FOR SALE - BANJO UKES


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Pre-War ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (c.1926/27). £2,500. SOLD


ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Super De-Luxe Banjo Uke (c.1974). This is an absolutely stunning early example made by Jack Abbott (Jnr), and was one of two Abbott banjo ukes ordered by George Gibbons, who wrote the song ‘When I Come Up On The Football Pools’. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Gold-plated geared tuning pegs with translucent thumbgrips. ‘Abbott’ transfer across the peghead. Sixteen fret rosewood fingerboard beautifully inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl shapes. Gold-plated bezel, hooks, shoes, nuts, spinning and flange. Hooks recess into the bezel. Gold-plated and adjustable tailpiece. Flame maple spliced neck with rosewood heel. Very attractive inlaid strip around the side of the resonator. Binding around the top and the bottom of the side of the resonator. Decorative circular wooden inlay on the back of the spliced resonator. Comes complete with its original ‘Shellard’ hard shaped case with padded red interior lining. This is the finest looking Abbott banjo uke that I have ever seen. £4,500.


ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (1975). Full details and Photos to follow.


BACON No.2A Banjo Uke (1926). Tremendous sounding banjo uke! With the serial number 19855 stamped onto the perch-pole and onto the inside of the pot, this is a wonderful example of a Bacon No.2A banjo uke from its first year of manufacture in 1926. It was the top Bacon banjo uke model of its year before the advent of their ‘Silver Bell’ models in 1927. Pot, neck and resonator made of flame maple with its original dark finish (‘sunburst’ on the neck and resonator). Inlaid with wooden banding on neck and resonator. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or to the bound fifteen-fret ebony fingerboard. Ebony heel-cap. Original ‘Grover’ tuning pegs. Maker’s name inlaid into the top of the peghead in mother-of-pearl. Multiple original decorative mother-of-pearl inlays in the fingerboard. Pot fitted with the highly desirable half-round spun nickel-plated caps around the top and the bottom (very rare). Eighteen original tension-hooks, shoes and bolts with original recessed bezel. ‘No-Knot’ tailpiece & securing nut and bolt. Extended flame maple resonator with nickel-plated flange and original ‘Bacon’ labels inside. All Bacon banjo ukes were originally made with the fingerboard extending over the pot which gave a playing action perfect for using a plectrum as originally intended. This example has had the neck professionally lowered to make a perfect playing action for playing in ‘finger style’ or ‘George Formby’ style and it makes this banjo uke far more desirable. Great example of a beautifully made, gorgeous looking and really fantastic sounding vintage banjo uke from one of the very best vintage makers. This instrument has fittings which allow the attachment of a shoulder strap and it comes complete with a modern lockable hard shaped case with grey velvet padding and an internal pocket. £1,450.


DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1941). This is a truly excellent example of these popular and well-made vintage banjo ukes and this one is in wonderful original condition. Serial Number D/1362. Body, neck and resonator made of attractive bird’s-eye maple, with an ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl dots. Original tuning pegs. The top of the  peghead  has its original ‘George Formby Registered’ metal badge. Straight neck with no fret wear, but some wear to the first two fret spaces (caused by long nails!) which in no way affects the playability of this instrument and looks worse on my photos than it does in reality. Except for the vellum, the strings and the bridge, this instrument is in great original condition inside and out, and the all the metal plating is in stunning condition for its age. Perfect playing action and lovely sound. Comes complete with its original black hard-shaped case with a dark blue lined interior and an internal storage pocket and lid. £795.


DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1942). £800. SOLD


GIBSON UB-1 Banjo Uke (c.1927). £500. SOLD


GIBSON UB-2 Banjo Uke (c.1927) (A).  Another terrific example of a pre-war ‘Gibson’ banjo uke from one of the greatest vintage manufacturers, and fitted with all of its original parts. Straight neck with some ‘long nail’ wear between the two middle strings at the first position of the fingerboard, and a genuinely tiny amount of wear to some of the first few frets, neither of which affects the playing of this instrument in any way whatsoever. Made of North American maple throughout. Original ‘Grover’ tuning pegs with cream-coloured thumb-grips. ‘The Gibson’ in gold colour at the top of the peghead. Three mother-of-pearl position dots inlaid into the fingerboard. All the parts (except the vellum, the strings and the bridge) are original to this instrument and some of the metal parts have been beautifully re-plated in nickel. The wooden parts of this instrument appear to have their original vintage ‘Gibson’ finish which is in excellent condition for it’s age except for some very, very light ‘crazing’ on the top of the flat-plate resonator. Eight-inch diameter ‘pot’ fitted with an excellent calf-skin vellum. This banjo uke is  a great example of its type. These Gibson’s are always light and easy to hold and this one has a perfect playing action. Best of all, it makes a great sound. It comes complete with a modern, lockable, hard shaped black case, with black internal plush-velvet padded lining and an interior pocket and lid. £1,500.


GIBSON UB-2 Banjo Uke (c.1927) (B). £1,400. SOLD


GIBSON UB-3 Banjo Uke (c.1927). £1,795. SOLD


GREENFIELD ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ COPY Banjo Uke (c.1995). Graham Greenfield’s early Abbott ‘Monarch’ copies were great banjo ukes and here is one such example, and it is in absolutely MINT condition. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Tuning pegs with black thumbgrips. Three mother-of-pearl dots inlaid at the 5th, 7th and 9th playing positions on the fingerboard. Fourteen hooks and nuts with Abbott style shoes. Body made like a pre-war ‘deep spinning’ Abbott ‘Monarch’ banjo uke with plenty of room to draw the vellum down (as shown on the last two close-up photos of the side of the body). ‘Sailor’s Hat’ holes in the flange. Binding around the back inside edge of the resonator and decorative ‘button’ in the middle. With a gorgeous shallow neck to play on, this instrument is light to hold, great to play, and it sounds brilliant. Comes complete with a hard, shaped and lockable black case, with black plush interior lining and an internal pocket. £995.

 

JEDSON Banjo Uke (c.1928). This lovely little banjo uke was made in the USA by ‘Slingerland’ and was their No.20 ‘May-Bell’ model, but ‘Jedson’ (John E. Dallas & Son) imported it into England, put their own badge on the peghead and sold it as their own instrument, and it is still in superb condition. The number ‘20’ is stamped into the wood on the inside rim of the resonator and on the top of the back of the pot. Made mainly of maple with a veneer of attractive birds-eye maple around the pot and on the gently domed back of the resonator. Sixteen-fret mahogany fingerboard with three mother of pearl position dots, and a thin veneer of mahogany on top of the peghead. Straight neck with no wear to the frets and only the very tiniest amount of wear between strings two and three at the first position. Original tuning pegs. All original bezel and tailpiece with sixteen tension hooks nuts and shoes (one hook and nut is a replacement). Light to hold and lovely to play and with a bright and lively sound, this is a very good and well-made banjo uke from the late 1920’s. Complete with original hard shaped case (with re-placed handle and brackets). £475.


JOHN GREY & SONS ‘ROY SMECK SUPER MODEL’ Banjo Uke (c.1930). Roy Smeck was an American musical ‘superstar’  of the 1920’s and 1930’s. He became known as the ‘Wizard of the Strings’ and was an amazing virtuoso performer on a number of different instruments. This instrument is a rare top-of-the-range version of the four types of ‘Roy Smeck’ banjo ukes that were produced by John Grey & Sons in London and George Formby owned played one. They were advertised as having been ‘Designed and perfected by Roy Smeck, and built by the pick of John Grey’s craftsmen for his personal use.’ This example is in outstanding condition, including the original bridge, the original gut strings, the original facsimile ‘Roy Smeck’ signed vellum, and the original case, and even the original ‘John Grey’ tension key. Metal badge on peghead showing maker and model. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Highly polished figured Australian maple veneered body and extended resonator with ivorine inlaid edges. Newly designed one-piece all metal flange. Aluminium under-hoop with extra heavy straining bezel and eight recessed tension hooks. Original ‘Jos Rogers’ finest quality calfskin vellum. Pressure bar tailpiece with hinged string cover. Five layer sycamore and ebony spliced walnut neck with two layer ebony faced fingerboard bound with ivorine and inlaid with elaborate mother-of-pearl designs. Ebonite buttoned grip pegs. All parts heavily chromium plated. Complete in fully shaped hard black case with brown velvet lining and internal pocket. This instrument is very rare and it makes a wonderful sound. £995.


