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coolkayaker1
07-07-2014, 11:32 PM
How much of a premium would you pay for Dylan's mojo?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1920s-Gibson-Model-2-Ukulele-From-Bob-Dylans-Shangri-La-Studio-Home-/321453426061?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ad81e058d

Please note that the shipping is, generously, free.

coolkayaker1
07-07-2014, 11:48 PM
For anyone whose budget does not permit a Dylan uke, i own a circa 1911 Regal uke that my mother's great great cousin once-removed, Midge McGillicuddy, bought directly from President Howard Taft. I have no guaranteed proof that Taft owned it, but I do have a letter, dated 1915, from Midge's daughter stating that Midge was extremely honest.

I'm certain it was Taft's instrument: it's still, to this day, sort of grubby. The fretboard is sticky and there are divots on the first three frets. This is startlingly consistent with the historical facts that President Taft had a grip like an adult baboon, never progressed past basic first-position chording (hence, eventually selling the uke to Midge), and loved genuine bee's honey, a daily staple on his breakfast plate with Texas toast and a half dozen poached eggs.

Add to these facts that The White House ledger shows he took ukulele lessons every morning, at precisely 9AM, for six months, and it becomes a slam dunk that this was Taft's instrument. It has all the aged patina that one would expect of a vintage 1911 ukulele once owned by America's largest and most clumsy leader.

Now that I've verified it's authenticity beyond any doubt (which is more than I can say for Dylan's uke), I'll part with this beauty--since it's an off-eBay sale, I'll give the buyer the entire saved fee--for only $10k. To think of it, it's missing one wooden tuner, so I'll knock off a thou; that makes it a nice even $9k. And I'll throw in free shipping globally (for this one auction, yes, I'll even ship it to Antarctica).

Sorry, no case; Taft kept that to smuggle saltwater taffy out of The White House butlers' pantry at midnight.

68649
Here's a photo of Taft purportedly handing over the ukulele to Midge (although from the look on his face, I'll admit: it appears more likely he's handing over his uke case full of confectionery contraband to Mrs. Taft)

Pukulele Pete
07-08-2014, 12:23 AM
Sounds like Your Nunes has a better provenance than Bob's Gibson. Hey , your uke just turned into a Regal. Now that's an interesting ukulele.

stevepetergal
07-08-2014, 01:24 AM
Photos? (foot tapping)

coolkayaker1
07-08-2014, 01:26 AM
Is it the regal with the pre-1916 world fair wooden headstock?
If you want it to be, Bill, then it certainly is.:)

I'm working on the photos, Steve. I took a great set and then realized that I plum forgot the piece of paper with my UU name. Doh! Hope it doesn't sell before I get to re-shoot them. ;)

Cornfield
07-08-2014, 01:51 AM
For anyone whose budget does not permit a Dylan uke, i own a circa 1911 Regal uke that my mother's great great cousin once-removed, Midge McGillicuddy, bought directly from President Howard Taft. I have no direct proof that Taft owned it, but I do have a letter, dated 1915, from Midge's daughter stating that Midge was extremely honest.

I'm certain it was Taft's instrument: it's still, to this day, sort of grubby. The fretboard is sticky and there are divots on the first three frets. This is startlingly consistent with the historical facts that President Taft had a grip like an adult baboon, never progressed past basic first-position chording (hence, eventually selling the uke to Midge), and loved genuine bee's honey, a daily staple on his breakfast plate with Texas toast and a half dozen poached eggs.

Add to these facts that The White House ledger shows he took ukulele lessons daily, at precisely 9AM, for six months, and it becomes a slam dunk that this was Taft's instrument. It has all the aged patina that one would expect of a vintage 1911 ukulele once owned by America's largest and most clumsy leader.

Now that I've verified it's authenticity beyond any doubt (which is more than I can say for Dylan's uke), I'll part with this beauty--since it's an off-eBay sale, I'll give the buyer the entire saved fee--for only $10k. To think of it, it's missing one wooden tuner, so I'll knock off a thou; that makes it a nice even $9k. And I'll throw in free shipping globally (for this one auction, yes, I'll even ship it to Antarctica).

