Ukulele Window Shopping: Gibson and Martin

After last week’s Tiny Tim heart attack ukulele, this week sees a bunch of ukuleles with rather more modest claims to fame. But they’re very nice ukes. And plenty of very nice, none famous, ukuleles too. I should get a job as a banker so I can be incompetent and walk away with millions because I need all of these:

Martin Tenor ukulele signed by Chris Martin. No, not that Chris Martin. Chris Martin as in C.F. Martin IV.
Gibson Tenor once owned by Harry Von Zell: Yes, THE Harry Von Zell.
Martin once owned by Al Hendrickson: Off of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.
– 1920s Gibson Style 3: Love the colour of it.
– 1920s Koa Taropatch: Restored by Jake Wildwood.
– 1930s Dobro
Tangi Violin Ukulele: Why did they stop making something that cool?
– Balalaika adapted to play like a ukulele.
– Photo of a guy playing the uke whilst hanging off a horse.

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  1. Matt March 21st, 2009 1:54 am

    Now, which ukulele group will be the first to take up the challenge…

  2. Woodshed March 21st, 2009 3:13 pm

    Matt: Bagsy not it.

  3. Tamster March 21st, 2009 8:21 pm

    I like that taropatch restored by Jake Wildwood and the song he plays with it, too!
    I love the look of those violin ukes. There is artwork of a woman playing one of those types of ukes on the cover of Roy Sakuma’s “Treasury of Ukulele Chords” book.

  4. Woodshed March 22nd, 2009 5:02 pm

    Tamster: Good spot. So it is.

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