View Full Version : Dixie Banjo Uke?

05-06-2010, 09:00 AM
Anyone had any experience with these? I see one for sale locally... I read somewhere that they get bad press... but don't know what the bad press is. any input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks gang!~

05-06-2010, 09:25 AM
Is that a new one available now? I have several banjos, one being an old 1930's Harmony Banjo Uke which I love to play. I wouldn't replace it with a new one anyway..

05-06-2010, 09:28 AM
ops.. My bad.. There is a vintage "Dixie" banjo Uke, which personally, I don't like. I don't like the looks of it, but I have no experiance on it's sound. If I were you, and in the market for a vintage one, I would get what I have, "The Harmony", or the "Slingerland Maybell" Banjo Uke.. You can find the Maybells on Ebay fairly regularly, but go for between $100-$150. I have seen them as high as $200. The $100-$120 or so will get ya one that will need to be restored, or at least allot of cleanup, and maybe tuners. If I were to pay $150 on up, I would expect it be fairly playable. I replaced the old friction tuners on my Harmony with Gotoh geared tuners. lowered the action on the nut, and the bridge, polished the frets, and it plays very nice..

05-07-2010, 03:02 PM
I have no real experience with the Dixie banjo uke, but I have always thought they're cool. I used to watch them at auction on eBay, hoping I'd be able to grab one cheap. I probably watched 15 of them auctioned off in the last year.

Recently I saw one in person for the first time. What really surprized me was how small they are! All the photos I had seen on those eBay auctions failed to prepare me for reality....they're small!

Still, what's not to like about a uke you can play while sitting around the campfire late at night....and be able to use to club a coyote to death if the need arises....

08-06-2010, 06:13 AM
I have played the infamous Dixie. They're not the greatest banjo uke on the planet. I much agree with Tudorp's comment. Ebay has MayBells all the time for $100-$150 for open back 12 and 16 brackets and $150-$200 for 16 bracket resonator models. They're easy to work with; just clean and set up the way you like them and you're in business. Strangely, Dixies go for about the same amount.