Banjos are back in style and if you’re pining for that shiny, twang without learning and buying a new instrument then just get the Guitar-Jo.
The Banjo has picked up a lot of traction again in the past 10 years. The resurgence of indie folk has helped as well as more experimental uses like Show Me The Body’s industrial, twangy punk. Now the banjo is just $45 dollars away with your favourite guitar.
Guitar-Jo is a Kickstarter project that transforms a guitar into a banjo by simply clipping it on like a capo for the bridge. You place the Guitar-Jo around your strings between your pickups and then with by tightening it’s little furry pads it dampens the strings giving you an authentic banjo sound. It is honestly that simple.
The idea came to creator Jon Langberg before a church gig where he was playing electric guitar. One song in particular Langberg thought would sound perfect with a banjo but didn’t have the time to buy nor learn the instrument. So instead Jon took it upon himself to create a banjo sound with his guitar instead.
Within a week the very first Guitar-Jo had been built, albeit a very different design but the principles were there and creating a unique and brilliant sound. After multiple people came up to him asking how he got his guitar sound and curiosity over the device raised Langberg decided to take the Guitar-Jo global.
The Guitar-Jo is available for just $45 on Kickstarter right now so bag yourself one and start playing the banjo you guitarists!