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drbekken
11-17-2011, 08:00 AM
http://youtu.be/DINvJdx53F0

Yeah, you saw the question...? Is this a baritone, in that case I'm gonna get me one!

southcoastukes
11-17-2011, 08:13 AM
Cliff did a lot of his solo work (that's from the Jazzology label here in New Orleans), on a Concert. In the first years for those instruments, some were sold as "Tenor"s.

The trick to that mellow sound is that he's in B flat tuning, and with gut strings, of course.

drbekken
11-17-2011, 09:41 AM
Thank you, Dirk! I knew about the gut strings, but wasn't aware of the Bb tuning. Those recordings by Edwards from the 40s, are some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Kudos to the Jazzology people for making them available.

Pippin
11-17-2011, 10:01 AM
The image looks like a Martin No.2 soprano. Check out the binding and the short-scale neck.

SailingUke
11-17-2011, 10:12 AM
I love the cigarette wedged in the strings, nice touch.

southcoastukes
11-17-2011, 10:47 AM
The image looks like a Martin No.2 soprano. Check out the binding and the short-scale neck.

You're likely right on the uke in the photo, Pip. But that's just an old publicity shot, not what's being played in the song.

Ukuleleblues
11-19-2011, 12:36 PM
That's his favorite uke "hackin George". He died an untimely death of headstock cancer, he was a three pack a day Lucky Strike smoker. No one knew back the they wuz bad for you , what a shame. :(