Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gadget of the week: Gibson Earl Scruggs banjo from Land of the Lost

Introducing the Gibson Earls Scruggs banjo as played by Will Ferrell’s eccentric palaeontologist Dr. Rick Marshall in new comedy Land of the Lost, out at UK cinemas from tomorrow.
And if you fancy strumming along on a banjo, the Gibson Earl Scruggs is a fantastic place to start. This five-string one is modelled on the personal Granada model played by bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs and as such features nickel-plated hardware to look like the worn gold-plated hardware on Earl’s. Introduced into the Gibson family back in 1984, the triple-bound instrument (white/ black/ white) is made of figured maple, finished with hand-applied lacquer and boasts a gorgeous hearts and flowers pattern.

It’s not cheap at $3,999, but delivers on every level; and will even come in handy in spooky giant bug-infested caves in fantastical lands. Or so we’ve heard.

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