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Frets
03-06-2013, 04:14 PM
I'm considering the purchase of a 1924 Gibson UB in very good shape. Is the 9 inch head a disadvantage? I can get it for $600. Any input is welcome. Thanks, Frets in Belfast, Maine USA

dhoenisch
03-07-2013, 03:20 AM
I have no experience with Gibson banjo ukes, but I am a banjo player. I would think, and have heard with my own ears, that the larger the skin surface, the less plunky and more banjo-like the sound is going to be. Having a 9" head, is that a tenor banjo uke? I've only ever seen their 6" head sopranos.

Dan

Frets
03-07-2013, 12:43 PM
I have no experience with Gibson banjo ukes, but I am a banjo player. I would think, and have heard with my own ears, that the larger the skin surface, the less plunky and more banjo-like the sound is going to be. Having a 9" head, is that a tenor banjo uke? I've only ever seen their 6" head sopranos.

Dan

It's the first attempt Gibson tried for the Banjo Uke. It's a shorter scale than a tenor, I think. After the UB they brought in a 6" and then an 8".

Bland Mango Patterson
03-07-2013, 01:36 PM
John Bianchi seems to know a lot about that stuff. I would not get one with a nine inch pot if its for a uke ... but then I wouldnt play a wooden uke over concert size either. the one you are talking about i believe is the trap door model and has a fret board that extends over the skin ... it is a uke neck/scale. still. i would hold out for ub1 or ub2 at least.

hmgberg
03-07-2013, 03:40 PM
Hi Frets:

Is it a trap door model?

Howard

Frets
03-07-2013, 04:26 PM
Hi Frets:

Is it a trap door model?

Howard

Yes, it's a trap door in very good shape. I'm thinking of passing on it because the head is too big. does that make sense?

hmgberg
03-08-2013, 09:03 AM
It does make sense. You might be able to find a UB-2 for around that price. A UB-1 would be even less. From what I understand, the latter models are preferred.

H

Bland Mango Patterson
03-08-2013, 09:20 AM
I have a UB1 and the sound is incredibly brilliant but it is a very small instrument.

Frets
03-08-2013, 11:02 AM
Thanks everyone for the responses. I've decided to get it 9inch head notwithstanding!

hmgberg
03-08-2013, 01:50 PM
Well... Congratulations!! Enjoy!

Bland Mango Patterson
03-08-2013, 02:50 PM
please post a vid. for a sound sample when it arrives as id love to hear it!

Frets
03-18-2013, 01:54 AM
I now have it and I love it! The first thing I did was restring from steel to Worth. Here's a video of the saga...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88bD2WSfbEo

-Frets