Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: Gibson Uke

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Clark Fork, Idaho
    Posts
    65

    Default Gibson Uke

    Can anyone give me some background information about a Gibson 694B? The owner thinks it dates from the 1920's.

    Thank you, Bill

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    3,308

    Default

    Not sure about that model, but Gibson I know was making Ukes in the 1930s. The earliest one I have heard of is from the late 1920s. There was a huge Uke craze in the USA back in the 1930s I know, so there are allot of them from that era still around.. The vintage Gibsons command some fairly big dollars. Over a grand, sometimes well over a grand. I have seen certain rare ones go near 10k$ .. Gibson hasn't made Ukuleles for some time, and any of them are highly collectible..
    Last edited by Tudorp; 05-07-2010 at 03:35 AM.
    Mahalo Ke Akua
    ------------------
    Ohana SK-35 a.k.a. "IZ"
    Ohana SK-21 a.k.a. "Ku'u poki'i <Kapookie>"
    Lanikai LU-21 a.k.a. "Cinderella"
    Epiphone Les Paul Concert Uke "Lil' Lester"
    Harmony Banjo Uke a.k.a. "Bango"
    Gibson Les Paul a.k.a. "Hobo Ted"
    Epiphone Les Paul Studio a.k.a. "Barnabas"
    Epiphone Les Paul a.k.a. "Blaze"
    Gretsch Tenor Banjo a.k.a. "Jed"
    Supertone 406, 5 string Banjo a.k.a. "GrandPa Jones"
    Fernendes Telecaster "Suemeh"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    102

    Default

    The Vintage Guitar Price Guide says that Gibson was:

    "A relative late-comer to the uke market. Gibson didn't get a line off the ground until 1927, fully nine years after Martin had already been in production. Even then they only produced three soprano styles and one tenor version. Worse still, they never made any ukes in koa, sticking to the easier-to-obtain mahogany. ... Nonetheless, Gibson ukuleles exhibit more unintentional variety than any other major maker with enough construction, inlay, binding, and cosmetic variations to keep collectors buzzing for many a year to come. In general, the earliest examples feature a Gibson logo in script, later shortened to just Gibson. Post-war examples adopted a square-ish logo of th rest of the Gibson line, and, at some point in the late '50s, began sporting ink-stamped serial numbers on the back of the headstock like their guitar and mandolin brethren."

    The book shows general pricing of Gibson ukuleles in excellent condition to range from $750 to $1250. Major exception is their electric tenor ukuleles from 1949 and 1953 which are priced from $3,500 to $7,500.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Clark Fork, Idaho
    Posts
    65

    Default

    Thank you both. This instument has the 694B inside the body. The size is probably tenor, but it is somewhat different from my modern tenor. The Gibson name is in script. The instument was handed down from a grandparent and has been in a hardcase for years. The condition looks vey good.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    3,308

    Default

    With the script, it is an early one, from late 20s, mid 40s. The largest production I think was in the 1930s during the fad. Do ya have any pictures? If ya don't mind me asking, what is he asking you for it?
    Mahalo Ke Akua
    ------------------
    Ohana SK-35 a.k.a. "IZ"
    Ohana SK-21 a.k.a. "Ku'u poki'i <Kapookie>"
    Lanikai LU-21 a.k.a. "Cinderella"
    Epiphone Les Paul Concert Uke "Lil' Lester"
    Harmony Banjo Uke a.k.a. "Bango"
    Gibson Les Paul a.k.a. "Hobo Ted"
    Epiphone Les Paul Studio a.k.a. "Barnabas"
    Epiphone Les Paul a.k.a. "Blaze"
    Gretsch Tenor Banjo a.k.a. "Jed"
    Supertone 406, 5 string Banjo a.k.a. "GrandPa Jones"
    Fernendes Telecaster "Suemeh"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Clark Fork, Idaho
    Posts
    65

    Default

    A friend hauled it out his closet and showed it to me. It is not for sale. I was curious about its history. Sorry, I did not get a photo.

    Bill

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    3,308

    Default

    If I had one, I wouldn't sell it either. Especially if it came down from my family history.. Gibson Ukes do have some history, and very collectible..
    Mahalo Ke Akua
    ------------------
    Ohana SK-35 a.k.a. "IZ"
    Ohana SK-21 a.k.a. "Ku'u poki'i <Kapookie>"
    Lanikai LU-21 a.k.a. "Cinderella"
    Epiphone Les Paul Concert Uke "Lil' Lester"
    Harmony Banjo Uke a.k.a. "Bango"
    Gibson Les Paul a.k.a. "Hobo Ted"
    Epiphone Les Paul Studio a.k.a. "Barnabas"
    Epiphone Les Paul a.k.a. "Blaze"
    Gretsch Tenor Banjo a.k.a. "Jed"
    Supertone 406, 5 string Banjo a.k.a. "GrandPa Jones"
    Fernendes Telecaster "Suemeh"

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Port Hueneme, CA
    Posts
    2,604

    Default

    Chuck F. on Flea Market Music has lots of Gibson knowledge.
    I have 2 from 1926, a Sunburst Tenor (may be a prototype) and a UB2 banjo.
    The logo changed from "The Gibson" to "Gibson" in the late 30's.
    As Jordon said there were a great many variances in Gibson ukes as they were always made by hand.
    In the early production years I am sure they were searching for the formula.
    The models from the 50's are easier to come by, but still rare.
    My tenor is a great player with a great voice as well as being a collectors piece.
    Keep Strummin'

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Alger, Ohio (NW)
    Posts
    5

    Default Gibson ukulele

    I own a Gibson ukulele my mother gave me when I was a boy. She had gotten it when she was a girl... I would imagine in the late 30's or 40's. It's mahogany, 24 1/2" long with five pearl inlays on the fretboard and the Gibson script on the head. I've played it all my life, and, believe it or not, it still has the original strings.

    There is a serial number inside at the base of the fretboard: 7004 18

    Can anyone give me any information and possible value? It needs a peg... it's needed one for 45 years and this is the first time I've actually looked for one. Of course, it's a little dinged, but I suspect it's 70 years old and I believe in pretty good shape.

    Thanks.

    Paul

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Orcas Island, Washington
    Posts
    168

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by posborne View Post
    I own a Gibson ukulele my mother gave me when I was a boy. She had gotten it when she was a girl... I would imagine in the late 30's or 40's. It's mahogany, 24 1/2" long with five pearl inlays on the fretboard and the Gibson script on the head.

    Can anyone give me any information and possible value?
    I'd keep an eye out here to see if you can spot somthing similar...

    Lots of variation in those old Gibsons....
    Bruce
    Orcas island Tonewoods
    Download My CDs here.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •