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slimt
03-26-2011, 08:35 AM
Hello,, Hope you are all having a Good day....
Any one have any idea of how many Exist?

Thank you for your Time...

ukulelecowboy
03-26-2011, 08:38 AM
Not many. I can tell you that. It's considering by many to be the "holy grail" of vintage ukulele collecting.

slimt
03-26-2011, 09:44 AM
Thanks.... I have one here... Thats why I was asking, Thank you...... http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/hiboyj/DSCF9313.jpg


:)

Gmoney
03-26-2011, 09:46 AM
Thanks.... I have one here... Thats why I was asking, Thank you...... http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/hiboyj/DSCF9313.jpg


Abolutely beautiful!

RyanMFT
03-26-2011, 09:48 AM
Very Beautiful!

What is the story behind it? Do you know its history? How did you come to own it?

What a stunning uke!

slimt
03-26-2011, 09:56 AM
Hi. and thanks for the comments.... Im the second owner of this... I aquired this from the Family of the original Owner.. and Bought new in Canada... It has the made in the U.S.A stamp on the back of the peg head.. it has its Original case as well.. I know theres not much info on these.. thats why I was asking how many existed out there... This is the first Uke Ive owned.. so far , Ive seen three versions of this model..

Pippin
03-26-2011, 10:13 AM
Rufus Yells, who hangs out on Ukulele Cosmos is a big Gibson collector. Rufus would most likely know the answer to your question. Check out Cosmos and as "Uncle Rufus" about it.

RyanMFT
03-26-2011, 10:15 AM
I wonder if anyone has ever asked Gibson about production numbers on these? You might want to write to them and ask...... One pops up every once in a while, but not that often. I don't remember what the last on I saw on eBay go for, but I think it was quite a lot. Are you playing it?

slimt
03-26-2011, 10:19 AM
Hi... Thanks for the info.... It has to be strung up... but it will get played. Thats why I joined... to learn the ways of playing on these... :)

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 10:21 AM
those are no good for playing. It's got a flower on it. Send it to me, and I'll send you a new Uke that you can really get into playing.. hehheh..

Nice, what I would give to find one of those..

Gmoney
03-26-2011, 10:23 AM
Hi... Thanks for the info.... It has to be strung up... but it will get played. Thats why I joined... to learn the ways of playing on these... :)

Welcome to UU & just ignore the obvious looks of green jealously with which we gaze upon this bit of uke pr0n! :drool:

I'm sure that you will have a blast w/that uke & find a great family of fellow uke afflicted brethren. Here there be ukes!

Aloha!

Gmoney
03-26-2011, 10:26 AM
Thanks.... I have one here... Thats why I was asking, Thank you......

You might want to post pictures & details to "Uke Yak's" Chuck “Frets” Fayne here:

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/uke-yak/default.asp

Chuck will love to see the pictures and help you date it as well. And... if you ever tire of that gaudy uke, I'll be glad to take it off your hands! :)

slimt
03-26-2011, 10:28 AM
Heres some more pictures then... http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/hiboyj/DSCF9314.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/hiboyj/DSCF9315.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/hiboyj/DSCF9316.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/hiboyj/DSCF9317.jpg

Gmoney
03-26-2011, 10:31 AM
Heres some more pictures then...

You're killing us! Great shape overall, pretty well preserved.

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 10:32 AM
man, that is an awesome find. The few I have seen the color has faded allot. Those colors are still vibrant and pop. The ones I have seen, you can barely see the red in the flower at all.

If ya don't mind the asking, what did ya have to give up for that? You don't have to answer that, but I'm curious, as I am sure many are.

slimt
03-26-2011, 10:42 AM
I cant disclose the amount paid... But it was a fair price. I think..

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 11:03 AM
I cant disclose the amount paid... But it was a fair price. I think..

