View Full Version : c.1940 Johnny Marvin "Tenor" Uke

Jake Wildwood
07-22-2011, 09:16 AM
Here's a link to my blog post with the full photos/etc... click here. (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2011/07/c1940-johnny-marvin-tenor-ukulele.html)

At any rate, this is a uke I picked up from Fran of the VT Uke Society in a trade. It's a nice concert dealie, all solid mahogany, rosewood board, etc. My work on it included a bridge reglue, fret dress, pickup install, side-dots and replacement fret dots, etc. -- all addressed in the blog post link above.

I've set this one aside as a gigging and recording instrument (hence the pickup). Good strident tone means it'll be heard for solos and band work and the sunburst finish matches my Regal-made dreadnought Hawaiian guitar from the '30s.

As can be expected, I'm quite pleased with it!






07-22-2011, 09:59 AM
That's a real beauty...!!!

mm stan
07-22-2011, 11:40 AM
Aloha Jake,
Nice score..wow was that from Fran..holy smokes..awesome..MM Stan

Jake Wildwood
07-23-2011, 06:42 AM
Stan: Yup, she picked up a screaming banjo uke and some $$ from me for it. I'd been toying with the idea of getting one of these fellas for a while anyhow, after working on a couple for some customers. Played this one for the first time in a jam today... kept pace quite well. :)

07-23-2011, 12:55 PM
Love these Johnny Marvin's!
They are so cool looking and have a nice mellow tone.
Here's mine26003

07-23-2011, 01:10 PM
I really love that sunburst finish. Very nice uke! You should post a video playing it :)

07-23-2011, 03:20 PM
Nice uke! Congrats!