end Toronto area for decades.

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Serial Number: N/A, built recently by Bruce Dowd in his Toronto, Ontario shop.

Pricing: $700 CAD with original custom hard shell case.   SOLD


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