Fair nuff.. Ya got an awesome find, and an investment to boot.. good job...

mailman
03-26-2011, 11:35 AM
If it were mine I'm sure I would string it up, too. But I seriously doubt I would play it much. I wouldn't be able to stand the thought of damaging it! I would certainly advise that you learn as much as you can about the care of vintage ukes, particularly humidification. It would be a shame for that beauty to deteriorate....

pdxuke
03-26-2011, 11:36 AM
Were these out of the factory like this, I wonder? Or were they customed after purchase?

mm stan
03-26-2011, 11:44 AM
Aloha Slimt,
Looks like a 30's style 3....nice love the case too wow.....want to share how much you got it for???http://www.elderly.com/brand/180U_gibson.html
http://home.earthlink.net/~minermusic/chestnuts.htm
http://cgi.ebay.com/Gibson-style-3-Soprano-Ukulele-/160559222818

mailman
03-26-2011, 11:45 AM
This would be a great uke to take to the PBS show "Antiques Roadshow", to get a free, expert appraisal....

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 11:48 AM
Aloha Slimt,
Looks like a 30's style 3....nice love the case too wow.....want to share how much you got it for???http://www.elderly.com/brand/180U_gibson.html
http://home.earthlink.net/~minermusic/chestnuts.htm
http://cgi.ebay.com/Gibson-style-3-Soprano-Ukulele-/160559222818

Stan brudda. Those Poinsetta ukes are worth much more than the standard Style 3, due to the hand painting on them that they were sold with. very rare. Their collector value is in the 4 figures.

mm stan
03-26-2011, 12:03 PM
Aloha Bruddah Tudorp,
First time seeing one of these Poinsetta Gibsons...they must be really rare....wonder if this one is factory painted???if so, it must be worth a mint....Wow Wee..Yeah Bruddah, probally cannot afford one...

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 12:08 PM
from the pictures it seems to be original art. The very few I have seen, the colors weren't near that vibrant. I have seen a couple and the red and greens were almost faded to not even being there, but only the faint color. The gold outlines always seem to fair well enough tho. This one, the colors are in VERY good condition, so it must have been kept in the case most it's life, and taken very good care of. I have never seen one that vibrant. If it is a re-paint (which I dont think so, if it is they did an unbelieveable duplicating it), then that would devalue it some, but if it is, they really aged the colors well without fading them. It's a really nice Uke, one that I would be afraid to take out of the case, lol.. Rarer than many of the old Martins ya find every so often...

slimt
03-26-2011, 12:17 PM
Hi ... This was stored away in 1950 by the Mother.... there is a Old Toronto Star newspaper page from Dec of 1950 that the Uke was wrapped in, inside the case.... I bought it from the Son of the mother that bought it brand new.. The Son is Not a musician.. and seen no need to hang onto it.. as the money would benefit him more at this time.. Thats how I aquired it.. The sides as well are Flowered as well...

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 12:22 PM
Hi ... This was stored away in 1950 by the Mother.... there is a Old Toronto Star newspaper page from Dec of 1950 that the Uke was wrapped in, inside the case.... I bought it from the Son of the mother that bought it brand new.. The Son is Not a musician.. and seen no need to hang onto it.. as the money would benefit him more at this time.. Thats how I aquired it.. The sides as well are Flowered as well...

Wow.. Well, I am REALLY glad that the news paper didn't damage it after all those years. That was lucky, because the acid in old newsprint could have really damaged the finish, especially the paint. Man, personally I think your Gibby dodged a bullet on that one. (old paper, especially news print was very high in acididity, also why vintage paper is ussally turned yellow (the acid does that)).

But, cool ya got it now, to give it a more useable future. Take care of it, or the Vintage Uke police will get involved, hahhah...

slimt
03-26-2011, 12:32 PM
I folded up the newpaper page and put it in the pocket of the case... you are right though.. it could of caused alot of damage..

fhorndog
03-26-2011, 12:34 PM
i think I remember musicguymic having one.

