View Full Version : The little uke gem I found on ebay

04-29-2013, 12:00 PM
I bought this unusual uke in an ebay auction that didn't attract too much attention. The seller buys vintage ukes, refurbishes them, and then does abalone and MOP headstock inlays. The one on my uke is derived from auana hula dancers, and I think she's adorable. I bought it for $103.

The uke is mahogany with some marks of use. It's a Kay, probably from the 1960s. Its design is plain, but now that it's got such a pretty headstock, the plainness is a plus. I put Worth brown medium strings on it, and it's a good, boomy sound, though not special or particularly resonant. What's special is this wonderful artwork that really captures attention. It's a beater uke with terrific style!


04-29-2013, 12:04 PM
That's pretty cool looking. I like it.

04-29-2013, 12:24 PM
Well done, Ginny.

I behaved myself and read your description before scrolling down to the pics. I was skeptical about how the inlay would look, but wow, it's classy! Looks like it should have always been there.

Good score.

mm stan
04-29-2013, 12:50 PM
Greeat Score Ginny...
wow wow wow wow wow happy strummings....
A vintage Kay sells for more than that....

04-29-2013, 01:31 PM
Nice score. Happy NUD!

Uke Republic
04-29-2013, 02:06 PM
One of a kind which is awesome! Great find there Ginny!

04-29-2013, 02:13 PM
Very nice. Any hints to the seller, or are,you keeping it secret? ;)


04-29-2013, 02:18 PM
Nice score....congrats..........

04-29-2013, 03:24 PM
Congrats on the new uke. Nice inlay.

04-29-2013, 03:31 PM
Congrats on the new uke. Nice inlay.

It is guZi65, great guy from TN.

04-29-2013, 05:20 PM
Very cool....well done! It looks very traditional...I wonder who built it???

04-30-2013, 12:12 AM
It's beautiful - I'm jealous! Congrats Ginny for finding such a lovely little uke!

04-30-2013, 02:39 AM
Very cool....well done! It looks very traditional...I wonder who built it???

It was advertised as a Kay brand, Nickie, built back when soprano ukes all looked pretty traditional. Harmony has the same shape.

04-30-2013, 04:42 AM
Congratulations on your new ukulele! That inlay is very cool!

04-30-2013, 05:45 AM
Awesome score. Enjoy

04-30-2013, 06:46 AM
Nice find. It's very pretty!