FOR SALE - UKULELES


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ABBOTT Soprano Ukulele (c.1928). Although this instrument has a ‘Windsor’ transfer at the top of the peghead it is in fact a very rare Abbott Soprano Ukulele. Abbott made instruments for a wide variety of other makers and other retailers and they were allowed to put their own company’s mark on them, and this is one such example. This Ukulele has no cracks or splits, a set of replacement tuning pegs and only minor marks here and there. It has a straight neck and no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard and a twelve fret fingerboard with three inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots. With a lovely tone it is a nice example of a vintage English made Ukulele. Comes complete with brand new black hard shaped case with internal padding. £275. ON HOLD (Until April 2017!!!)


ABBOTT Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (1936). Abbott ukuleles are as rare as hens teeth, and in over 40 years of being interested in ukes and banjo ukes I have only ever seen two others (including the one listed above). Not only is this one a gorgeous tenor ukulele in stunning original condition, but it has Jack Abbott’s autograph etched onto the back with the date 9/5/36 directly below. In the 1930’s Jack Abbott, (son of the famous London instrument maker John G. Abbott) managed to persuade his father that the guitar was the instrument of the future, so his father asked him to design and make a range of guitars (and ukuleles) for the company, and very successful they were too. The ‘Abbott-Victor’ range and the  later ‘Aristone’ Guitar proved to be the instruments of choice for many professional, semi-professional and session musicians and it is still very highly rated and extremely desirable today. This Abbott tenor ukulele has a straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard and it has no cracks or splits. Original small black friction tuning pegs (as often used on Abbott banjo ukes). Seventeen-fret rosewood fingerboard extending almost to the soundhole, with cream binding on all three sides and a cream-coloured nut. Five mother-of-pearl position dots. Mahogany neck with the Abbott parabolic neck profile (a superb aid to the movement of your hand up and down the neck) with the body consisting of a spruce top with mahogany back and sides. Cream-coloured binding around top and bottom of the body. Mahogany four-pin bridge with cream-coloured saddle. Original finish, with what I would call a very attractive ‘Gibson style’ tobacco sunburst on the back of the neck, the top and back of the body and at all four corners of the side of the body. This uke has a great playing action and it produces a genuinely gorgeous resonant sound. It once belonged to Jack Abbott himself and it has his signature on the back of the body with the date 9/5/36 etched immediately beneath it. The tobacco sunburst used on this instrument was loosely styled upon a the similar finish used by Gibson on some of their instruments, and it can be seen on the top and back of the body and near each corner of the side of the body, as well as on the back of the neck. It comes complete with its original made-to-measure hard shaped case. A magnificent sounding and superb example of a very rare Abbott ukulele. £850.


ARIA Soprano Ukulele (c.1970). ‘Aria’ were a Japanese company founded in 1956. They began in retail and started to make musical instruments in 1964, aiming their products at the middle to upper end of the market. Early in their history they decided to make a copy of the famous and very successful soprano ukulele made from the early twentieth century by C. F. Martin & Co. in the USA, and their venture was to prove a great success because Aria ukuleles were made out of top quality materials, they were set up properly and they sounded lovely. This example is in really good condition. It has no splits or cracks and a straight neck with no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Original tuning pegs. Mahogany body and neck with a twelve fret rosewood fingerboard inlaid with three mother-of-pearl dots. Inlaid binding around the soundhole and a rosewood bridge with an ivoroid bridge saddle. Maker’s label inside the body. This ukulele sounds really lovely and it has the perfect playing action. It comes complete with the bonus of a vintage 1920’s hard shaped case with an internal pocket. £330.


C. F. MARTIN & Co. Style 2M Soprano Ukulele (c.1946). This is a wonderful example of an all-original Martin soprano ukulele, and the bonus is that it is in superb condition for its age, with no splits, cracks or repairs. Made of mahogany throughout. Straight neck with no wear to the fingerboard and just the tiniest amount of wear to the first two frets, only a trace of wear to the third fret and no wear to the rest. Original Grover tuning pegs. Original ‘C. F. Martin & Co.’ Transfer at the top of the peghead. Rosewood fingerboard inlaid with small position dots. Inlaid w/b/w circle around the soundhole. Bridge slots in amazing condition. The body has a triple bound top with a narrow b/w strip of binding surrounded by tortoiseshell binding around the top, and just tortoiseshell binding around the bottom. This instrument produces that wonderful ‘Martin’ sound famed by ukulele players the World over. Original finish with pristine neck and only a view tiny marks on the body (mainly on the back) that would be the very least you would expect from a ukulele of around 70 years old. Fabulous condition for it’s age and it comes complete with an old Geib ‘Economo’ hard shaped case. £1,500.