Sorry, no case; Taft kept that to smuggle saltwater taffy out of The White House butlers' pantry at midnight.

68649
Here's a photo of Taft purportedly handing over the ukulele to Midge (although from the look on his face, I'll admit: it appears more likely he's handing over his uke case full of confectionery contraband to Mrs. Taft)



Where is the sound sample?

ukeeku
07-08-2014, 01:58 AM
Well, I mean, the person who they bought it from says its from Bob Dylan's studio.....
What a load of Horse pucky. Not signed, No documentation, No proof.

river_driver
07-08-2014, 02:17 AM
Well, I mean, the person who they bought it from says its from Bob Dylan's studio.....
What a load of Horse pucky. Not signed, No documentation, No proof.

But it's on the internet! it must be true!

If he adds the claim it was made in Hawaii, he can double his asking price.
(sorry, interthreaduality)

chuck in ny
07-08-2014, 03:41 AM
brooklyn bridge no additional charge.

Ukejenny
07-08-2014, 06:25 AM
If Bob Dylan himself were selling it, it would be too rich for my blood.

coolkayaker1
07-08-2014, 09:10 AM
That's a thousand dollar uke, if that.

How much is Dylan's mojo worth, anyhow?

Cornfield
07-08-2014, 09:56 AM
When I was selling cars, I was showing a used Range Rover to a couple and told them that it had been traded in by Oprah Winfrey and that it should have a bit of extra value. They said the price should be lowered because the seat would probably break.

RyanMFT
07-08-2014, 10:28 AM
That's a thousand dollar uke, if that.

In that condition, with that much dirt and some damage to the bridge, my guess is that it would go for about 600. Vintage uke market is really down right now from what I see.

coolkayaker1
07-08-2014, 04:20 PM
In that condition, with that much dirt and some damage to the bridge, my guess is that it would go for about 600. Vintage uke market is really down right now from what I see.
Yes, Ryan. Agreed. The entire uke market is down, based on UU Marketplace, for great new ukuleles, too.

chefuke
07-08-2014, 05:56 PM
That's a thousand dollar uke, if that.

How much is Dylan's mojo worth, anyhow?

Priceless - has anyone enquired about the historical background of this uke at all?

itsme
07-08-2014, 06:27 PM
Gibby? Seriously? Do people really use that term?

I thought the phenomenon was more limited to computer geeks, who like to refer to a Samsung product as "my Sammy" or a Westinghouse product as "my Westy".

It's pretentious to the max.

aquadan
07-08-2014, 06:44 PM
Gibby? Seriously? Do people really use that term?

I thought the phenomenon was more limited to computer geeks, who like to refer to a Samsung product as "my Sammy" or a Westinghouse product as "my Westy".

It's pretentious to the max.

Speaking as a computer geek, I would slap anyone silly who said 'my Sammy'. However Westy is acceptable when referring to a West Highland Terrier.

RonT
07-09-2014, 03:51 AM
"You can call me Ray,...or you can call me Jay,...."
R

iamesperambient
07-09-2014, 06:18 AM
Gibby? Seriously? Do people really use that term?

I thought the phenomenon was more limited to computer geeks, who like to refer to a Samsung product as "my Sammy" or a Westinghouse product as "my Westy".

It's pretentious to the max.

I don't think it sounds pretentious it almost sounds laid back.
When people use those kind of slang terms i just picture a surfer dude going 'yaaaa brah look at that gibby nice brah!" i dont know why just what i picture.

Anyway if they can't provide proof it was his than i would assume its a scam. I love bob dylan's music especially his first 4 acoustic albums. I never saw him with heard him play or even heard him mention ukulele. It's possible it could have been a gift from george harrison i know he gave paul mccartney a vintage gibson tenor which he played live on something in the way. So it is possible but the back story does not add up.

jcarlos
07-09-2014, 07:19 AM
Time to post my vintage uke that Buzz Aldrin took with him to the moon, I think $35,000 should be a good price to start the bidding at. Comes with a 1 gram baggy of moon dirt. No case included.

iamesperambient
07-09-2014, 07:25 AM
Time to post my vintage uke that Buzz Aldrin took with him to the moon, I think $35,000 should be a good price to start the bidding at. Comes with a 1 gram baggy of moon dirt. No case included.