Lori
03-26-2011, 12:57 PM
I think I saw a picture of one on the internet somewhere... I think they were special edition Christmas designs.

–Lori

RyanMFT
03-26-2011, 01:24 PM
Play and enjoy that beautiful ukulele. I have seen a couple of them on the web and one on eBay in the last year or so. They don't appear very often.

You may want to treat yourself to a new uke to have a blast on, and play this Gibson on special occasions as this is extremely rare and valuable.

By the way, WELCOME to UU, glad you are here with us!

shrink9
03-26-2011, 01:33 PM
Here's a thread to one that is beautiful for only $7500. Now, if I only had an extra $7500!!!!

http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/inventory/uke.html

slimt
03-26-2011, 01:34 PM
Hi RyanMFT, and Thanks for the Welcome and the comments... I plan on buying another Uke to learn to play.... I dabble with the guitar... so it would be a hoot to learn the Uke as well...

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 01:45 PM
BTW, with the drooling over the uke, I forgot to welcome you to the Uke world. Welcome to Ukes, and the forum..

If I can get a little personal (if too personal, again, you dont have to answer, (Im just the curious type)). You not being a seasoned Uker and just now getting into it, what drawn you to such a rare and expensive uke? Did you know what it was when you saw, and/or bought it? It's just ya don't see many new ukers considering a uke like this, or even know to look at one and give it a second thought? Did ya just happen across it? What brought you and it's path together?

I just like stories, especially ones that result in antiques, and rare finds..

slimt
03-26-2011, 02:26 PM
Hello Tudorp,, I dont mind answering this... Ive been a collector of Vintage Guitars for quite some time.eg: Harp Guitars, Gibsons, Martins and so on........ The Uke was advertised in the City where I live.. I looked at it for a while.. made many inquiries.. he did some home work as well.. an offer was made, he accepted.. Ive tripped accross stranger Items through the years.. eg; a Highly engraved Ludwig banjouke all Gold hardware.. Im not a Uke Player.. which will change.. I like oddities..

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 02:41 PM
Hello Tudorp,, I dont mind answering this... Ive been a collector of Vintage Guitars for quite some time.eg: Harp Guitars, Gibsons, Martins and so on........ The Uke was advertised in the City where I live.. I looked at it for a while.. made many inquiries.. he did some home work as well.. an offer was made, he accepted.. Ive tripped accross stranger Items through the years.. eg; a Highly engraved Ludwig banjouke all Gold hardware.. Im not a Uke Player.. which will change.. I like oddities..

Ahh.. Makes sense now.. lol.. I tend to lean torwards the odd myself. In fact, speaking of which, what ever happened to that show "Oddities", me and the wife use to love to watch that. It was only on for a couple months I think.. Haven't seen it since..

Pippin
03-26-2011, 03:35 PM
Yes, this is a factory paint-job. Gibson made this model in limited numbers, but I have seen several of these. The best is in a collection in the UK. They do fetch a lot of money when people are willing to sell them.

pdxuke
03-26-2011, 04:36 PM
Yes, this is a factory paint-job. Gibson made this model in limited numbers, but I have seen several of these. The best is in a collection in the UK. They do fetch a lot of money when people are willing to sell them.

well, I'm grateful to have seen this. I didn't know about them. Very, very cool.

bobtheuke
09-02-2012, 04:36 AM
well, I'm grateful to have seen this. I didn't know about them. Very, very cool.

Lovely uke....everyone i have ever seen has had a cream celluloid? fretboard with pretty abalone? inlays except for one other which i know to have hand painted coloured fret markers directly on the cream board......
yours seems to be a style 3 fretboard which has not been embellished which is really unusual....also are those green beads original or did the owner put them on....again never seen it before on a factory one and i have been researching poinsettias for many years.....its a real oddball.....can you confirm it is a factory instrument please

Also PIPPIN whos collection in UK are you rweferring to please?? J