FOR SALE - UKULELES


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ABBOTT Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (1936). Abbott ukuleles are as rare as hens teeth, and in over 40 years of being interested in ukes and banjo ukes I have only ever seen two others (including the one listed above). Not only is this one a gorgeous tenor ukulele in stunning original condition, but it has Jack Abbott’s autograph etched onto the back with the date 9/5/36 directly below. This Abbott tenor ukulele has a straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard and it has no cracks or splits. Original small black friction tuning pegs (as often used on Abbott banjo ukes). Seventeen-fret rosewood fingerboard extending almost to the soundhole, with cream binding on all three sides and a cream-coloured nut. Five mother-of-pearl position dots. Mahogany neck with the Abbott parabolic neck profile (a superb aid to the movement of your hand up and down the neck) with the body consisting of a spruce top with mahogany back and sides. Cream-coloured binding around top and bottom of the body. Mahogany four-pin bridge with cream-coloured saddle. Original finish, with what I would call a very attractive ‘Gibson style’ tobacco sunburst on the back of the neck, the top and back of the body and at all four corners of the side of the body. This uke has a great playing action and it produces a genuinely gorgeous resonant sound.  This instrument comes complete with its original made-to-measure hard shaped case. A magnificent sounding and superb example of a very rare Abbott ukulele. £500.


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


DE VEKEY STYLE 3 Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (c.1930) (A). 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.


DE VEKEY STYLE 3 Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (c.1930) (B). Here is another lovely example of a high-end De Vekey Tenor Ukulele and once again it is in really good condition for its age. It has the usual spruce top with 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 fingerboard and just a genuinely tiny trace of wear wear to the first two frets. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots. Attractive clamshell-shaped four-pin ebonised bridge with brass saddle. Two replacement bridge pins. 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. Once again, this vintage tenor ukulele comes complete with its original made-to-measure lockable hard shaped case with internal pocket. These instruments are light to hold and easy to play. Except for a few small scratches, this eighty-seven year old instrument is in great condition for it’s age. The case is still in reasonably good condition but a little more ‘tired’ than the instrument itself. This ukulele makes a really lovely sound. £750.


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). This is a stunning vintage Tenor ukulele with a spruce top and beautiful rosewood back and sides. Guitar-style geared tuning pegs. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. No cracks or splits. Seventeen-fret ebony fingerboard that extends to the soundhole and inlaid with a variety of attractive mother-of-pearl shapes. Attractive clamshell-shaped four-pin ebonised bridge with brass saddle. Body bound top and bottom with cream ivoroid. Stunning multiple mother-of-pearl inlay work around the top edge of the body and around the soundhole. This instrument has no maker’s name or label, but apart from having a slightly wider waisted ‘Dreadnought’ style body and perhaps an even more attractive inlay pattern, it is identical (including the case) to the top-of-the-range De Vekey Style 4 tenor ukulele that was made for the Bournemouth musical instrument retailer Aladar de Vekey in about 1930. De Vekey’s top tenor ukuleles (the styles 3 & 4) were made in Saxony and then sent to The Hague where the mother-of-pearl inlays were added. This instrument came from the same source (compare with original ‘de Vekey’ Style 3 above). This vintage tenor ukulele comes complete with its original made-to-measure lockable hard shaped case with the original key and it is in almost mint condition for its age (the case is pretty good too). It is well-made, light to hold, easy to play, and it makes a gorgeous sound. £650. ON HOLD


NATIONAL ‘SILVER’ UKULELE Style 1 (c.1929). All-original, unbelievably rare and early National ukulele, and in fantastic original condition! From a private collector. Serial Number 185 (serial numbers started at 100 and went up to at least 405 in 1934). Original Grover tuning pegs. ‘NATIONAL TRADE MARK’ logo at the top of the peghead. Straight eighteen-fret neck with no wear to the frets and only the tiniest amount of wear to the fingerboard. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots and bound with ivoroid along all three edges. ‘PAT PEND’ stamped into the top of the body just below the end of the fingerboard. Original ‘end pin’ on bottom side of the body with ‘185’ stamped below it. Original single-cone amplification system (with what looks like the original cone still in place!). Shaped and ebonised maple bridge. The top of the body has five ‘kite-shaped’ cut-outs in a circle each covered with a mesh grille. Circular ‘cover plate’ held in place by the twelve original screws. The only real ‘blemish’ to this instrument is a very tiny dent in the back of the body, which is barely noticeable. Original ‘German’ nickel-silver plating in stunning condition for its age. Looks gorgeous and sounds terrific. Complete with modern padded case with shoulder strap and internal pocket. An absolutely amazing and incredibly rare piece of American musical instrument history! £5,000.


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 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 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.


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