Nice! not a bad price for a 'real' moon uke i'll take your word for it.
Who should i make the check out too?

UncleMoon
07-09-2014, 12:51 PM
I just offered $100 USD to them. I know they won't take it, but I really want to hear their righteous indignation at that low of an offer.

:rolleyes:

UncleMoon
07-09-2014, 02:07 PM
I just offered $100 USD to them. I know they won't take it, but I really want to hear their righteous indignation at that low of an offer.

:rolleyes:

The reply:

Thanks for your offer, but even a much later el cheapo Gibson Uke in poor condition should sell for $695.00. This is a very fine 1920's Gibson model 2 with the Dylan connection. Please try again with something that is reasonable.

coolkayaker1
07-09-2014, 02:19 PM
I was inspired by you, Uncle Moon. Good idea to offer and scope it out.

I offered $7500. I figured that it's $8.5k less than asking, so I can see what they come back with, what they might be thinking. Then I get an eBay email with an invoice saying they accepted it. Now what do I do? I've never tried this offer thing. Do I counteroffer now? Please advise.

(J/k. ;))

Jim Hanks
07-09-2014, 02:58 PM
Please note that the shipping is, generously, free.
But only Economy shipping :biglaugh:

UncleMoon
07-09-2014, 02:59 PM
I was inspired by you, Uncle Moon. Good idea to offer and scope it out.

I offered $7500. I figured that it's $8.5k less than asking, so I can see what they come back with, what they might be thinking. Then I get an eBay email with an invoice saying they accepted it. Now what do I do? I've never tried this offer thing. Do I counteroffer now? Please advise.

(J/k. ;))

I think I just tooted a little. You scared the crap outta me.

coolkayaker1
07-18-2014, 06:11 AM
Ha ha, Moon.

There has been one offer on the instrument, but it has, oddly, not sold yet.

Rllink
07-18-2014, 06:39 AM
I did some research on the internet and it might be the same uke that Arlo Guthrie traded to Bob Dylan for a harmonica.

Teek
07-18-2014, 07:27 AM
If they can't include a $50 case with a $16K asking price then I refuse to bid! Even with all the grunge still intact! (I wonder if you could get DNA from the grunge and if Dylan would let the buyer have an official cheek swab?).

coolkayaker1
07-18-2014, 08:42 AM
I wonder if you could get DNA from the grunge and if Dylan would let the buyer have an official cheek swab?.

Or just "Jurrassic-park" the DNA and clone another Dylan and send him on tour endlessly to sing "Blowin' In The Wind" at every two-bit stage between here and Poughkeepsie, every bat mitzvah and shotgun wedding, every strip club; keep all the earnings but pay Bob-Dylan-once-removed in fast food and gasoline for his Chevy Astro touring van. God, that'd be rich if we could get his cells off the ukulele schmutz.

Rllink
08-06-2014, 05:14 AM
It looks like it ended before it sold. I did some quick research on the internet and I could not find a picture or a video of Bob Dylan playing a ukulele. Are we assuming that he even owned a uke?

Pukulele Pete
08-06-2014, 05:28 AM
Please note that Dylan's uke case is no longer for sale . A vandal stole the handle.

river_driver
08-06-2014, 05:31 AM
Given that Dylan was good buddies with George Harrison, and George gave ukes to all of his friends, I would be astounded if Dylan didn't own a uke. Whether he played it or not, I can't say.

Cornfield
08-06-2014, 05:37 AM
Please note that Dylan's uke case is no longer for sale . A vandal stole the handle.

Somebody has to acknowledge your post. I acknowledge it.

Pukulele Pete
08-06-2014, 05:41 AM
Somebody has to acknowledge your post. I acknowledge it.

Thanks , I was wondering if I was the only one who knew the reference . Thanks for your acknowledgement.

Cornfield
08-06-2014, 10:20 AM
Thanks , I was wondering if I was the only one who knew the reference . Thanks for your acknowledgement.


http://youtu.be/Oa-50ZYvHPw

Maybe he used the uke in this video?