Ukulele Estate Sale: eBay Window Shopping

The Hidden Lake Estate Sale looks like a mine of great vintage ukes including this William Eden custom tenor. But the real stroke of genius is that they’re offering a weekend getaway where you can try out all the instruments for yourself.

Oh crap, the Kala UBass has hit the UK.

This uke is advertised as a “1910’s Nunes Ukulele”. But I don’t remember ever seeing a fretboard like that on an instrument that old.

A shoebox full of fascinating ukulele photos knocking around this week:

– African American man with ukulele #1
– African American man with ukulele #2
– African American woman with ukulele.
– Farm girls
– Lynne Thorne ukulele pin-up.
– Teenage girl playing a ukulele.

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  1. Jon October 2nd, 2009 7:23 pm

    About the “1910 Nunes”, it might be that old. A friend was recently given a very old weissenborn that had been “maritinized” with a newer fretboard and bridge. The owner was an elderly woman, a retired professional musician. She claimed that she was given the ukulele as a child in the mid ’20’s. I wonder if someone in California wasn’t “improving” ukuleles with that modification.

  2. karl October 2nd, 2009 8:35 pm

    The African-American lady only has one tuning peg, and it’s stuck in backwards!

  3. Woodshed October 2nd, 2009 8:56 pm

    Jon: Could well be a case of that. The seller doesn’t mention any modifications, though.

    karl: It was the 30s, the Great Depression. I expect all our ukes will be like that before long.

  4. S.U.S October 3rd, 2009 8:27 am

    Yes Al, the fretted and fretless u-bass have arrived and I spend a lot of my time saying to customers “yes that bass really is coming out of that uke” . They really are incredible !

  5. Hello Jodi October 3rd, 2009 3:55 pm

    What a clever pinup pose! Why didn’t I think of that?

  6. Woodshed October 4th, 2009 12:18 pm

    S.U.S.: I may well be in touch with you about the Ubass. What amp do you recommend with it?

    Jodi: It certainly gave me a few ideas too.

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