"Vivian is the only one who actually play an instrument, and so she plays, like eight of them. Her favorite one is definitely the violin though."

"Vivian is the only one who actually play an instrument, and so she plays, like eight of them. Her favorite one is definitely the violin though."

The first artist is Vicki Shell, of Johnson City, TN. Vicki is a musician and builds mandolins out of canteen gourds. She says her instruments are different than most because she has found a way to tune them to standard pitch. (Most all gourd instruments are tuned an octave low to prevent putting too much pressure on the gourd and cracking it.) I have seen some beautiful gourd banjos and guitars, but this is the first mandolin I've seen. meant to be played and not just to look at!

The first artist is Vicki Shell, of Johnson City, TN. Vicki is a musician and builds mandolins out of canteen gourds. She says her instruments are different than most because she has found a way to tune them to standard pitch. (Most all gourd instruments are tuned an octave low to prevent putting too much pressure on the gourd and cracking it.) I have seen some beautiful gourd banjos and guitars, but this is the first mandolin I've seen. meant to be played and not just to look at!

A purple Paul Reed Smith fantasy guitar via http://axewar.com/axedetails.php5?pid=77

A purple Paul Reed Smith fantasy guitar via http://axewar.com/axedetails.php5?pid=77

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