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SELECTION OF VINTAGE BANJO UKES. A very good friend of mine has a number of nice vintage banjo ukes that are in need of some TLC to bring them back to their best. These instruments are definitely restorable and are nowhere near being ‘basket cases’. They include a J. R. Stewart ‘Le Domino’ (c.1927) and a William Lange. This is an ideal opportunity for someone to restore some fine instruments and they can be sold either individually or collectively. Please contact me for f urther details on 01691 828850 or email me at theukuleleman.com@gmail.com.


IMPORTANT: CLICK on the ITEM’S TITLE (Blue Text Only) to see the AUTOMATED PHOTO GALLERY (which has useful CONTROL BUTTONS in the bottom left-hand corner).

(Made by J. G. ABBOTT & Co.) ‘WILL VAN ALLEN’ Banjo Uke (c.1926). (The photos and the details were provided by the owner. Better photos are available when you click on the blue title text). Made by J. G. Abbott & Co. under the name ‘Will Van Allen - New Revelation’ and sold to the music shop in Charing Cross Road, London, run by two well-known entertainers and banjo players William Dodds and Olly Oakley. This is a long-scale instrument and it shares same pot and neck as the large resonator model. Original tuning pegs. Original transfer label on the headstock. Fourteen hooks, nuts and shoes. Star-shaped convex resonator on the back with a central button. Comes with a gig bag. £395.


BEDDOES ‘NEW CONCERT’ GIBSON UB-2 STYLE Banjo Uke (c.1978). This is a great banjo uke that was made by a very well-respected maker. Light to hold, easy to play and with a great playing action, this is a fine looking and gorgeous sounding Ron Beddoes ‘New Concert’ banjo uke and this one is a slightly later example of his bottom-tension design made loosely in the style of a Gibson UB-2. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Modern replacement tuning pegs. Plated ‘NC’ (New Concert) metal logo on peghead. Original nut. Spliced neck. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard bound along each side and inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl dots. Fourteen bottom-tension hooks and shoes shoes around the pot. Tailpiece fixed to the body therefore it will always remain in the same position. Old vellum in great condition. Gibson UB-2/3 style resonator with binding around the outside edge. Modern lockable hard shaped case with black exterior and grey internal plush velvet padded lining with internal pocket and lid (lock key inside), into which this banjo uke fits perfectly. £795.

CARTWRIGHT Banjo Uke (c.2016). Made by Phil Cartwright, this banjo uke is in almost MINT condition and it makes a great sound. Geared tuners. The peghead has the ‘Cartwright’ name on a plated badge at the top and an attractive ‘checkerboard’ pattern in the middle. Straight sixteen fret neck with pristine fingerboard and frets, multiple snowflake and diamond inlays, and cream binding with position dots marked along one side. Fourteen top-tension bolts. Adjustable tailpiece. Flange contains  ‘sailor’s hat’ shaped cut-outs in the style of the pre-war Abbott ‘Monarch’. Bound resonator with attractive inlays around the side and on the back. Slight crazing to the varnish on the back. The plating is in magnificent condition throughout. Comes complete with a ‘Cartwright’ hard shaped case with purple padded lining and an internal pocket (with hinged lid) that contains the tension key. * Please note that the end of the fingerboard is above the level of the calfskin vellum resulting in a higher playing action. This is no problem whatsoever to most players but it can make the instrument slightly less suitable for people wishing to play in the ‘George Formby’ style. The price of this banjo uke has therefore been adjusted in order cover the cost of anyone wishing to have the playing action  lowered. Nevertheless, it is still great value for money. £795.

DALLAS ‘A’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1939). This is no ordinary ‘A’ Model but one that has been beautifully enhanced and massively improved - and as an extra bonus it has been gold-plated. It comes complete with a Cartwright black hard shaped e, thickly padded and with an internal pocket and lid. £425. More details to follow.

DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1940). A stunning example of the popular Dallas ‘D’ Model banjo uke (made by George Houghton & Son in Birmingham). Originally it would have been chrome plated but this one has been beautifully re-plated in gold - and it looks fabulous. The metal ‘George Formby’ badge on the peghead is a virtually identical looking replacement for the original and the ‘George Formby’ name beneath it has also been added. The nut is a replacement but apart from that, the neck, the resonator, the tuning pegs, frets, fingerboard, fingerboard inlays, bezel, tension hooks, shoes, nuts, resonator mounts, hinged tailpiece and patterned flange, are all original. This instrument is in truly fabulous condition having been beautifully restored by the great Eddie Uttley. The vellum is excellent and the bridge is a Grover ‘Non-Tip’. It comes complete with a contemporary lockable ‘Voyager’ black hard shaped case with padded black lining and an internal pocket and lid.  £825. SOLD

DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo Uke (1938). £695. SOLD

DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (1938). A beautiful example of the rare original gold-plated first version of the Dallas ‘E’ Model. Apart from the vellum, the bridge and the strings, this is a completely original example and it’s in wonderful condition. Straight neck with the fingerboard and frets virtually as new. Original tuning pegs. George Formby’s name is etched in black (which may have been touched up) on mother-of-pearl that is inlaid into the top of the peghead. Ebony fingerboard with multiple decorative inlaid mother-of-pearl position markers. Sixteen gold-plated frets. Scalloped bezel with twelve tension hooks, hinged tailpiece, and flange decorated with arrow-shaped cut-outs. Resonator secured by two ‘easy opening’ wing nuts. The inside of the pot is as immaculate as the outside. Except for the internal tone-ring (which is chrome plated), all the metal parts are gold-plated to a very high standard. Walnut neck with walnut veneered pot and resonator, the resonator having two strips of black binding around the top and bottom edges, the top binding showing evidence of having been re-glued in places. This lovely banjo uke comes complete with its original and lockable black hard shaped case with brown velvet padding and an internal lidded pocket. Inside the pocket is a handwritten note which reads as follows; “ George Formby Ukulele Banjo bought in 1938 at Sinclair’s Southampton. My father is now too old to play it, so has decided to sell it after 70 years. Enjoy.”. £1,595. SOLD

GIBSON UB-2 Banjo Uke (c.1927). With a re-finish of real quality this Gibson is in great condition. The bonus is that it has all of its correct original fittings, with the original vintage Grover tuning pegs (in perfect original condition) inside the pocket of the Grafton hard shaped case. Even the fitted tuning pegs are of high quality. This Gibson produces a stunning sound and it has a straight neck with pristine frets and playing positions on the fingerboard - which is inlaid with three mother-of-pearl position dots. It still has the original ‘The Gibson’ (in silver) at the top of the peghead, fourteen original flatted tension hooks, nuts and shoes, as well as the original ‘Nashville’ tailpiece, and it’s fitted with an Eddie Uttley non-tip maple bridge. The finish on the resonator does show some signs of minor crazing but as you can tell from the photographs it is not readily apparent. It comes complete with a lockable black ‘Grafton’ hard shaped case with plush grey padded lining. £1,295.

‘BIG RESONATOR’ GIBSON UB-3 Banjo Uke (c.1927). As many people will know, I’m very selective with the instruments that I choose to advertise for sale on my website and I always aim to sell high quality examples. This Gibson banjo uke is an outstanding example of its type. It’s a vintage and highly desirable instrument still with its original finish and original plating in magnificent condition and it comes complete with all of its original parts - including its original ‘made for Gibson’ Geib & Schaefer ‘KantKrack’ hard shaped case. It has an arrow straight neck, unworn frets and an unworn fingerboard, it still has its original Gibson tension key and it has a vintage Grover ‘Non-Tip’ maple bridge. Until its recent purchase this banjo uke was owned by the same family since it was purchased new, and they’ve reluctantly decided to put it up for sale and want it to go to a good home where it will be played, enjoyed, and cared for. This is a great example of a great instrument made by a great company. £3,200. SOLD

GIBSON UB-4 Banjo Uke (1935). £2,750. SOLD

JOHN GREY ‘ROY SMECK SUPER’ Banjo Uke (c.1928). Roy Smeck was a famous American musician and entertainer known as ‘The Wizard of the Strings. This instrument was top of the four banjo ukes in ‘Roy Smeck’ range. It’s in fabulous original condition with its original hard shaped case. The case looks as though it has been through a war and it probably has! With the remains of the word ‘ENSA’ (Entertainment National Services Association) written on the lid, the indication is that it was once used by an entertainer of the armed services in World War 2 - but sadly we don’t know who. This banjo uke is completely original and has never been repaired or re-finished. It has a straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard and the resonator is easily detachable. Pristine condition inside and out. £795.

LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). In my opinion Ludwig banjo ukes (with Gibson banjo ukes a close second) were the finest ever made, and the ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ is the least expensive example that you are able to buy. All Ludwig banjo ukes were identical in construction and only differ in terms of  their external decoration, and they were only made from 1927 until 1929. Ludwig’s highly decorated models are extremely hard to find and fetch a premium price, but as the least expensive (but still pricey) banjo uke in the Ludwig range there are more examples of the ‘Wendell Hall’ around than any of the others. This example is in beautiful condition for its 95 years and with a lovely playing action and great sound. Made of American Walnut throughout. Straight neck and almost no wear to the frets and fingerboard. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard with four inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots. Original tuning pegs. Replacement ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ transfer on the beautifully re-finished peghead. Original nickel-plating in great condition and original  removable armrest and tailpiece. Sixteen original top-tension bolts. Original transfer around the side of the resonator still complete and in great condition. Original ‘Wendell Hall’ paper label still attached to the inside of the resonator. Original ‘Ludwig’ top quality calfskin vellum in fantastic condition for its age (stamped on the back). Original cream coloured ivoroid binding around the side of the resonator. Complete with modern lockable hard shaped case with plush black velvet padded lining and internal pocket (containing the keys) with lid. SPECIAL OFFER: £1,450.

LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). Ludwig banjo ukes were made (only for about two years) by the famous Ludwig Drum Company of Chicago, USA. They are widely considered to be one of the best sounding and most desirable banjo ukes ever made, and this Ludwig is no exception. This banjo uke makes a wonderful sound and has been beautifully renovated with a very attractive ‘sunburst’ finish on the back of the resonator and the back of the neck. Made of American Walnut throughout. Straight neck and no wear to frets and just a few small in-filled areas on the first few playing positions. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard with four inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots. Original period vintage ‘Grover’ friction tuning pegs. Original ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ transfer on peghead. Original nickel-plating in great condition with original removable armrest and tailpiece. Sixteen original top-tension bolts. Part of the original ‘Wendell Hall’ paper label is still attached to the inside of the resonator. Great calfskin vellum. Original cream ivoroid binding around the bottom side of the resonator. The last owner only parted with it in order to buy an even higher grade instrument. Great playing action and wonderful sound. Comes complete with modern lockable hard shaped case with plush black padded lining and an internal pocket (containing the key) with lid. SPECIAL OFFER: £1,350.

MARKENDALE GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (1992). Complete with its original Certificate of Manufacture signed and dated by Gordon Markendale, the serial number ‘002’ shows that this banjo uke was only the second one of this style that he ever made. This is a great sounding example in absolutely stunning MINT original condition, with a straight neck and no faults whatsoever! The ‘snowflake and diamond’ inlays and the ‘sunburst’ finish are both extremely attractive, but an extra bonus is that this instrument comes complete with a superb lockable, made-to-measure, plush lined hard shaped case, with internal padding and pocket with lid. Only a few of these lovely cases were imported from the USA by Dave Barnes and were sold by him and Eddy Uttley for £150 each. They sold like hot cakes! This banjo uke and case are both in pristine condition. £1,395.

MARKENDALE GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (c.1994). Another lovely banjo uke in MINT original condition. It was made by the late Gordon Markendale who produced fine instruments based upon the designs of the top vintage banjo uke manufacturers of the 1920’s such as Ludwig, Gibson, and Abbott. Markendale quickly developed a reputation for making excellent banjo ukes which not only looked good but also sounded good, and they became very popular amongst players and remain popular today. This Gibson UB-3 copy is all original with a straight neck and no wear to the fifteen frets or to the rosewood fingerboard. Grover tuning pegs. Markendale name at the top of the peghead. Original nut. Snowflake and diamond mother-of-pearl inlays on the peghead and fingerboard. Fingerboard bound in cream ivoroid with four black position dots along one side. Fourteen hooks, nuts, and shoes, and original Grover ‘Nashville’ tailpiece. Very attractive ‘Sunburst’ finish on the neck, the body, and the resonator. The resonator itself is bound with cream ivoroid and has a decorative ring inlaid into it. Comes complete with a good quality black hard shaped case with made-to-measure plush velvet lining and an nternal pocket and lid. Great value at £1,300.

STROMBERG-VOISINET Banjo Uke (c.1930). These banjo ukes were made to an extremely high standard in Chicago U.S.A. and this instrument is similar to the one shown on page 218 of my book (but with no pyralin - or ‘mother of toilet seat’ as the Americans liked to call it!). Apart from the replaced tuning pegs,bridge, and strings (and possibly the vellum) this instrument is in totally original condition inside and out. Mahogany neck, pot and resonator. Attractively spliced neck. Inlaid decorative strip around the pot and attractive decoration on the back of the resonator. Pristine ebonised fingerboard (Pearwood?) with fifteen pristine frets and four mother-of-pearl position dots. Arrow straight neck. The high quality calfskin vellum is old but probably not the original one, nevertheless it is a cracker! Nice wide fingerboard. Attractive cut-outs on top of the engraved metal flange which runs around the top and side of the resonator. Cream ivoroid binding around the bottom edge of the resonator. Sixteen flatted hooks, nuts, shoes and a ‘Nashville’ tailpiece all from the same supplier used by the famous ‘Gibson’ company. This banjo uke is comfy to hold, it plays beautifully and it produces a lovely sound. I have owned several of these banjo ukes and only sold them reluctantly in order to help purchase much more expensive instruments. They are absolutely fantastic value and I can recommend them unreservedly. This example comes complete with a period hard shaped case with internal lidded pocket. Tremendous value at £650.

VEGA Banjo Uke (c.1927). This banjo uke is absolutely ideal for someone wanting a well-made, light to hold and easy to play vintage instrument. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. The plating is excellent and it comes complete with its original end-opening canvas case. £295.

WINDSOR ‘WHIRLE’ No.7 Banjo Uke (c.1929). This banjo uke is an absolute belter! In MINT condition and with its original hard shaped case it is a well made, attractive, light to hold and great sounding banjo uke. It would be a great vintage banjo uke for either a beginner, an average player or even a good player. Windsor made a lot of low end instruments but there rarer top banjos and banjo ukes were fabulous and often the choice of semi-professional and professional players. No wear to the frets and barely any wear to the fingerboard. Original friction tuning pegs. Beautiful shaped and constructed headstock on top of which is the original ‘The Whirle’ metal badge together with eight attractive mother-of-peal decorative inlaid position markers. Original cream nut. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother of pearl dot and clover leaf position markers. Beautiful spliced maple neck with triple banded decoration. Attractive birds-eye maple pot and resonator. Original bezel. Ten original bottom-tension hooks, nuts and shoes. Original armrest. Original and very attractive ‘Windsor’ shaped tailpiece. Original plated metal flange decorated with nine circular holes. Two original threaded resonator mounts. Decorative black binding around the bottom edge of the resonator. All metal parts with their beautiful nickel-plating in truly fantastic condition for its age. Internal tone-ring. Comes complete with its original black hard shaped case with internal pocket and red brushed cotton lining. Absolutely gorgeous inside and out, light to hold and play, and best  of all it produces a fabulous sound. £995.



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