Current Instrument Brands Trivia

This Contest is Closed
The winners are:
Dick Stock
Todd Evans
Gayle Yeomans

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Let’s talk about current-day bluegrass instrument makers. Gibson no longer makes banjos at all. Kay doesn’t make bass fiddles, nor anything else. The brand name Dobro is owned by Gibson but they no longer make any Dobros. Martin is still going strong with guitars. Gibson makes Master Model mandolins in their Custom Shop.

The following are some popular current brands of a certain professional-level bluegrass instrument, at this time:

Gilchrist, Duff, Nugget, Red Diamond, Collings, Ellis, Buckeye, Randy Wood, The Loar, Kentucky, Kimble, Pava, Northfield, Dudenbostel, Smith Creek, Weber

What bluegrass instrument is represented by this group of current brands?

A. Guitar

B. Banjo

C. Bass fiddle

D. Dobro

E. Mandolin

F. Fiddle


By the way….there was an unstated trivia question and nobody noticed that this trivia had been asked once before.

Additional Bowden Comments

Yes, this question was within another trivia question, a year or more ago. All the brand names I listed this time were current, active, mandolin makers. As I’ve said before, we live in a new “golden age” of bluegrass instrument choices. Man, when I was a kid learning bluegrass, the choices were MIGHTY thin! The appetite for bluegrass pickers to acquire good quality instruments appears hard to satisfy! While pickers have the slight chance of making “tens of dollars” playing bluegrass, the dealers who sell picking SUPPLIES are doing very well indeed. Hmmm, is there a lesson in that?

Congratulations to the the winners! I try to balance “easier” ones with “bitching hard” trivia questions.

I’m just sad that harmonicas got involved…

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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