DE VEKEY STYLE 3 Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (c.1930) (A). Aladar de Vekey had a range of four tenor ukulele styles made to sell from his successful Bournemouth music shop in around 1930. They were beautifully made, light to hold and easy to play and this is a lovely example of the Style 3 which was one below the top of the range Style 4. This example is in really good condition for its age. It has a spruce top and beautiful flame maple back and sides. Guitar-style geared tuning pegs. The retailer’s surname is attractively inlaid into the top of the peghead in mother-of-pearl. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots. A small shrinkage of the beautifully spliced top has been professionally filled behind the bridge. Attractive clamshell-shaped four-pin ebonised bridge with brass saddle. Body bound top and bottom with cream ivoroid. Gorgeous multiple mother-of-pearl inlay work around the top edge of the body and around the soundhole. These instruments were made in Saxony and then sent to The Hague where the mother-of-pearl inlays were added. This vintage tenor ukulele comes complete with its original made-to-measure lockable hard shaped case with it’s original key. These instruments are light to hold and easy to play. Except for a few small scratches, this eighty-seven year old instrument and it’s original case are in fantastic condition for their age, and the ukulele makes a really beautiful sound. £650.


DE VEKEY STYLE 3 Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (c.1930) (B). Here is another lovely example of a high-end De Vekey Tenor Ukulele and once again it is in really good condition for its age. It has the usual spruce top with beautiful flame maple back and sides. Guitar-style geared tuning pegs. The retailer’s surname is attractively inlaid into the top of the peghead in mother-of-pearl. Straight neck with no wear to the fingerboard and just a genuinely tiny trace of wear wear to the first two frets. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots. Attractive clamshell-shaped four-pin ebonised bridge with brass saddle. Two replacement bridge pins. Body bound top and bottom with cream ivoroid. Gorgeous multiple mother-of-pearl inlay work around the top edge of the body and around the soundhole. These instruments were made in Saxony and then sent to The Hague where the mother-of-pearl inlays were added. Once again, this vintage tenor ukulele comes complete with its original made-to-measure lockable hard shaped case with internal pocket. These instruments are light to hold and easy to play. Except for a few small scratches, this eighty-seven year old instrument is in great condition for it’s age. The case is still in reasonably good condition but a little more ‘tired’ than the instrument itself. This ukulele makes a really lovely sound. £650.


KALA Soprano Ukulele (c.2011). A Kala ‘KA-S’ soprano ukulele which is in magnificent original condition. Made with a mahogany and agathis neck and an agathis (commonly known as kauri or dammar) body, a rosewood fingerboard (inlaid with three position dots) and a rosewood bridge. All original and with a straight neck and no splits, cracks or ‘dings’ whatsoever. No wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Pearloid thumb-grips on tuning pegs. Serial number 1202 shown on maker’s internal label. Body bound top and bottom. Comes complete with a really lovely made-to-measure tweed covered, lockable hard shaped case, with black plush-velvet lining and an internal pocket and lid. £100.


KAMAKA ‘PINEAPPLE’ Soprano Ukulele (c.1927). This is a really nice example of a vintage Kamaka ‘Pineapple’ Ukulele with the harder to find and more desirable ‘rope binding’ around the top of the body and around the sound hole. Made from beautiful Hawaiian Koa wood throughout. Original tuning pegs. There is a Kamaka label on the top of the peghead and a ‘Pineapple’ label on the top of the body, and the original Kamaka Pineapple label is still inside the body. The neck is straight and there is some genuinely minor wear to the first couple of frets. The old varnish has worn a little on the first couple of playing positions. There are no signs of any cracks or splits in the body and the bridge is in excellent condition. This ukulele has a perfect playing action and it produces that beautiful deep, full and resonant Kamaka tone which sounds gorgeous. This lovely old ukulele comes in a period banjolele case with a red interior. £400.


