FOR SALE - BANJO UKES


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ALL ABOUT THE BANJO UKE by John Croft (2018). Fabulous 300 page high quality book about the banjo uke. Full of interesting facts, stories, and a multitude of photographs. Seven years in the writing this book is a genuine ‘MUST HAVE’ for anyone interested in this instrument. £40.00. Details of Postage are HERE.


ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ (De-Luxe) Banjo Uke (c.1973). MINT CONDITION. Stunning early bottom-tension Abbott. Straight neck and no wear to frets or to fingerboard. Geared tuning pegs. Fourteen tension hooks, with domed tapered nuts and shoes all as on the 1930’s Abbott ‘Crown’ model. Early style adjustable tailpiece. Crown-shaped holes in the flange. Plating tarnished in places but will polish up to a fine shine once again (I know this because I’ve tested it). Concave resonator back. Original ‘De-Luxe’ embellishments on fingerboard, neck and resonator side and back. Great playing action and wonderful sound. Comes complete in its original Shellard case with red internal padded lining. £3,750. SOLD


BACON Banjo Uke (Very early 1923). £1,000. SOLD. ***Would the owner please get in touch***

 

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-hooks, shoes and nuts. Grover tailpiece with securing nut and bolt. Extended flame maple resonator with nickel-plated and patterned flange. Original ‘Bacon’ stamp 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 All Bacon banjo ukes were originally made with the fingerboard extending over the pot which gave a playing action perfect for using a plectrum as originally intended.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 in today’s market. As I have said on many occasions, these banjo ukes were beautifully made, gorgeous looking and really fantastic sounding, and in my opinion Bacon were one of the very best vintage banjo uke makers. This instrument comes complete with a vintage lockable hard shaped case, with padded brown velvet interior lining and an internal pocket. £1,250. ON HOLD


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 ‘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-fret fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position marks. Scalloped bezel and arrow-shaped holes in the flange. Twelve bottom-tension hooks, shoes and nuts. Hooks partially recess into top of bezel. Adjustable tailpiece. Side of resonator bound top and bottom in cream ivoroid. Plating in great condition throughout. Small blemish (photographed) near edge of resonator. Inside of banjo uke in excellent condition. Comes complete with a rather worn but fairly strong ‘Gig Bag’ with a strong handle but a broken zip (at one end). This instrument is a nice one and it plays very well, but it is in need of a little TLC to bring it back to absolutely top condition, hence the inviting price. £550.


GIBSON UB-2 (c.1927). This is a rare and especially attractive example of an original mid-brown Gibson UB-2, and unusually for this model it has original Gibson ivoroid binding down each side of the fingerboard. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Original Grover tuning pegs. ‘The Gibson’ at the top of the peghead. Small area on the top right-hand corner of the peghead (on the side edge) that appears to have had a scrape at some time or other (shown in the photographs). Original Gibson nut. Fifteen-fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with three mother-of-pearl position dots. Plated steel bezel. Fourteen Gibson flatted tension hooks, shoes and nuts. Original ‘Nashville’ tailpiece secured with the original ‘T’-bar and nut. Original cream ivoroid bound maple resonator with four securing screws. This Gibson has been made with their laminated maple pot. This Gibson is in wonderful condition for its age. It is comfortable and easy to hold and is properly set-up with a fine playing action. Best of all it gives that wonderful ‘Gibson’ sound. This banjo uke comes complete with a modern black lockable hard shaped case with a plush grey internal lining and an internal pocket (containing the keys). £1,500. ON HOLD

 

‘Big Resonator’ GIBSON UB-3 (c.1927). Beautiful mid-brown example with gold-plated metal parts. Straight neck & almost no wear to the frets and the fingerboard. Stunning condition throughout. Once owned by Bernard Young (former President of the George Formby Society)o the frets or the fingerboard. ‘Snowflake & diamond’ inlays. Vintage case from the same period also in lovely condition. £3,250.

SOLD


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 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.


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 Banjo Uke (1927). £7,250. SOLD


REGAL ‘LE DOMINO’ Banjo Uke (c.1931). In my opinion these are one of the most under-rated banjo ukes of all time. These great little instruments 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 (different to those that J. R. Stewart originally fitted) and original headstock decal, with 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’ flatted 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.


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-furbished. Replacement tuning pegs. Etched pyralin veneered peghead. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple small mother-of-pearl diamond shapes. Excellent plating throughout. Bezel with grooved top. Sixteen hooks, shoes and nuts. Grover tailpiece. Plated metal flange with semi-circular holes. Extended resonator bound in black around the top edge of the side and with lovely multi-coloured parquetry inlay around the bottom edge. Eddie Uttley ebony-tipped maple bridge. Lovely banjo uke that comes complete in a maroon hard shaped case, with a textured outer finish, thick internal maroon padding and an internal pocket. Looks good, sounds good, and it is very pretty. £550. SOLD


S.  S. STEWART ‘UNIVERSITY’ Banjo Uke (c.1929). Samuel Swain Stewart banjo ukes were well-made and have stood the test of time well. This example has ‘S. S. Stewart University’ stamped onto the perch pole together with the serial number ‘326’, and is similar in many ways to a Gibson UB-2 and UB-3. Neat replacement tuning pegs. Mother-of-pearl star inlaid at the top of the peghead. ‘S. S. Stewart’ label (which may have been added) diagonally across top of peghead. Straight fifteen fret rosewood neck, with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Four mother-of-pearl position dots inlaid into the fingerboard, and three small position dots inlaid into the side of the fingerboard. Sixteen flatted hooks that slot into the groove in the top of the bezel. ‘Gibson’ style shoes, internal screws and washers. ‘No Knot’ tailpiece. Gibson UB-2/UB-3 style resonator bound with cream ivoroid around the side and with a cream ivoroid button in the centre of the back. Very nice sound and great playing action. Comes complete with a rectangular hard fitted case with maroon plush velvet lining. £650.


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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