We now have our own banjo T-shirts made of 100% cotton in Large, X-Large and XX-Large. The shirts are white and come with a banjo design in three colors to let every one know you are interested in banjos. Both shirts are $15.00 each.
|No. T01 has a design with a banjo player from the 1840s sitting on a stump while another man dances. It is printed in red, green and brown with the saying, "Hear Dem Toenails Jingle" above the design and "Bob Flesher's Minstrel Banjos" below the design.||No. T02 has a design with an old man setting against a building in bib overalls playing a banjo. It is printed in Green, black and Brown. It says, "Old-time Clawhammer Banjo" below the design."|
Available now, real gut strings for minstrel banjos. Create the original sound of the 1840's with these strings in the larger diameter for low tuning. The are the best gut strings available today. You can tell everyone that they are not "cat gut", rather from a grazing animal like a sheep, goat or cow. # S01 Gut Strings are $72.00. This set of gut strings is with the 4th string wound.
Real bones like "Mr. Bones" played in the minstrel show. In the old days a minstrel band was not a band without a banjo player and a bones player. Although they go back centuries, they were first introduced to the public in a circus act in the early 1840's by Frank Brower, bones player for the Virginia Minstrels. Minstrel bones players usually played with a set in each hand. Irish Bones players usually play with only one hand. Bones of different materials produce different sounds and if not made correctly can produce very little sound. Properly made bones will also change tone depending on how they are held. Our bones are copied from the authentic design and are the best bones on the market bar none.
Real "Ebony Bones" are very loud and give the brightest sound because of their density and can be heard a hundred yards away or more. Walnut bones tend to have a softer more rounded and deeper tone. Both come with instructions. Bones are nothing like spoons. They are great for jams and are the only instrument you can play while listening to music and driving down the road. Easy to play but it does take practice. Ebony Bones, set of two $50.00 Walnut Bones, set of two $30.00
Mr. Bones is an educated man. As a matter of fact he is a Doctor of Boneology, yes a bonofied "boneologist". He can tell you anything about bones, how to gnaw a bone, how to throw a dog a bone, how to pick a bone with somebody, Bonopart's Retreat and more.
Mr. Bones just happens to be the National Champion Bones player of the United States.... (applause)...since the other two guys died. They don't have to compete, they have a seniority system worked out and there is a young guy around here who wants to be champion and I don't think he'll have long to wait you see, bones players are a dying breed. Just come up and look at Mr. Bones' face. You'll see what I mean when I say "dying breed."
One thing I've learned about bones player, you never take them to a Bar-B-Q restaurant. They always have to try out all the rib bones and sling Bar-B-Q sauce every where. It is really embarrassing.