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whistleman123
11-17-2015, 10:58 AM
I read a lot on line about vintage Martin ukes. Why is there so little about vintage Gibson ukes? Just wondering.

Vintageukes
11-17-2015, 11:41 AM
It's a good question. First, I think Gibson made far fewer ukuleles as compared to Martin, and Gibson got into the ukulele market late as compared to Martin.

Not nearly as many people have vintage Gibson ukuleles and since early on in the ukulele world, Martin has sat atop the heap as far as making high end ukuleles. However, others produced ukuleles just as fine as Martin, such as Rutan and of course...Gibson. I love my Gibson ukulele and it is every bit as fine as my Martin.

river_driver
11-17-2015, 02:02 PM
It's a good question. First, I think Gibson made far fewer ukuleles as compared to Martin, and Gibson got into the ukulele market late as compared to Martin.
And Martin stayed in the uke market a lot later than Gibson. Martin produced ukes for several decades (and then got right back into it after a brief hiatus). Gibson only built ukes for a couple decades, I think.

(In a parallel universe, Whistleman's doppelganger is on a mandolin forum asking why there's so much info about old Gibson mandolins, and so little about Martins!)

Eyeguy
11-17-2015, 02:36 PM
My Gibson tenor uke is my favorite uke, and I have a number of very nice late model ukes. I have also owned two beautiful vintage Martin tenor ukes and they did not hold a candle to this little gem. Count me as a huge fan. Someday I will pick up a Gibson baritone as well as I hear they are also stellar.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b42/iguy/DSC_0017-1.jpg (http://s16.photobucket.com/user/iguy/media/DSC_0017-1.jpg.html)

UkieOkie
11-17-2015, 03:18 PM
How do the prices compare to Martins?

jwieties
11-18-2015, 09:38 AM
Here's a thread on one I picked up a year ago. It's a cool uke!
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?103391-Vintage-Gibson-NUD

Tigershark
11-18-2015, 07:24 PM
Gibson made some cool ukuleles and of course some very special banjo ukes. They never did use any koa. Lots of fun to play and keep an eye out for the tenors they made during the 1920's & 30's. Those are tough to find and some of their best.

Here's an extra fancy Florentine model (pickguard and endping jack are later additions) from about 1930.

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coolkayaker1
11-18-2015, 10:52 PM
"The Gibson" logo headstock ukes are exceptional as collectibles and as players.

"Gibson" logo headstock sopranos (1950s) are not my cup of tea because they are more cheaply made and, quite literally, smaller in body size than prior Gibbys and all Martins. Why, Gibson, why? (note: tenors are normal size and great ukes).

A fun Gibby vid with Honey, Bosko, and Rufus Yells. Great viewing and information.

P.S. If anyone is interested in buying a top-of-the-food-chain, 1920s Style 3 Gibson, I have more than my share and will part with one--mama needs a new pair of binoculars. Lol. Quite rare, Gibby 3s as Mr. Yells shows in the video. Just PM me.

http://youtu.be/WQRz4M0E-gY

Eyeguy
11-19-2015, 01:36 AM
Tigershark,

Is that your Gibson uke in the photo?

Tigershark
11-19-2015, 02:16 PM
Not mine, it was sold on ebay today for $4150 by a Japanese seller.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301796748355

The pickguard was added and so was the pickup jack drilled into the endblock. Modern tuners as well. Very strage changes for such a rare & fancy old uke.

Freeda
11-19-2015, 04:18 PM
I'd love one, as I am from Kalamazoo, and my family has ties to the Gibson family. But they are spendy.

SailingUke
11-19-2015, 06:36 PM
I love my Gibsons. A tenor, soprano, and a banjo uke (ub2) all from 1926 as best as can be documented.

strumsilly
11-21-2015, 07:26 AM
I'd love one, as I am from Kalamazoo, and my family has ties to the Gibson family. But they are spendy.
How about this one. $40085612

whistleman123
11-21-2015, 07:35 AM
How about this one. $40085612
What model is that?

Freeda
11-21-2015, 08:15 AM
How about this one. $40085612

All things in time.

strumsilly
11-21-2015, 02:20 PM
What model is that?style 2..........................