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ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (c.1981). Yet another wonderful example of a Jack Abbott (Jnr) banjo uke -
BACON No.1 Banjo Uke (1929). Serial number 27544 on perch pole and on the inside of the pot. Fantastic sounding! Mahogany neck with rosewood veneered top to peghead. Peghead also veneered on the bottom. Straight neck with no fret wear. Original Grover tuning pegs. Bacon logo at the top of the peghead. Sixteen fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple small position dots. What may be two very small areas of professional filling in the fingerboard (seen on photographs). Ebony heel cap. Pot and resonator made of flame maple. Resonator inlaid on the back with multiple wooden rings. Eighteen original tension-
BACON No.2A Banjo Uke (1926). Frederick J. Bacon worked for Vega for a few years before setting up his own business in Groton, Connecticut in 1923. His ambition was to employ the most skilled craftsmen to use the finest materials in order to produce the finest instruments available, and from 1923 until 1929 he was very successful in doing so. As a result, the prices of his instruments started where other manufacturers prices stopped! More can be found about this company and its instruments in my forthcoming book ‘All About the Banjo Uke’, which is due to be printed early in September.
This is a fantastic sounding and a genuinely 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 before the advent of their very expensive ‘Silver Bell’ banjo ukes in late 1926. Serial number 19855 stamped onto the perch-
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BEDDOES ‘NEW CONCERT’ GIBSON UB-
BEHARRELL ‘ABBOTT MONARCH COPY’ Banjo Uke (2015). Serial number ‘037’, this nice banjo uke has a straight neck and no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. It is completely original and in virtually MINT condition inside and out. Original tuning pegs with the word ‘Monarch’ stamped into the back of the peghead. Sixteen fret fingerboard with three mother-
CARTWRIGHT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (c.2012). A virtually MINT example of a Cartwright banjo uke based loosely upon the late 1920’s Abbott ‘Monarch’. Straight spliced neck (with ebonised heel) and it has no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Maker’s label on veneered and ebonised peghead. Ebonised fingerboard inlaid with five pearloid position dots. Fourteen top-
DALLAS ‘B’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1940). Great little vintage instrument and ideal on which to learn to play the banjo uke. Light, easy to hold and to play, and well made. Serial number B/1104. Straight neck with no wear to the frets but some ‘long nail’ wear to the fingerboard on parts of the first two playing positions. Nevertheless, this in no way affects the playability of this lovely little instrument. Sixteen fret fingerboard. Good quality replacement tuning pegs. Original ‘George Formby’ metal badge missing from peghead. Eight original hooks, nuts and shoes. Original chrome plating in very good condition. Four small screws through the flange have been added to secure the resonator but the original threaded bolt attachment on the back of the resonator still remains in full working condition. Great original condition inside. Sounds lovely, great playing action, and comes complete with its original case (with replaced handle). Super little instrument. £250.
DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1939). £1,500. SOLD
DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1955). Really nice example of a Dallas ‘E’ Model. Straight neck with genuinely minimal wear to the frets and the fingerboard. Tuning pegs ideally need replacing. Currently one replacement tuning peg (on the ‘D’ string) and two of the other three original tuners have cracks in the plastic thumbgrips. ‘George Formby’ metal logo on peghead. No serial number. Sixteen-
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-
KEECH ‘ALTO’ Banjulele Banjo (c.1926). This rare instrument is in fantastic condition. It was specially designed by Alvin D. Keech to supply the need for a deeper and fuller toned instrument and is ideally played in the key of ‘C’. With an eight and a half inch diameter internal pot and an eight and a half inch scale length, it was sometimes referred to as the ‘Orchestral Model’. Two similar examples were supplied to H.R.H The Prince Of Wales. Straight neck with virtually no wear to the frets and no wear whatsoever to the fingerboard. Original parts throughout (except for the bridge, the strings and the vellum -
LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927) (Enhanced 2018). This is an original Ludwig ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ Banjo Uke that has been beautifully enhanced by the great Eddie Uttley. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Modern replacement tuning pegs. The top of the peghead and the replaced fingerboard have been enhanced to look similar to some of the 1929 Ludwig Pyralin peghead banjo ukes, and they have had binding added down the sides of the fingerboard. Replacement nut. Sixteen top-
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-
SLINGERLAND ‘MAYBELL’ Banjo Uke (c.1930). Slingerland made many different styles of banjo uke but this was one of their highest models (the ‘Premier’ was their top model). This instrument has been nicely re-
J. R. STEWART Banjo Uke (c.1929). This is a simple but really delightful banjo uke made by the J. R. Stewart Company of Chicago, USA. Light to hold and easy to play, it has a straight neck with no wear to the frets and genuinely barely detectable wear to the first playing position on the fingerboard. Replacement tuning pegs. Maker’s nameplate on peghead. Original nut. Mahogany neck and resonator with integral metal body, and flange with multiple diamond-
S. S. STEWART ‘UNIVERSITY’ Banjo Uke (c.1929). Samuel Swain Stewart banjo ukes were well-
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