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Thread: c.1940 Johnny Marvin "Tenor" Uke

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    Default c.1940 Johnny Marvin "Tenor" Uke

    Here's a link to my blog post with the full photos/etc... click here.

    At any rate, this is a uke I picked up from Fran of the VT Uke Society in a trade. It's a nice concert dealie, all solid mahogany, rosewood board, etc. My work on it included a bridge reglue, fret dress, pickup install, side-dots and replacement fret dots, etc. -- all addressed in the blog post link above.

    I've set this one aside as a gigging and recording instrument (hence the pickup). Good strident tone means it'll be heard for solos and band work and the sunburst finish matches my Regal-made dreadnought Hawaiian guitar from the '30s.

    As can be expected, I'm quite pleased with it!

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    That's a real beauty...!!!

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    Aloha Jake,
    Nice score..wow was that from Fran..holy smokes..awesome..MM Stan

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    Stan: Yup, she picked up a screaming banjo uke and some $$ from me for it. I'd been toying with the idea of getting one of these fellas for a while anyhow, after working on a couple for some customers. Played this one for the first time in a jam today... kept pace quite well.

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    Love these Johnny Marvin's!
    They are so cool looking and have a nice mellow tone.
    Here's mine024.jpg
    1920 Martin 3, Koaloha Concert, Koaloha Soprano, Kiwaya KTS4, Kiwaya Koa KTS6, 1923 Nicola Turturro Soprano, 1927 Turturro Concert, 1930's Johnny Marvin Tenor, Pete Howlett Soprano, John Grey Banjo Uke, Republic Wood Body Resonator, Zemaitis Tenor, Stadlmair Tiple (made by Turturro) 1925, Gibson UB2.

    http://ukeireland.com/

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    I really love that sunburst finish. Very nice uke! You should post a video playing it

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    Nice uke! Congrats!

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