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||Date: 6/24/2020 12:21:39 PM
|I have one of these that I got in near basket case condition on Craig's List. Although it took quite a bit more $$ to get it into top condition, it was worth the investment.|
Mine was sold under the "Recording King" brand, but it identical otherwise to the one Noelle is offering. These are very much high quality luthier grade instruments. Unique in that they're the only Mainland prewar uke that I've seen with a Hawaiian heel.
Extraordinary in voice & playablity. Very worth comparing to vintage Martin tenors & concerts made prior to WWII. If you had an opportunity to play them side by side, you may not agree with my opinion, but I'm confident you'd agree the Gretsch is a worthy alternative to Martins of the same era. Especially when you consider your actual budget.
My opinion, strictly. Some additional notes: these are really between the size of a modern Tenor & Concert. I have had correspondence with Noelle in the past when I had an urge to get another one of these. She is very nice, honest & not that it should matter, a very good musician. There are 4 total of these that I'm aware of, but who knows how many more are in the attic, I do have a 1940 Montgomery Wards catalog featuring this instrument.
If you like true vintage ukuleles; this is your chance to score a real find at a fair price.
||Date: 6/24/2020 3:07:35 PM
|Just curious, it looks from the photo's that this uke has the bridge and saddle as one carved piece.|
Was this standard for these or is this a replacement?