6/08/2014

c.1930 Slingerland-made/sold 7" Banjo Ukulele




I've worked on so many variations of this uke... including this guy, this guy, and this guy. This particular uke is of the plainest type though it is well-built with a 7" rim, birdseye maple veneer over a multi-ply maple rim, and good sturdy hard maple neck. When the natural finish ages to a nice sunny yellow-orange like this they look great, too -- and this one even has a bit of curl/flame in the neck to add some depth.

Work included a fret level/dress, new bridge, and setup. It plays super and has that dry, plucky old-time tone down to a T. The slightly-longer 14" scale and bridge located near the outer edge of the rim gives this a bit more bite than the 13" scale versions of these, too, though the non-tonering rim mellows that out considerably. It's "clear toned" and if you're at all into doing chuck-chords behind string-band stuff... this will do it.



The original skin head has survived nicely though it does have a few stains.


I added  a washer to the rear of each tuner sandwiched between the tuner button and headstock to ease turning. Do you also see the cool wavy flame/curl in the neck?


Pearl dots...


The new bridge is an plain maple affair cut down from something in my parts bin.


Who doesn't like a simple, plain look?





All the original hardware is there and looking good.




This single neck brace shim in the style used on old 1880s Buckbees... this is pure delight for me. It's so simple and it works so well. You just hammer it in to keep the neck tight to the pot.


The tailpiece will take loop, ball, or knotted strings.



And how about Marian Stanley's slightly-dilapidated case?

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