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ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (c.1971). A very early De-Luxe bottom-tension version of these lovely banjo ukes. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Scalloped bezel and convex resonator. All in great original condition with a lovely maroon plush velvet lined black hard rectangular case. Lovely decorative mother-of-pearl inlays and very pretty and highly attractive woodwork on the neck and the resonator. More details & photos to follow.



ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (January 1976). De-Luxe top-tension version of these lovely banjo ukes. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Concave resonator. All in great original condition with it’s original ‘Shellard’ red padded black hard shaped case. Lovely decorative mother-of-pearl inlays and very pretty and highly attractive woodwork on the neck and the resonator. Guess what, just like the similar Abbott mentioned above, the ivoroid binding on the resonator has shrunk over the years and is going to be replaced. More details & photos to follow.



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. £595.



‘BABY’ CARTWRIGHT Banjo Uke (c.2021). This is a totally original and MINT example of a ‘Baby’ Cartwright and it’s completely unblemished. Based on the design of the much loved pre-war Gibson UB2 & UB3 it is easy to hold and even easier to play. With no wear and no issues it is attractively finished and has ‘tobacco sunburst’ on the back of the resonator. The maker’s name is engraved onto the top of the adjustable tailpiece With its original and equally immaculate and MINT Cartwright black hard shaped case with made-to-measure padded red plush lining and an internal pocket, it represents fantastic value for money. £650. ON HOLD









CARTWRIGHT Banjo Uke (2012). This is an absolutely stunning example of a Phil Cartwright banjo uke, and it’s in MINT condition. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. ‘Cartwright’ logo at the top of the peghead, and his name is also engraved onto the top of the adjustable tailpiece. Diamond shaped mother-of-pearl inlays on the peghead, which is fitted with very attractive geared tuning pegs with pearloid thumb grips. Fifteen-fret ebony fingerboard with multiple diamond shaped inlays, cream coloured ivoroid binding, and position dots on one side. All metal parts untarnished and with fabulous plating. Spliced neck. Resonator bound around the bottom with cream-coloured ivoroid binding and with a decorative inlaid strip around the side. The back of the resonator is very attractive and is in beautiful ‘Bird’s Eye’ Maple, including a  decorative circular inlay in the centre. Comes complete with its original made-to-measure Cartwright black hard shaped case, with maroon plush velvet lining and an internal pocket and lid. Inside the pocket is a spare bridge and a tensioner. This instrument looks lovely, plays beautifully, and sounds terrific. £825. ON HOLD



DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (1938). With the serial number E/1093 this instrument is wonderful example of a rare original top of the range gold-plated ‘E’ model and it’s in magnificent original condition. The frets are good, and nail wear between the first few frets of the fingerboard have been expertly repaired. The only other thing to mention is a that a small piece of the black resonator binding has lifted near the neck (shown in the photos) The original deep gold-plating is in brilliant condition and virtually unblemished, and the original finish on the uke is superb. All the parts on this instrument are original as is its black hard shaped case with brown padded internal padded lining with pocket with lid. A great example of a great banjo uke. Tremendous value at £1,395.








MARKENDALE ‘BIG’ GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (1995). This another fine Markendale banjo uke and it’s in MINT original condition. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Original Grover ‘Sta-Tite’ tuning pegs. Makers name at top of peghead with ‘snowflake & diamond’ mother-of-pearl inlays below. Fifteen-fret rosewood fingerboard with ‘snowflake & diamond’ inlays. Cream coloured binding along the neck with position dots on one side. Laminated wooden pot. ‘Stepped’ bezel and sixteen flatted tension hooks, shoes, and nuts. Genuine Grover ‘Nashville’ tailpiece (as used on Gibsons in the late 1920s). Fifteen diamond-shaped holes in the flange. All metal parts beautifully plated. Extended resonator with cream binding around the bottom edge. This instrument is a tribute to Gordon Markendale’s skills and craftsmanship, and is quite frankly in the same condition now as it was when it was new. It comes complete with it’s original maker’s Certificate of Authenticity and a black hard shaped lockable case with an internal pocket (containing the key) and made-to-fit black padded plush internal lining. This lovely ‘Big’ Gibson copy makes a fabulous sound. £1,500.



MARKENDALE ‘SILHOUETTE’ Banjo Uke (1995). This instrument is based on the pre-war Abbott ‘Monarch’ banjo uke. Just like the Markendale ‘Big’ Gibson’ UB-3 copy shown above, this fine banjo uke is also in absolutely MINT original condition, exactly as it was when it was made. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Original Grover ‘Sta-Tite’ tuning pegs. Makers name in the middle of the peghead. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard with multiple ‘dot’ inlays. Integral metal pot (with internal wooden hoop) and flange. ‘Stepped’ bezel and fourteen flatted tension hooks, nuts, and shoes. Original tailpiece. Twelve ‘Abbott style’ holes in the flange. Original tailpiece. All metal parts beautifully plated. Extended resonator with very attractive ‘sunburst’ finish, a central cream button on the back, and cream binding around the bottom inside edge. Another lovely Markendale instrument in glorious original condition. It comes complete with it’s original maker’s Certificate of Authenticity and a black hard shaped lockable case with an internal pocket and black padded plush lining. This banjo uke also makes a lovely sound. £1,100.



WILL VAN ALLEN STYLE Banjo Uke.  ‘Will Van Allen’ was the stage name of a famous banjo player called Richard Dodds. This long-scale banjo uke has been made by taking the original long-scale neck of a pre-1930 (Abbott made) ‘Will Van Allen’ banjo uke and making a brand new pot, bezel flange, and resonator, with all new attachments. Its looks have been kept in a similar to (but not completely identical with) the style of the original instrument. The plating is new and the  whole construction has been done very nicely and very professionally, the result being a well-built and very attractive looking instrument. Replacement tuning pegs. Original ‘Will Van Allen’ label on the peghead. Some very small and professional filling to minor fingernail wear at the first playing position on the fingerboard. Straight neck with no wear to the frets. Position dots inlaid into the fingerboard. Adjustable tailpiece. Comes complete with a soft padded case with two external zipped pockets, This banjo uke looks heavy but is in fact quite light and comfortable to hold, and it has a fine playing action. Best of all, it makes a very nice sound. £550.



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