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VixDee
02-23-2010, 11:32 AM
Aloha Everyone,

I'm looking for help with this vintage Kamaka. There are many unusual things about it, but the most unusual is the double label in the soundhole. There is a gold label and a white label glued on top of the gold one. Also, it appears to be a tenor size but with the sail style headstock. The bridge has come loose, but doesn't appear to be original. There is also no butt joint, it's just one solid piece all the way around the sides.

Anyone have any ideas as to the era of this Kamaka? I'm trying to get the story behind it from the owner, but I would appreciate your opinions.

Mahalo in advance!
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More pictures in next post!

VixDee
02-23-2010, 11:36 AM
1040310404104051040610407Here are the rest of the pictures!

Monkeyswithladders
02-23-2010, 11:52 AM
wow, I really do love the ukulele, but I never thought about dating one before!

dallas2ny
02-23-2010, 01:23 PM
wow, I really do love the ukulele, but I never thought about dating one before!

are you gonna tell it about your other ukes?

leftovermagic84
02-23-2010, 01:36 PM
have you considered dinner and a movie? Or maybe a nice walk in the park?

bongofury
02-23-2010, 01:39 PM
have you considered dinner and a movie? Or maybe a nice walk in the park?

Ah! Beat me to it!

DeG
02-23-2010, 04:22 PM
It's pretty similar to my tenor Kamaka. Sail head stock, bridge pins, friction tuners, the wood is a little darker though and mine is a gold label. The label switched from gold to white in 1969. Why would someone put a white label on top of a gold one? I have no idea. Maybe a factory second from around the time that the label design switched? Just a guess.

VixDee
02-23-2010, 05:35 PM
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, that white label on top of the gold one is interesting. I'd love to find out what that means.

Thanks again!

VixDee
02-24-2010, 06:54 PM
I'll probably shoot Kamaka an email about the double labels. Hope to find an answer.