Menzies Gourd Akonting, Jamaican Mahogany

sku: MAK17-2
The akonting is the traditional folk lute of the Jola, a West African people found in Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. With its skin-headed gourd body, two long melody strings and one short drone string, it is thought to be an important forerunner of the American 5-string banjo. This modern version features a round neck of Jamaican mahogany; a 10-1/2" diameter gourd with skin head, wooden bridge, and sound hole; and three strings with handmade tuning pegs.   More Details...

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  • Round neck of Jamaican mahogany
  • No frets
  • 10 1/2" diameter gourd with skin head and wooden bridge
  • Soundhole cut in side of gourd
  • Three strings with handmade tuning pegs of aged purpleheart
  • Fluorocarbon strings
  • Total length about 49", longest string about 35", shortest about 20"
  • Handmade by Jeff Menzies