FOR SALE - BANJO UKES


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ALL ABOUT THE BANJO UKE by John Croft (2018). Fabulous quality hardback book with attractive dust jacket. 16 chapters and 300 pages printed on very high quality paper and held together with a high quality stitched and glued binding - which all combine to give it a hefty net weight of over 1.9 kg. The history of the banjo uke is told, from its invention by John Bolander and its early development (by the Keech brothers), through to the great vintage manufacturers of Ludwig, Gibson, Abbott and Bacon (including Bacon & Day). Colour photos and details of the companies and the instruments that they made abound, and there is much more information and photographs about other great makers past and present. The book also incorporates a lot of information about the ownership of George Formby’s banjo ukes, the great case makers, and it is also full of interesting facts and stories about a multitude of people and instruments. After seven years in the making, I’m very proud to have been told by many of my customers that this book is a genuine ‘MUST HAVE’ for anyone interested in the banjo uke. £40.00. More details about Payment and Postage are HERE.


ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ (De-Luxe) Banjo Uke (c.1973). MINT CONDITION. £3,750. SOLD

 

BACON No.1 Banjo Uke (1929). £1,250. SOLD


BEDDOES ‘NEW CONCERT’ DE-LUXE Banjo Uke (c.1976). This is an absolutely fantastic sounding example of a Ron Beddoes ‘New Concert’ top-tension banjo uke loosely based upon the 1920’s Ludwig design. Straight neck and no wear to the fingerboard. Minor wear to the frets. Serial number ‘097’ stamped onto the perch-pole. Original tuning pegs still work well but are not all in good condition and might need replacing before too long. Plated ‘NC’ (New Concert) metal logo on peghead together with plated metal diamond shape at the top. Spliced neck. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with an attractive multiple mother-of-pearl dot position pattern, and bound along each edge with cream-coloured ivoroid. Scalloped bezel with sixteen top-tension bolts, and twenty circular holes decorate the flange. Tailpiece fixed to the bezel. Original bridge and original vellum in great condition. Patterned strip around side of resonator, and cream-coloured ivoroid binding around the lower edge. Attractive wooden inlay pattern on back of resonator. Original case (made by Shellard in Wotton-under-Edge) with original key and attractive (but less common) original yellow internal lining. Beddoes ‘New Concert’ banjo ukes have always been popular. This one has a great playing action and it produces a truly phenomenal sound. The first person to see it, play it and hear it, will buy it. £1,250.


BEDDOES ‘NEW CONCERT’ GIBSON UB-2 STYLE Banjo Uke (c.1975). This is another superb sounding example of a Ron Beddoes ‘New Concert’ banjo uke, and this one is the bottom-tension design based loosely upon the Gibson UB-2. Straight neck and no wear to the fingerboard. Minor wear to the frets. Serial number ‘01’ stamped twice onto the inside edge of the pot. Original tuning pegs in very good condition and still work well. Plated ‘NC’ (New Concert) metal logo on peghead. Spliced neck. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with a multiple mother-of-pearl dot position pattern. Sixteen bottom-tension hooks that recess slightly into the bezel. Sixteen attractive shoes around the pot. Tailpiece fixed to the body therefore it will always remain in the same position. Original bridge and original vellum in great condition. Gibson UB-2/3 style resonator with and cream-coloured ivoroid binding around the outside edge. Old case in a sorry state! Beddoes ‘New Concert’ banjo ukes have always been popular, and this is another one with a great playing action and it produces a fabulous sound. Once again, the first person to see it, play it and hear it, will buy it. £795.  


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-of-pearl position dots. Thinly spliced neck with a desirable parabolic profile. Maker’s name on side of heel. Fourteen bottom tension hooks that slightly recess into the bezel. Patterned flange with ‘crown’ shaped holes. Adjustable tailpiece. Easily removable (four small circular nuts with knurled edges) extended resonator with ebonised side and brown sunburst finish on the gently convex back. Resonator has cream/white ivoroid binding around the inside back edge and a cream/white circular button in the centre. Vintage deep blue case which looks rather ‘tired’ and is lacking a carrying handle, but at least it’s a case! Superb playing action. A very nice banjo uke. £850.


