Epiphone ukulele?

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What info might you folks have about Epiphone branded Ukes. I have one available to me but I don't know much about them and the interwebs is a little sparse on the subject. I really want to know when they were most recently made and such.
 

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There are/were several Epiphone Branded ukes. The current Les Paul model is OK - certainly worth what I paid for it.

There was a Masterbuilt model a few years back, that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on, never having seen more than photos of it, but it looked sweet.

Which model do you have available to you?

-Kurt​
 

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I don't know the model but it's a older looking mahogany soprano. It's not the new les Paul ones.
 

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So it's vintage? I don't know much about old Epiphone ukes. But the quality of early- to mid-century Epiphone instruments (guitars, banjos) in general is outstanding- Epi was a serious player back in the day. I think the reputation of the name was tarnished when Gibson acquired it and turned it into a budget brand (even though the quality of recent Epis is fine, they just are what they are anymore).

What kind of price are you looking at?
 

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Ok after some late night googling I found a picture and description that looks like the same model. I think it's not vintage, but from '97-'98. I also read it's a laminate. He only wants 50$. I will probably pass though.
 

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What is the model and picture that you found? Laminate or no, it may well be worth $50.
 

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https://sites.google.com/site/ukulelemakers/e-f/epiphone

In 1997 three models of Ukulele were released by Gibson under the Epiphone Label, the Lanai (with a plastic fretboard), the Molokai and the Kauai. These were all fairly budget and were only in production for a couple of years.

Here are some more pictures from the same source (including all three 1997 models, the 2002/2005 firebird mandolin, the 2009 'masterbilt' solid mahogany and koa ones and the 2012 Les Paul-shaped ones): https://get.google.com/albumarchive.../AF1QipNwVzqGmigNbzWoT0dbXIn0uzHqF-evElf0Xbhi