Instruments in a variety of forms made from gourds originated in Africa. From the 16th century they appeared on Caribbean sugar plantations and cotton fields in America, developing by the mid to late 18th century into what we now call the banjo. The LJ O'Shea range of gourd instruments consists of fret-less banjos with 24" scale length, and banjoleles with 17" scale length.

Gourd Face Gourd Back