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    Default Weakness for Old Instruments

    Once i caught the virus one of the first i bought off ebay was a Roy Smeck circa 50's plastic fretboard job. made by Harmony, Chicago. Got the original case, about $55. total. Tuned it up. tuners bad, didn't sound good , put it under the bench and forgot about it......... Then after a few mos. i got it out again and really looked at it . Buffed it off with 4 ought steel wool then Old English polish. This is old school beautiful shimmering mahogany. That yellowish goldish irridescent old timey mahogany. There's no reason why this shouldn't be a fine sounding soprano. I'm working on it.... steve from outside Peoria IL

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolona View Post
    Once i caught the virus one of the first i bought off ebay was a Roy Smeck circa 50's plastic fretboard job. made by Harmony, Chicago. Got the original case, about $55. total. Tuned it up. tuners bad, didn't sound good , put it under the bench and forgot about it......... Then after a few mos. i got it out again and really looked at it . Buffed it off with 4 ought steel wool then Old English polish. This is old school beautiful shimmering mahogany. That yellowish goldish irridescent old timey mahogany. There's no reason why this shouldn't be a fine sounding soprano. I'm working on it.... steve from outside Peoria IL
    Yes, that is a classic uke. I have one I got from a friend who used it music class in school in about 1940. I've never seen another one quite like mine. The end of the fretboard is painted on.

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

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    Jerry, you have a beauty there, with a regular wood fretboard. Mine is the 50's version with the brown molded plastic one. I have also just figured out the Plastic FB which is held on by four little woodscrews was mounted about 3/16" high on the neck. That right there will make it sound strange for sure. So i got that moved down where it should be. Now i have to come up with some better tuners...

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    Once you learn how to get them back up, you'll never look back to those high-gloss fancy overbuilt and overpriced new ukuleles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The end of the fretboard is painted on.
    01 Roy.jpg

    It gets extra points for that!

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