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ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ DE-
ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ Banjo Uke (c.1974). Another rare and early example of a bottom-
BACON No.2A BANJO UKE (1926). ‘The Bacon Banjo Company Inc.’ was founded by Frederick J. Bacon in 1906 but the majority of his instruments were made by other companies until 1920 when his company moved to Groton, Connecticut. Here, at long last, he was able to produce his own instruments to the high standards that he wanted, and in 1922 he was joined by banjo designer David L. Day from the Vega company. Fred Bacon & David Day went on to produce a range of some of the finest banjos, mandolins and banjo ukes ever made, some of which continued to be named ‘Bacon’, whilst others were called ‘Bacon & Day’ or ‘B&D’. Best of the lot were their ‘Silver Bell’ range of instruments introduced in 1927. In about 1925 the Bacon company introduced their Style No.1 and Style No.2 banjo ukes which were made of mahogany and flame maple respectively, but whilst the Style No.1 sold for $27 the Style No.2 was a far superior instrument and sold for just over twice the price at $55. To put this into perspective, $55 was ten percent dearer than the top-
With the serial number 19855 stamped onto the perch-
BACON & DAY No.3A ‘SILVER BELL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). The rarest and one of the most desirable banjo ukes ever made, and this wonderful example was once part of the amazing and magnificent collection of Akira Tsumura in Japan. With a serial number of 20737 it dates to late 1926 or early 1927.
During the period of manufacture of this banjo uke (the late 1920s) most American musicians considered Bacon & Day to be the finest banjo maker of the time. They were based in Groton, Connecticut, and they produced a variety of banjos, mandolin-
The Bacon & Day Company was established in 1921 as a partnership between David Day (who had been plant manager of the Vega Banjo Company) and Fred Bacon. Prior to his association with Day, Bacon had banjos made for him by Vega, and by Rettburg & Lange. While these early Bacon-
The only change to the original specification of this instrument is that the neck has been lowered in order that the top of the fingerboard is level with the top of the ‘pot’ where the neck joins the body. Originally, these instruments had a short length of fingerboard that extended over the top of the ‘pot’, which gives a raised playing action ideal for playing with a plectrum. For most modern players and British players in particular, this is most undesirable because modern finger styles of playing music on a banjo uke (including the older ‘Formby’ style technique) become very difficult with a ‘high’ playing action. Therefore, most modern players prefer the arms on ‘Bacon’ and ‘Bacon & Day’ banjo ukes to be lowered. This modification has been properly carried out, and in my opinion it in no way detracts from the value of this instrument, indeed it may well enhance it by making it appeal to a wider market due to its suitability to modern styles of play. Many American banjo ukes (such as Ludwig’s and Gibson’s) have to be modified in a similar way in order to enhance their playability, and such modifications have been commonplace and have definitely enhanced their values.
This particular instrument was purchased from John Bernunzio, a long-
DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1941). This is a truly excellent example of these popular and well-
DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1944). Serial number D/1610. Other than the vellum, the bridge and the strings, this banjo uke appears to be in fabulous all-
DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1947). Serial Number D/1869. Green Case. £825. SOLD
DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (c.1942). This is a nice top-
DAVIDSON ‘GIBSON STYLE’ Banjo Uke (2014). Fabulous looking and great sounding banjo uke made by Phil Davidson -
JEDSON Banjo Uke (c.1928). This lovely little banjo uke was made in the USA by ‘Slingerland’ and was their No.20 ‘May-
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