FOR SALE - UKULELES


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ABBOTT Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (1936). £500. SOLD


C. F. MARTIN & Co. Style 2M Soprano Ukulele (c.1946). £1,500. SOLD


DE VEKEY STYLE 3 Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (c.1930). Aladar de Vekey had a range of four tenor ukulele styles made to sell from his successful Bournemouth music shop in around 1930. They were beautifully made, light to hold and easy to play and this is a lovely example of the Style 3 which was one below the top of the range Style 4. This example is in really good condition for its age. It has a spruce top and beautiful flame maple back and sides. Guitar-style geared tuning pegs. The retailer’s surname is attractively inlaid into the top of the peghead in mother-of-pearl. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots. A small shrinkage of the beautifully spliced top has been professionally filled behind the bridge. Attractive clamshell-shaped four-pin ebonised bridge with brass saddle. Body bound top and bottom with cream ivoroid. Gorgeous multiple mother-of-pearl inlay work around the top edge of the body and around the soundhole. These instruments were made in Saxony and then sent to The Hague where the mother-of-pearl inlays were added. This vintage tenor ukulele comes complete with its original made-to-measure lockable hard shaped case with it’s original key. These instruments are light to hold and easy to play. Except for a few small scratches, this eighty-seven year old instrument and it’s original case are in fantastic condition for their age, and the ukulele makes a really beautiful sound. £650.


KALA Soprano Ukulele (c.2011). A Kala ‘KA-S’ soprano ukulele which is in magnificent original condition. Made with a mahogany and agathis neck and an agathis (commonly known as kauri or dammar) body, a rosewood fingerboard (inlaid with three position dots) and a rosewood bridge. All original and with a straight neck and no splits, cracks or ‘dings’ whatsoever. No wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Pearloid thumb-grips on tuning pegs. Serial number 1202 shown on maker’s internal label. Body bound top and bottom. Comes complete with a really lovely made-to-measure tweed covered, lockable hard shaped case, with black plush-velvet lining and an internal pocket and lid. £100.


KAMAKA ‘PINEAPPLE’ Soprano Ukulele (c.1927). This is a really nice example of a vintage Kamaka ‘Pineapple’ Ukulele with the harder to find and more desirable ‘rope binding’ around the top of the body and around the sound hole. Made from beautiful Hawaiian Koa wood throughout. Original tuning pegs. There is a Kamaka label on the top of the peghead and a ‘Pineapple’ label on the top of the body, and the original Kamaka Pineapple label is still inside the body. The neck is straight and there is some genuinely minor wear to the first couple of frets. The old varnish has worn a little on the first couple of playing positions. There are no signs of any cracks or splits in the body and the bridge is in excellent condition. This ukulele has a perfect playing action and it produces that beautiful deep, full and resonant Kamaka tone which sounds gorgeous. This lovely old ukulele comes in a period banjolele case with a red interior. £400.


KAMAKA SOPRANO UKULELE (c.1985). £400. SOLD


Long-Scale TENOR UKULELE (c.1930). £650. SOLD


NATIONAL ‘SILVER’ UKULELE Style 1 (c.1929). £3,950. SOLD


WILDCAT CONCERT UKULELE (2015). ***With my agreement, the current owner of this instrument is going to donate 100% of the sale price of this instrument to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, which is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe***. Wildcat instruments are made near me by a wonderful luthier called Paul Barnard, whose standards are hard to beat. This concert ukulele was made after it was suggested to the luthier by a friend that it would be impossible to make a ukulele entirely out of pine. Always liking a challenge he proved his friend wrong and this gorgeous instrument is the result. It was built in response to the Pete Howlett 2 x 4 Challenge issued on Ukulele Underground Luthiers Forum and here is the link to the thread: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?114726-2x4-challenge. Paul Barnard’s contribution runs between pages 6 and 27 under the name ‘Wildcat’. The full build history with photos and commentary is there in chronological sequence, but you have to skip through the pages to find the appropriate parts. The wood was sourced many years ago from JC Dykes DIY emporium in Oswestry.

It has a straight neck with no wear to the wear to the frets or the fingerboard and no splits, cracks or repairs. It has a sixteen-fret neck with a radiused fingerboard inlaid with position dots. Wildcat label inside the body beneath the soundhole. Original gold-plated tuning pegs. This ukulele is built to the highest standards and it makes a really lovely sound. Comes complete with photographs and details of its construction as well as a brand new hard, shaped padded Stagg case, with an external pocket, and an internal pocket containing a shoulder strap for the case. Fantastic value at only £225 - and ALL of the money goes to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. SOLD. * Sale money of £225 has all been donated to Christies NHS Foundation Trust as promised.


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