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MGM
12-15-2010, 04:09 PM
This just stumbled into my shop. I have never ever seen anything like it made by this ukulele maker. Its probably the only one he ever made like it Guess who? Built probably 1915-16..

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/076-1.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/077-3.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/078-4.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/079-2.jpg

mm stan
12-15-2010, 04:57 PM
Kamaka??

Headstock...

janeray1940
12-15-2010, 05:30 PM
Kamaka??

Headstock...

I was thinking the same thing.

MGM
12-15-2010, 05:33 PM
wow i bet you guessed cause i said famous maker Yes it is a one and only Kamaka ever seen like this. This is probably one of the rarest kamaka you will ever see...no other made like it I will post pictures of the labels on butt, inside and headstock tomorrow when back in office. had steel strings

pepamahina
12-15-2010, 05:34 PM
Ummmm, isn't that a Mandolin?????

Chris Tarman
12-15-2010, 06:23 PM
Ummmm, isn't that a Mandolin?????

He never actually said it was an ukulele. Just that it was made by an ukulele maker!

experimentjon
12-15-2010, 08:43 PM
Very cool. I wonder how you go about determining the authenticity of one of these things...

mm stan
12-15-2010, 09:03 PM
Aloha Mike,
Actually by the headstock.....part of it looks like my six string headstock...was looking at the bridge too... MM Stan......Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!!!

Teek
12-15-2010, 11:26 PM
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! Merry Christmas :D

Skitzic
12-16-2010, 02:45 AM
Wow...just wow. That's going to look real nice all cleaned up.

lindydanny
12-16-2010, 04:09 AM
It looks more like a mandolin than a 8 string uke. Still, an awesome find.

chiefnoda
12-16-2010, 06:16 AM
An intresting tidbid

IN old days (pre-1920's), the tuners had a knob (the thing you grab and turn) closer to the fingerboard than the tuning post (the thingy that a string is wrapped). The picture clearly shows that.

Somehow, someone said "we can move the knob to the other side (away from the fingerboard), and then you get more room for your fretting hand" so almost instantly, the tuner configuration changed. Take a look at your ukuleles.......

It's an easy way to check the date of manufacturer, not definitive but quick.

Cheers
Chief
PS: So this was made by Samual Kamaka, Sr? Before Fred and Sam, Jr? Way too cool.

MGM
12-16-2010, 10:28 AM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/080-2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/081-2.jpg

MGM
12-16-2010, 03:30 PM
This was one of the best things about this rarity Finding this label on the headstock edge Never seen this one before

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/002-7.jpg

Pippin
12-16-2010, 03:52 PM
Mike, What a great find! Bet this one gets a place of honor in your personal collection.

MGM
12-16-2010, 04:32 PM
It Aint't Mine........yet LOL brought in for insurance appraisal

bt93
12-16-2010, 04:55 PM
It Aint't Mine........yet LOL brought in for insurance appraisal

What is it appraised at?

MGM
12-16-2010, 05:16 PM
Appraisals for customers are private info.

Dane
12-16-2010, 09:56 PM
Those labels are awesome, especially the one inside, the edge decay and stain is beautiful