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FOR SALE - BANJO UKES



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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. The ivoroid binding on the resonator has shrunk over the years (a common problem on Abbott’s from the 1970’s and 1980’s) and is going to be replaced. More details to follow. Photos available once the binding has been repaired.



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 to follow. Photos available once the binding has been repaired.



DAVE BARNES ‘ABBOTT MONARCH’ COPY Banjo Uke (2022). Fabulous Banjo Uke. This is an absolutely MINT example and completely unblemished. £2,200. SOLD














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.



DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL Banjo  Uke (c.1946). Fantastic original condition and complete with its original black hard shaped case with blue brushed cloth lining and an internal  pocket, inside which is its original tension key. £675. SOLD














DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL Banjo Uke (1938). With the serial number E/1093 this instrument is wonderful example of a rare original topof-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.







GIBSON UB-2 Banjo Uke (c.1927). Whoever buys this great vintage banjo uke will get a tremendous bargain. £895. 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. £595.






LUDWIG ‘STANDARD’ BANJO UKE (1929). A highly sought after and hard to find banjo uke made by the Ludwig company, who are widely  regarded as having made the best banjo ukes ever made. This Ludwig style was only made in 1929, the year in which the company went bust,  after which no more Ludwig instruments were ever made. ‘Pyralin Peghead’ model. All original and in magnificent condition complete with its original Geib & Schaefer hard shaped case and badge. £4,500. SOLD










MARKENDALE GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (c.1994). A lovely banjo uke in MINT original condition. £1,100. SOLD















MARKENDALE GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (c.1994). Gordon Markendale made some fine banjo ukes and this nice example was the prototype of his Gibson UB-2 style instrument. £700. SOLD














WINDSOR ‘WHIRLE’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). This is a fine and great sounding original example of one of the top of the range Windsor banjo ukes. This Windsor is an absolute bobby-dazzler. £795. SOLD














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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