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    Default NUD - Vintage 1920s Gibson

    Lots of martins had to throw in my Gibson. Very fine playing uke!! Awesome original soft case. Circa 1920s

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    I like it! It's an early incarnation, so would it have a FON pencilled on the neck block inside? Gibson used a strikingly ribboned mahogany for these instruments.

    Red Hat Service? Right Hand Side? Royal Horicultural Society? Relative Humidity Sensor inside?

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    That is very similar to my own 1928 example. Yours seems to have survived in better condition. Despite the fact that mine has had a hard life, it still plays well and sounds fine. I haven't weighed it, but each time I pick it up it surprises me with its lack of heft.

    John Colter

    ps. Mine has no pencil marks on the neck block
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    My old Gibson soprano has a slightly different voice than the old Martins I have heard.
    I also have a 1926 Tenor with a sunburst top that is a real sweetie too.
    Keep Strummin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by SailingUke View Post
    My old Gibson soprano has a slightly different voice than the old Martins I have heard.
    I also have a 1926 Tenor with a sunburst top that is a real sweetie too.
    I have a late 20's sunburst Gibson tenor that is my go to uke.
    I also have a Martin 60's tenor that is wonderful too - just a slightly different sound.
    The Gibson/ Martin sound differences that apply to acoustic guitars seem to apply to ukes too:
    Martin sweet, airy, lots of overtones; Gibson sweet, woody, "bluesy", more focused.
    In fact my favourite pastime at the moment is playing blues on my Gibson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strumdaddy View Post
    I have a late 20's sunburst Gibson tenor that is my go to uke.
    I also have a Martin 60's tenor that is wonderful too - just a slightly different sound.
    The Gibson/ Martin sound differences that apply to acoustic guitars seem to apply to ukes too:
    Martin sweet, airy, lots of overtones; Gibson sweet, woody, "bluesy", more focused.
    In fact my favourite pastime at the moment is playing blues on my Gibson.
    Do you have any idea how much your Gibson is worth?
    I was shocked when a reputable vintage dealer told me about mine.
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    They're pretty rare beasts - maybe $1500USD.

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    That market can vary quite a bit. For the most part I have seen these go for far less than that. Nonetheless, it is a lovely instrument

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strumdaddy View Post
    They're pretty rare beasts - maybe $1500USD.
    That’s what I was estimating. The vintage dealer quoted me north of 3k and said I should not take less than 3k.
    I realize the market is very finicky, but I don’t have any plans to sell.
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    Neither do I.
    Back to the thread....
    Eculuke - your Gibby soprano looks wonderful.
    Martin made far more ukes than Gibson, but Gibson certainly made fine instruments. Their plainer sopranos tend to go for less than Martin, but are equally worthy.
    The other great uke from that era is Favilla.
    I have a rockin' little Favilla soprano; well made, big sound, great player.

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