KAMAKA SOPRANO UKULELE (c.1985). £400. SOLD


KANILE’A K-1 Tenor Ukulele (2011). SOLD


LA  FOLEY ‘DE LUXE’ Long-Scale Tenor Ukulele (c.1927). Rated as one of the top quality manufacturers in London during the 1920’s this is an extremely rare ‘De Luxe’ version of George La Foley’s tenor ukulele, and the only other known example of this model is owned and played (professionally) by Elias Sibley. Made of mahogany throughout with several professionally repaired cracks on the top and on the back but none around the side. No wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. Vintage Grover tuning pegs. Peghead and fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl designs. Cream ivoroid binding around the top and the bottom and an ivoroid heel-plate. Multiple ivoroid rings attractively inlaid around the soundhole with another around the inside edge. Original bridge with two inlaid mother-of-pearl dots. Label inside the body showing Serial No. 7251. This may well be a copy of the original label. The instrument has had a lot of repairs in the past and the original label may well have been irreparably damaged during repairs to the instrument and that someone (certainly not me - nor indeed the owner of this instrument) may have made a slightly smaller copy of the original and inserted the instrument's serial number in red biro. However, there is no doubt whatsoever about the authenticity of this instrument even though the label may be somewhat later. This is a very attractive and very rare tenor ukulele and it produces a lovely sound. It comes complete with a ‘CNB’ hard shaped case with padded interior. £375.


Long-Scale TENOR UKULELE (c.1930). This is a stunning vintage Tenor ukulele with a spruce top and beautiful rosewood back and sides. Guitar-style geared tuning pegs. Straight neck with no wear to the frets or to the fingerboard. No cracks or splits. Seventeen-fret ebony fingerboard that extends to the soundhole and inlaid with a variety of attractive mother-of-pearl shapes. Attractive clamshell-shaped four-pin ebonised bridge with brass saddle. Body bound top and bottom with cream ivoroid. Stunning multiple mother-of-pearl inlay work around the top edge of the body and around the soundhole. This instrument has no maker’s name or label, but apart from having a slightly wider waisted ‘Dreadnought’ style body and perhaps an even more attractive inlay pattern, it is identical (including the case) to the top-of-the-range De Vekey Style 4 tenor ukulele that was made for the Bournemouth musical instrument retailer Aladar de Vekey in about 1930. De Vekey’s top tenor ukuleles (the styles 3 & 4) were made in Saxony and then sent to The Hague where the mother-of-pearl inlays were added. This instrument came from the same source (compare with original ‘de Vekey’ Style 3 above). This vintage tenor ukulele comes complete with its original made-to-measure lockable hard shaped case with the original key and it is in almost mint condition for its age (the case is pretty good too). It is well-made, light to hold, easy to play, and it makes a gorgeous sound. £650.


NATIONAL ‘SILVER’ UKULELE Style 1 (c.1929). All-original, unbelievably rare and early National ukulele, and in fantastic original condition! From a private collector. Serial Number 185 (serial numbers started at 100 and went up to at least 405 in 1934). Original Grover tuning pegs. ‘NATIONAL TRADE MARK’ logo at the top of the peghead. Straight eighteen-fret neck with no wear to the frets and only the tiniest amount of wear to the fingerboard. Ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots and bound with ivoroid along all three edges. ‘PAT PEND’ stamped into the top of the body just below the end of the fingerboard. Original ‘end pin’ on bottom side of the body with ‘185’ stamped below it. Original single-cone amplification system (with what looks like the original cone still in place!). Shaped and ebonised maple bridge. The top of the body has five ‘kite-shaped’ cut-outs in a circle each covered with a mesh grille. Circular ‘cover plate’ held in place by the twelve original screws. The only real ‘blemish’ to this instrument is a very tiny dent in the back of the body, which is barely noticeable. Original ‘German’ nickel-silver plating in stunning condition for its age. Looks gorgeous and sounds terrific. Complete with modern padded case with shoulder strap and internal pocket. An absolutely amazing and incredibly rare piece of American musical instrument history! £5,000.


WILDCAT CONCERT UKULELE (2015). ***With my agreement, the current owner of this instrument is going to donate 100% of the sale price of this instrument to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, which is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe***. Wildcat instruments are made near me by a wonderful luthier whose standards are hard to beat. This concert ukulele was made after the luthier was told that it would be impossible to make a ukulele entirely out of pine. Always liking a challenge, he proved his friend wrong and this gorgeous instrument is the result. It has a straight neck with no wear to the wear to the frets or the fingerboard and no splits, cracks or repairs. It has a sixteen-fret neck with a radiused fingerboard inlaid with position dots. Wildcat label inside the body beneath the soundhole. Original gold-plated tuning pegs. This ukulele is built to the highest standards and it makes a really lovely sound. Comes complete with a brand new hard, shaped padded Stagg case, with an external pocket, and an internal pocket containing a shoulder strap for the case. Fantastic value at only £225.


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