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    I just acquired an extremely rare 1928 Gibson Uke3. It is in pristine original condition with its original hardshell case.
    I finally got to tune, and play, it today.
    Absolutely amazing sound and action.
    Right now there are Aquila nylons on it, but I might change them out for fluorocarbon strings.
    I will play it awhile before deciding.
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    Congratulations Katzuke, that's an extremely fine ukulele, good for you!
    Happy to be an Intermediate Newbie, Penny

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    Any expert suggestions on how to lightly clean it? It is 91 years old! Just has a little surface grime.
    This is a solid mahogany ukulele with a satin gloss finish.

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    My, what a beauty. Well done

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    Good catch. Congratulations!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Congratulations!
    What a find.
    Any good quality guitar cleaner and polisher should be okay.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Very nice ukes, undervalued in my opinion, though I still see some trying for 2k and up. Just a damp microfiber followed by a dry. You can also use any other wood instrument cleaner as well.

    These are are still actually selling for under 1k, a bargain, should be in the Martin 3 arena. That case IS a looker, small pic, but looks to be a period hardshell.
    Last edited by Neal; 06-23-2019 at 01:07 PM.

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    Agreed, they are undervalued. A pristine one like mine was appraised on Antiques Roadshow in 2014 for $2,000.00.
    I have seen them valued from $2,000.00 to $3,500.00.
    And yes, it is a period hardshell case in very good condition.
    The ukulele itself looks brand new in every way. Pretty impressive for 1928!
    I will post some better photos soon.

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    Congradulations - thats some score.
    Your 1928 Gibson is from the very first years of their uke production (well after Martin's success)
    I think they made great ukes right from the start - I have a tenor from the same period and it really sings.
    Here's a link - the catalogue of 1928 is listed there - you'll see my tenor there too.
    Please play your wonderful uke regularly - it will love it.

    https://acousticmusic.org/research/history/catalogs/

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    Last edited by Strumdaddy; 06-23-2019 at 06:31 PM.

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