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GEORGE FORMBY OWNED INSTRUMENT NEWS


On Christmas Eve 2020 (completely out of the blue) I was telephoned by a friend and asked whether or not I would be interested in buying George Formby’s ‘Keech’ Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele that he played in his first Ealing (ATP) Film ‘No Limit’ (1935) and all of its provenance. I jumped at the chance to own it, contacted the owner, and it all arrived here safely on Friday 15th January 2021. Below are some photographs of it together with my two other Formby owned ‘Gibson’ banjo ukes. The ‘Big’ Gibson is the instrument that George Formby played in the film ‘I Didn’t Do It’ (1945). All three instruments have full provenance, are in original condition, have their original cases and have never been re-finished. This is the first time that these three instruments have been together for almost 60 years since they were sold at the auction of George Formby’s estate in 1961. Incidentally, the crack down the back of the Keech Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele has been there since before the 1961 Auction.

























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