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ChrisRCovington
09-20-2012, 04:43 PM
Hello all,

I have nothing to do with this sale other than I thought it was cool. There is a Gibson Poinsettia on ebay right now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Spectacular-1930s-GIBSON-Poinsettia-Uke-Ukulele-RARE-/280969467915?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416b15d80b
Nice looking rare ukulele.

Freeda
09-20-2012, 05:23 PM
Wow. Pricey.

ChrisRCovington
09-20-2012, 05:34 PM
Yeah it is. They are one of the holy grail collector ukuleles up there with the Matrin 5K.

RyanMFT
09-20-2012, 05:45 PM
This exact ukulele was discussed here sometime back... http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?44438-Gibson-Poinsettia-Ukulele-questions&highlight=Gibson+Poinsettia

ukulelecowboy
09-21-2012, 01:15 AM
As I recall, there was a substantial and controversial discussion about this exact instrument on the Flea market music board as well.

sillymonky
09-21-2012, 03:54 AM
Just saw another one here. Similar price: http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/details/6110.html

Gmoney
09-21-2012, 04:08 AM
Just saw another one here. Similar price: http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/details/6110.html

I like the "mother-of-toilet-seat" fretboard on this one - screams kitsch & classic at the same time!

pootsie
09-21-2012, 04:29 AM
I know I'm pretty new to the world of the ukulele ... but I don't get it. Maybe it's just a matter of taste.

ChrisRCovington
09-21-2012, 05:53 AM
I know I'm pretty new to the world of the ukulele ... but I don't get it. Maybe it's just a matter of taste.

It is a matter of taste. Clearly you have GOOD taste which is why you find this ukulele ummm... well you know... ugly (I'm assuming that's what you're thinking anyway). To be honest I agree 100%. However that does not make it any less valuable lol.

pootsie
09-21-2012, 06:17 AM
It is a matter of taste. Clearly you have GOOD taste which is why you find this ukulele ummm... well you know... ugly (I'm assuming that's what you're thinking anyway). To be honest I agree 100%. However that does not make it any less valuable lol.

Yeah, that about sums it up. Why ruin a good uke with that stuff? Now, a nice inlay is a different matter. If I had the dough and could get one fading paint job or two fresh, new Moore Bettah's? No-brainer.

Also, LOL @ "mother-of-toilet-seat" from GMoney

sillymonky
09-21-2012, 03:08 PM
Does any one know what was the point of these ukes? Like, are they lower quality, but they came out around xmas for people to buy as presents? I guess that would make some sense - the 1930s version of the gift to get the guy/gal who has everything?

Or...were they serious??? :confused:

ChrisRCovington
09-21-2012, 05:04 PM
They are based on the Gibson style 3 ukulele but just blinged up. Gibson made very nice ukuleles on par with Martin. They were willing to make very gaudy instruments as can be seen by some of their mandolins: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?87879-Binding-the-peghead-How-hard-is-it-to-use-wood-binding
I guess it takes all kinds?

pakhan
09-21-2012, 05:18 PM
Poinseittas are a high end Gibson uke which had handpainted graphics on them. I think they look quite nice, and would blend in perfectly if I was wearing a Hawaiian-themed shirt. But then I'd look like I was just strumming away on my paunch. Hmmm :P

ChrisRCovington
11-01-2012, 06:44 AM
Well there is another one up for sale on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1929-1930-GIBSON-POINSETTIA-SOPRANO-UKULELE-RAREST-ULTIMATE-COLLECTORS-PIECE-/160913789339?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Sting_Instr uments&hash=item257735919b

I think this shows the variation Gibson used when making these. Instead of that rainbow colored inlay on the fingerboard this one has hand painted poinsettias for fret markers. These things remind me of old tacky Christmas ornaments from the 50's and 60's. Maybe if someone buys it they can hang it in a silver Christmas tree? :)

Also speaking of that rainbow inlay found on some of these: 44836 What is that stuff? Mother of what the fudge? ("Only I didn't say 'fudge.' I said the word. The big one. The queen mother of dirty words. The 'f, dash, dash, dash' word." 44837)