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-tension bolts. Engraved and adjustable tailpiece. Integral flange decorated with multiple ‘sailor’s hat’ shaped holes. Extended resonator with ebonised side, ivoroid inlay strip around the inner lip of the back with a circular pearloid-effect button in the centre. Comes complete with a black hard shaped ‘Cartwright’ case with padded maroon lining and an inside pocket. Lovely instrument with a really nice sound and a good sustain. £850.


DALLAS ‘B’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1949). More details & photos to follow.


DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1950). £550. SOLD


GIBSON UB-2 (c.1927). £1,500. SOLD


GIBSON UB-2 (c.1927). SOLD


GIBSON UB-2 (c.1927). This banjo uke is almost identical to the Gibson UB-2 currently ‘On Hold’. It once belonged to the stand-up comedian Ken Goodwin (who owned number of Banjo Ukes). More details & photos to follow.


GIBSON UB-3 (c.1927). SOLD


GIBSON UB-3 (c.1927). This is another really nice example of the Gibson UB-3 banjo uke. Arrow straight fifteen-fret neck with genuinely minuscule amount of wear to first three frets and some very minor wear to the finish of the first three playing positions on the fingerboard (which looks worse on the photos than it actually is). Original ivoroid binding down each side of the neck. Original Grover tuning pegs. ‘The Gibson’ logo in gold at the top of the peghead, with ‘snowflake and diamond’ mother-of-pearl inlay in the middle, and on the fingerboard. Original bezel with fourteen original tension hooks, nuts and shoes. Original Grover ‘Nashville’ tailpiece. Original laminated pot (re-finished) with original resonator. Attractive Gibson ‘tobacco sunburst’ finish to the back of the resonator and the back of the neck. Altogether a lovely vintage banjo uke, with a great playing action, and which makes a gorgeous sound. It comes complete with a modern hard shaped black case with an internal neck support and pocket and with padded grey plush lining. £1,800. ON HOLD


‘Big Resonator’ GIBSON UB-3 (c.1927). £3,250. SOLD


GREENFIELD ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ COPY Banjo Uke (c.2000). SOLD


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 - and perhaps the tailpiece). Original tuning pegs, and ‘Keech’ shield on the peghead with ‘Banjulele Banjo’ and the instruments patent number clearly stamped below. Walnut neck with thick ebony fingerboard with seventeen frets, beautifully inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl decorations. Fingerboard underlain with sycamore. Maple veneered body inlaid with two patterned parquetry strips. Heavily nickel-plated interior and exterior metal fittings. Ten bottom-tension hooks that recess into holes in the scalloped bezel. Easily removable domed and polished external resonator decorated with a matching parquetry patterned strip to the two on the body. The internal and external resonators both contain an etched autograph of Alvin D. Keech. This instrument comes complete with a modern black hard shaped case with plush grey lining and an internal pocket. Inside the case is an original advert for ‘Keech’ Banjulele Banjos, including this model. £750.


LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927) (Enhanced 2018). £2,500. SOLD


LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). Nicely professionally re-finished example with very pretty sunburst on neck and resonator and vintage Grover friction tuning pegs. Modern case. £1,800. More details & photos to follow.


LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). Original example with vintage Planet 4-to-1 geared tuning pegs. £1,950. More details & photos to follow. ON HOLD


LUDWIG Banjo Uke (1927). Gold-plated and engraved version. Fantastic dark figured walnut on the back of the resonator. Original case and badge. Extremely rare and highly desirable. £7,250. SOLD


LUDWIG Banjo Uke (1929). Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Scalloped bezel, crown shaped holes in the silver-plated and engraved flange. ‘Planet’ 4-to-1 geared tuning pegs. Pyralin peghead. Rare de-luxe resonator with parquetry inlays and additional original decoration. Original case, with badge and attachment screws in case pocket . In tremendous condition for its age, and it produces an absolutely superb sound. £6,000. SOLD


MITCHELL ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (2,000). SOLD


REGAL ‘LE DOMINO’ Banjo Uke (c.1931). £595. SOLD


SLINGERLAND ‘MAYBELL’ Banjo Uke (c.1930). £550. SOLD


S.  S. STEWART ‘UNIVERSITY’ Banjo Uke (c.1929). £500. SOLD


WILL VAN ALLEN Long-Scale Banjo Uke (c.1926). £850. SOLD


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