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Jake Wildwood
06-12-2013, 12:44 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)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0D3Km1zr8tA/UbjlYDBRFAI/AAAAAAAAlUA/M4Jdh_YSvxk/s1600/bigrim-1.jpg

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)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OAEQT7exqEw/UbjgLz71p0I/AAAAAAAAlQk/cw5UcBIkSGk/s1600/caliup-1.jpg

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)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-51tP3YACyVM/UbjiJl4VFDI/AAAAAAAAlSc/cFCyETT3iYk/s1600/picku-1.jpg

igorthebarbarian
06-12-2013, 08:06 PM
That first frankenstein banjo-uke with an 11" head looks awesome. Too bad I'm broke!
-Tom

Liam Ryan
06-12-2013, 09:54 PM
I like. :cool:

Jake Wildwood
06-13-2013, 06:47 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.

fernandogardinali
06-13-2013, 08:03 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!

teruterubouzu
06-13-2013, 09:00 AM
I especially love that California-style uke. Very nice work.

Jake Wildwood
06-13-2013, 01:35 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

fernandogardinali
06-13-2013, 05:09 PM
Sorry! I didn't read the statement in the beginning. How does it sound with the Aquila reds?

Jake Wildwood
06-13-2013, 06:30 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.