Andy Griffith

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I watched an episode of Matlock today where Andy Griffith played a tenor ukulele in the beginning, and an unusual looking resonator ukulele in the end. Does anyone know what maker of ukulele this resonator is?
 

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I believe it was a prototype? :D

More info from the web;

"This is a tricone ukulele made by National in 1927. Unique and rare design. This was from Andy Griffith's collection, he used to play it once in awhile in the "Matlock" TV series".

Wow. Thanks. I guess he was a ukulele afficionado to have a rare collectible. Never know where they'll turn up.
 

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Thanks for that. Interesting-looking instrument.

If you want to see a good movie starring Andy, look for "A Face in the Crowd." Not very funny, but a good, realistic story.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050371/

Get one for yourself - with free shipping!
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I love that movie. I once read that Andy's character Lonesome Rhodes was loosely based on Arthur Godfrey. Andy was a very gifted actor who could play a wide variety of characters. Andy was also a good musician having majored in music in college.Andy also taught music and drama at a North Carolina High School.
 

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As goofy as the movie is, I love "No Time for Sergeants" which shows his versatility.


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