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The winners are:
Brian Quinn
Pat Dinges
Allan Brooks
Andy Bing

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by Dick Bowden

What bluegrass instrument is represented by this group of current brand names?

Santa Cruz, Collings, Henderson, Preston Thompson, Pre-War, Bourgeois, Blue Ridge, Gibson

A. Guitar

B. Banjo

C. Bass fiddle

D. Dobro

E. Mandolin

F. Fiddle


Additional Bowden Comments

Guitar is correct.

Collings and Gibson make mandolins also. Henderson makes a few mandolins too. But all are mainly guitar companies.

And there are other guitar companies supplying the bluegrass world. Santa Cruz makes a fine line of guitars including the famous Tony Rice Model. I recently learned that Gallager Guitars is continuing in business even though old Mr. Gallagher passed away. Some supporters of the company bought it and continue to build “improved” Gallaghers. Doc Watson famously played and endorsed Gallaghers — there’s a Doc Watson model.

Except for Gibson, “most” of these companies base their guitars on the Martin pattern.

Congrats to the winners!

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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