LUDWIG Banjo Uke (1929). Pyralin Peghead model. £4,950. SOLD

 

LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). Fantastic sounding and with a lovely playing action, this is another fine example of these magnificent old banjo ukes (ninety years old and still going strong!). Straight neck with just a tiny trace of wear to the first two frets and only a genuinely tiny amount of minor wear to the fingerboard (between strings two and three at the first position). With vintage hard shaped case and Ludwig badge. Peghead repaired and re-ebonised, with replacement ‘Wendell Hall’ transfer and fitted with good quality replacement tuning pegs. Sixteen-fret fingerboard with inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots at the 5th, 7th, 10th & 12th positions. Lovely figured walnut back on the resonator and the original decorative transfer around the side of the resonator is in excellent condition. Original cream binding around the outside edge of the resonator. Original maker’s label still inside the resonator. Sixteen top-tension bolts. Fine original plating on the body and integral flange, the original tailpiece and the original detachable armrest. This instrument produces a beautifully deep, resonant and powerful sound and it is a joy to play. Although the vellum has been stretched over the years there is plenty of life in it yet and producing such a superb sound as it does there is no need to replace it. Fitted with GHS strings, this banjo uke also has a spare set of ‘Aquila Nylgut’ strings. I have decided to change the bridge so the one shown in the photographs has been kept in the case pocket and an old ‘Grover’ ebony-tipped maple bridge has been fitted. This instrument comes complete with a fine vintage made-to-measure hard shaped case with plush velvet lining and a large internal pocket. A ‘Ludwig’ badge is attached to the inside of the case lid. £1695.


REGAL ‘LE DOMINO’ Banjo Uke (c.1931). These great little banjo ukes were originally made by ‘J. R. Stewart & Co.’, but the company was bought by ‘Regal’ in 1930 after which production continued for only a very short time. Unusually, not only has this example got all of its little ‘domino’ transfers intact but most of them remain unblemished. Original tuning pegs and headstock decal, and original w/b/w nut. Straight neck with no wear to the frets and only some minor flaking on the ebonised fingerboard. Binding along sides of neck and around the back edge and bottom side edge of the base of the resonator. ‘Dominoes’ on fingerboard, around the side of the body and in a ring towards the middle of the resonator where they have a gold-coloured background. Twelve ‘Gibson style’ hooks, nuts and shoes. Original ‘Gibson UB-1’ style tailpiece. This instrument is in fantastic condition for its age; it is light to hold, easy to play and it produces a lovely strong sound. It comes complete with a hard brown ‘Roger A. Bamford’ case with internal green padded lining. £595.


WILL VAN ALLEN Long-Scale Banjo Uke (c.1927). ‘Will Van Allen’ was the stage name of William Dodds, a banjoist, musical comedian, variety artist and musician who had become very famous by the 1920’s. He entered into a business agreement for J. G. Abbott & Son to make a range of banjos and banjo ukes for him under various names (including ‘New Revelation’). This is a fine example of a Will Van Allen long-scale banjo uke, similar to the one played by George Formby when he sang the song ‘If You Don’t Want The Goods Don’t Maul ‘Em’ in the 1935 film ‘Off The Dole’. Straight neck and no wear to the frets, and just two small patches of scuffing to the finish on the fingerboard behind the first fret, which looks like it has been caused by long nails. Original ‘Grover’ tuning pegs. Will Van Allen transfer label on the peghead. Seventeen-fret ebonised fingerboard with multiple mother-of-pearl inlays. Ivoroid binding around the side of the body and around the top and the bottom of the side of the resonator, with a thin inlaid ivoroid circle on the back of the resonator. Nickel-plated flange with circular cut-outs. Easily detachable resonator using the two-point thumbscrew mounting. Fourteen tension hooks, shoes and nuts. Excellent original condition throughout. This is a very rare instrument and it comes complete with a hard shaped case with internal pocket and tension key. £850.


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