Gibson, Mya-Moe: Ukulele Window Shopping

The more I hear of Mya-Moe resonator ukes, the more I’m dying to have one. Particularly the lap-steels. There’s this non-lap tenor up on eBay at the moment.

Another name that’s been gradually moving up my gimme-list is Gibson. This Gibson Uke 1 is beautiful. At the other end of the condition scale, this beaten up banjo uke is charming.

Pete Howlett dreadnought.

What on earth makes this Texas Centennial ukulele worth two and a half grand?

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  1. Jimmy April 9th, 2010 6:38 pm

    If you’re able to find a Pete Howlett cheap I’d buy it, they’re brilliant and an old tenor he put on youtube dirt cheap of his is now mine and it’s ace.

    I’ve got mixed feelings about lap steel ukes, I like the sound of a regular lap steel and it seems a funky idea but any time I’ve heard one I’ve been disappointed.

  2. byjimini April 9th, 2010 6:44 pm

    I’ve got an Ashbury resonator, but I still have concerns about the sound. I think it needs steel strings, so I’ll be investing soon, but once Ohana bring out that steel uke that Ken has been playing recently, I think I’ll trade it in.

  3. Lukey April 9th, 2010 7:16 pm

    That Texas Centennial ukulele is made from the wooden leg of Abraham Lincoln. If anything they’re under-valuing it.

  4. JCMcGee April 10th, 2010 12:10 pm

    That “1920’s” Gibson uke is “Interesting” in a kinda “Alarm bells” way?

    I’m no expert on them, but in the 1920’s I’m pretty sure that on the headstock it read “The Gibson” rather than just “Gibson”…also it seems rather cheap, though I did get a nice wee 1940’s Gretsch uke for $40 about 4 yrs ago on ebay because the seller couldn’t spell!!!!
    Ah, those were the days!

  5. JCMcGee April 10th, 2010 12:14 pm

    Here’s a 1929 Gibson uke:

    And look at this monster:

    I’m probably wrong, but something about that uke doesn’t seem right?

  6. Woodshed April 11th, 2010 2:19 pm

    Jimmy: Glad to hear you like the Howlett.

    byjimini: With a bit of luck, I’ll be giving on Ohana resonator a try out later today.

    Lukey: Makes sense.

    JCMcGee: Good spot. You’re absolutely right.

  7. Anne Knoll November 11th, 2012 5:17 am

    Have a 1920’s Gibson guitar in excellent condition. Any suggestions on how to sell it?

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