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RonS
02-28-2010, 03:04 AM
On a spur of the moment the wife and I decide to stop to grab a slice of pizza while we where out on a drive. I noticed this in a window of a old hardware store.

Sorry about the poor photos, All I had was my cell phone to take the pictures.

The logo stamped on the back has three Ss

Neck is curly maple and the resonator is birdseye maple (only a few eyes)

The nut is missing and the bridge doesn't look origina and of course the cotton stings will have to go. Other than that, it looks in good condition.

Any idea what I should offer them for it?



http://www.simplyturning.com/uke/BanjoUke1.jpg
http://www.simplyturning.com/uke/BanjoUke2.jpg
http://www.simplyturning.com/uke/BanjoUke3.jpg

Timbuck
02-28-2010, 03:21 AM
I think it's a 1920 ish Slingerland S.S. Stewart...good quality BU with 16 tensioners...They sell for about 150 in the UK.

Matt Clara
02-28-2010, 03:23 AM
I can't answer your question, but, that's a sweet find.

Skrik
02-28-2010, 03:50 AM
I'd send it back -- that intonation even looks wrong. :rofl:

Just kidding. Looks great with the closed back.

RonS
02-28-2010, 04:52 AM
I think it's a 1920 ish Slingerland S.S. Stewart...good quality BU with 16 tensioners...They sell for about 150 in the UK.

Thanks

I thought the same thing but the headstock on all the Slingerlands I found are different

http://www.musurgia.com/images/4178_ukulele/large/4178_01.jpg

Timbuck
02-28-2010, 05:03 AM
I read somewhere that Martin made Bu's for SS Stewart at one time and the headstock looks like there style.

aaronckeim
02-28-2010, 02:18 PM
This is a nice quality chicago made banjo uke from the 1930's. it has a larger head, a nice tailpiece and more hooks and nuts than the cheap ones. They were sold with little modifications under many names including: Afton, Wizard, Slingerland, Maybell and Princess. They were probably made by the slingerland drum and banjo company. I have never heard that Martin made banjo ukes.

RonS
03-01-2010, 04:01 AM
I did find a lot of references that S.S. Stewart had Martin make banjo-ukes from 1922-1925(6). The head and neck shape does match Martin's style.

Thanks everybody

curlykoa
03-02-2010, 07:49 PM
http://www.notecannons.com/

Just received this link in a uke newsletter I recently subscribed to. It takes you to a prett cool website collection of resophonic instruments including banjo ukes. My uncle gave me one many years, and many MOVES ago. I wonder what I did with it. Don't remember, but I wish I had managed to hold onto it.

RonS
03-03-2010, 02:57 AM
Thanks for the link

Matt Clara
03-03-2010, 03:56 AM
I did find a lot of references that S.S. Stewart had Martin make banjo-ukes from 1922-1925(6). The head and neck shape does match Martin's style.

Thanks everybody

Did you offer them a couple twenties for it yet, or what?

RonS
03-03-2010, 11:39 AM
I went up to $250 and she wouldn't take it. :(

I'll go back in a month and see if its still there and try again :iwant: