BJ playing the New and Improved Lumberhorn
Listen The Mighty Lumberhorn live
Along with BJ on the Lumberhorn, the Milwaukee based band
plays its own brand of uptempo hillbilly country rock fiddle
bluegrass type stuff, with Jeffro on suitcase drumset,
Boy Howdy on banjo, and Heather on fiddle, voted "Most
likely to play her parts right". Go pay the band a visit at www.lumberhorn.com
The new Lumberhorn (version 4) is a vast improvement
over the one that first helped to establish "The Mighty
Lumberhorn" as a band. Look at the original one below
and we think you'll agree. That might be partially due
to the fact that the new one wasn't made as a joke.
At least not entirely. The New Lumberhorn takes advantage
of centuries of instrument design and experience, since
Lumberhorn virtuoso "BJ" stole some of the
parts from a Hans Kroger string bass that had been smashed
to bits. True to the spirit of The Old Lumberhorn, The
New Lumberhorn is a one-of-a-kind creation. The body
is made entirely of cheap lumber, plywood front and
back, a two-by-four on the bottom, and one-by-four sides.
A few of the components that appear to be traditional
were hand fashioned by BJ, just to see if they would
work, or rather he was too cheap to buy real ones. Whatever.
At any rate, the thing sounds great.
The Original Lumberhorn
was a bass of the hillbilly washtub type, only without
the washtub. It became the gold standard of the 2x4
and plywood variety acoustic stand up bass-type instrument.
The neck was a two-by-four and the body mostly cheap
plywood. Two strings, made from number 21 and number
15 piano wire, tuned to "E" and "A" with wingnuts,
outfitted with an old bass pickup. It worked pretty
well considering that it was built with no plans, and was used on their CD "Blood is thicker than Moonshine". Eventually
the band got better, and a desire for a Lumberhorn that
was more of a musical instrument and less of a joke
overtook BJ and the new Lumberhorn was born.
What to do when you're done with it? ....start yerself a bonfire!