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12-26-2014, 03:58 AM
My darling wife got me a Camp Uke for Christmas.

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I believe it is “Lyon Healy Camp Uke” from what I could find. They were made in the 30’s & 40’s. It has the number 7240 on the neck block so is probably a later one.

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It came without tuners (I had a couple sets already), two cracks by the sound hole and some separation on the back. I have made a uke before and have worked with hot hide glue so this isn’t that big of deal


I put some used strings on it and was pleased to find that the frets were fine. No buzzing at all. The action is a bit high up the neck. The strings are at 5mm at the 12th fret. Since I won’t be selling my wife’s gift I will probably shave down the bridge to get the strings down some.

It has plenty of “warts and all” which adds to its character. KVL decided to put a decal on the neck and Rob scratched his name on the back. It definitely sounds more like a banjolele that a standard uke. It should be lots of fun. I told my wife that I now need a canoe and a straw hat! Maybe next year.

If anyone can point me towards someone with more info on this uke, I would greatly appreciate it.

12-26-2014, 03:59 AM
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12-26-2014, 09:56 AM
Congratulations Vanflynn, what a little beauty! Some skilled tinkering and away you go!

12-26-2014, 11:12 AM
Now, that's different! First one I've ever seen (pics of). Congratulations!

Dan Uke
12-26-2014, 08:15 PM
cool. How did she know to get you that uke? Did you give her clues?

mm stan
12-27-2014, 03:36 AM
Congratulations wow awesome man you got a fab wife, have fun and happy strummings :)

12-27-2014, 04:34 AM
cool. How did she know to get you that uke? Did you give her clues?

Quite the opposite. I'm not really a fan of banjoleles or vintage ukes. I just got lucky in love.

I have to admit that the sound and history of these camp ukes is pretty neat.

12-27-2014, 05:44 AM
I would check with Jake Wildwood of Antebellum Instruments before you cut down the bridge...hes an expert on restoring these little beauties. He adds a 2nd rod to the neck to correct neck angle. Check out his blog.

12-27-2014, 06:16 AM
Will do. Thanks for the lead, Glenn