View Full Version : 3 more fun 20s/30s restos: 2 banjo ukes, 1 soprano

Jake Wildwood
06-12-2013, 01:44 PM
So, first up here's a "composite" banjo uke I built from a 20s Harmony neck mated to a 20s Oscar Schmidt 11" rim. The rest of the parent instruments weren't useful as they'd been badly damaged.

This makes it one of the larger-headed banjo ukes I've seen and it sounds darn cool in a low-G tuning.

Click here for the full blog post on this guy: (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/06/c1920-harmonyoscar-schmidt-frankenstein.html)


Next, a cute Harmony-made "California" style banjo uke with a canoe scene decal -- click here for the blog post on this one: (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/06/c1920-harmony-made-canoe-scene-banjo.html)


And finally, a curious all-birch thinline uke from (probably) the 30s, with SS Stewart badging. Click here for the post on this one: (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/06/c1930-ss-stewart-firestripe-soprano.html)


06-12-2013, 09:06 PM
That first frankenstein banjo-uke with an 11" head looks awesome. Too bad I'm broke!

Liam Ryan
06-12-2013, 10:54 PM
I like. :cool:

Jake Wildwood
06-13-2013, 07:47 AM
Thanks guys -- the big banjo uke is really cool -- I haven't decided whether to part with it or not. Totally different from the smaller-rim guys.

06-13-2013, 09:03 AM
Hello Jake,

I really like your work. I wanted to put a resophonic cone on a california style uke I've got like you did, but gave up for the moment.

I think the first banjo is a melody banjo, isn't it?

That Regal is SO cool with that pickguard!

06-13-2013, 10:00 AM
I especially love that California-style uke. Very nice work.

Jake Wildwood
06-13-2013, 02:35 PM
Melody banjo, no, since the neck isn't built for steel and is specifically a borrowed uke neck. Melody banjos, it's true, were 4 string short-scale banjos (typically tuned GDAE with steel like a mandolin) and had big pots, but in a classic "what do we classify this as" -- I start with the neck, which in this case is built for gut/nylon. It's a Frankenstein instrument so in this sense, I'd call it a big-pot banjo uke. :D

06-13-2013, 06:09 PM
Sorry! I didn't read the statement in the beginning. How does it sound with the Aquila reds?

Jake Wildwood
06-13-2013, 07:30 PM
Hey, no need to say sorry. It's like potato and potato... :D At least we're not discussing what's the proper terminology of mandolin-family instruments. That gets pretty crazy over the pond!

The Aquila reds sound, well, super friggin good on it. I'm loving those things, though they take a few days to become pitch-stable enough to enjoy playing.