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I’m particularly thrilled to have Chuck “Frets” Fayne as the resident expert for “Uke Yak.” Over the years Chuck has assembled a world class collection of Hawaiian and Mainland ukes, including some wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces. It was Chuck’s collection that made up the majority of the ukes in “The Ukulele-A Visual History.” He’s also promised to take full advantage of all the collectors he knows in the rare instance when somebody throws him a curve ball.  PLEASE NOTE: If you want a response to your question please send a clear jpeg of the front and back of the entire ukulele. You may Search the Uke Yak, or Ask Chuck a Question now!

Yak away!

Jumpin’ Jim

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(Chuck "Frets" Fayne has answered the following 5910 questions.)

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-->Question asked by: Michael Nigro
Subject: Favilla Idenification Needed
Question: Hi: I am trying to date this Favilla Wimbrola 6 string Concert Ukulele. Can you provide any information of the year of manufacture? Thanks for any help you can provide. Mike

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Answer: Michel...I think if you look through the answers already given, I have covered the Wimbrola. It was the brain child of Dave Wimboll..I Will look back and see what I have stay posted. Tom, I need your help as usual and how are you...Chuck
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: brandon
Subject: mystery ukulele
Question: Hello I got this recently but can not find a thing out about it, across the sound hole is what appers to be the letter M and inside it reads koa handcrafted by (hard to tell signature) Melvin E. Lopes moa o mele #57 dated 10/31/99. If you could give me any knowledge as to estimated value or what I have and its history I would be very thankful

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Answer: I have never seen one like it. The answer I would assume, would be in Hawaii. The M on the sound hole has something to do with the maker The words are also Hawaiian. I will ask a couple friends and see what they have to say...thanks for the question..curious charlie
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: Glenn Miller
Subject: Maui music uke
Question: Hi! I have a chance to buy a SK style soprano uke made by Peter Lieberman. It is like new with case for 400 dollars. the serial number is 812316. Any advice please? Thanks, Glenn

Answer: Glenn, How is the rest of the band. Love your music. I have almost no knowledge of modern ukuleles. If one of the yakkers out there knows anything, I would appreciate help on this one. As a matter of fact, Jim and I are looking for someone to help with Uke Yak...If interested, please email Jim Thanks for writing in...chuck
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: TONY HUGHES
Subject: JUST BOUGHT THIS
Question: Hi Chuck I just bought this uke on eBay for £9-00 about $15 and I'm trying to identify the make and likely age. I'm still waiting for it to be delivered so these are the only photographs available. Hope you can help Thanks Tony

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Answer: Tony...Its hard to tell much with just a picture.What is on the headstock decal..Any name on the inside. I would write the seller and ask if he has any information...At first glance, it appears to be a souvenir sold to tourists in Hawaii. Let me know.....
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: Lester Brandt
Subject: Stay well
Question: Aloha Chuck, Stay well. Many thanks for your help over the years. Regards from Lester

Answer: Lester, ...Thanks for the kind words. Keep lookin, I will answer some of the questions. Want a job?
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: adam
Subject: ????????
Question: can you tell me what i have and whats its worth? or if intrested call me at 540-405-1770

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Answer: I'm assuming you are not a professional photographer. Adam, Its a ukulele and it seems to be unidimensional. Perhaps a couple of other pictures from different angles plus clarity , and I could be a little more specific. Ansel Fayne
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: pepe
Subject: jmg uke
Question: hi chuck,i have a jmg uke australian made , its a gem , great sound , well made ! and just wondering what the stamp number3354 on head mean! thanks chuck !

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Answer: Pepe....I have no idea what the numbers mean, but it is one of the first ukuleles made in Australia. I will look back in the archives and see what I have on it. I know that the uke was fashioned after a violin and there was a chamber running around the inside that was suppose to trap and magnify the sound. It did neither. It is a curiosity and they do not pop up often. If the uke has the patent number as mine did, you can write to the patents office and they will send you the patent info. Good find. I could only make it play Waltzing Matilda frets
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: Steve Pepper
Subject: Formby ukes
Question: Chuck I'm going to be re-doing my kitchen this year and will have to get rid of a full set of George Formby ukes all in reasonable condition for their age and all playable. Any idea of what they'd be worth in today's market as a full set a, b, c, d, and e models Steve

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Answer: Steve...I would place them on the marketplace and since you own a complete set, you are sure to know more about them than I do, it would be easier for you to set a price. I can see then selling. People love to buy collections. Unless you have a very small kitchen, I wouldn't look to make an even trade, unless you find a kitchen man who collects Formby. A complete collection should include a lamp post...chuck
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: Ron Neely
Subject: Kaholas ukulele
Question: I picked up this Kaholas uke a few weeks back on ebay. I thought it would be an interesting uke to own and despite the general opinion that Kaholas ukes were made by Gretsch, I feel that this one may actually be of Hawaiian construction. I'd like to find out exactly who made this uke and when, if possible.

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Answer: Ron..I have never heard that Gretsch made Kaholas. The fact that the heel cap is part of the back, tells us it is Hawaiian made. I always thought they were made by Kumalae. Learn something new every day...chuck
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: Evelyn Anonsen
Subject: Please tell me what I have
Question: Can you please tell me about this ukulele, including what type it is and what it is worth? The inside reads "C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA. Thanks!

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Answer: Evelyn..It is a Martin soprano Style 1 ukulele, and the first incarnation. The tuners have been changed, they were originally pegs. Made 30-40s..Hard to date exactly as martin made many subtle changes. It is also hard to give you a firm price, as the market varies a lot, but 750-1000 in good condition would be a close guess. If you have an original case, add a couple hundred more. It is my favorite player of all the martins made. Enjoy it and pay it...it deserves to be played.
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: Evelyn Anonsen
Subject: Please tell me what I have
Question: Please tell about this ukulele and what it is worth (what type of ukulele is it?) The inside says "Ukulele O Hawaii, made by Leonard Nunes, Los Angeles, CA. Thanks!

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Answer: Hello Evelyn again. It is a ukulele made by the son of one of the original uke makers in Hawaii, Manuel Nunes. He moved to Los Angeles, year unknown, and made a very good ukulele. I would be interested to know if the label says " Leonard, or Leonardo...Thanks...chuck
- Saturday, April 19, 2014


-->Question asked by: CHUCK
Subject: WHERE HAS CHUCK BEEN?
Question: To all Uke Yak followers, As a few of you may know, the last few years have been challenging for me personally. That is the principal reason why I haven’t been as active lately on the Uke Yak. I do hope to get back in the Uke Yak saddle soon and answer at least some of the questions that have been awaiting an answer. At this point, though, I’m not sure I can keep up with the questions at the rate that they keep coming in. For that reason, Jim Beloff and I are interested in hearing from any knowledgable fans of Uke Yak and/or serious uke collectors who might want to help with answers, with the possibility of eventually taking over. Just so you know…it’s not a paying position but it is a lot of fun! If you would like to be considered, send an email with your qualifications to Jim at jim@fleamarketmusic.com. Thanks again for your continued support and patience. Best, “Frets” Fayne.

Answer: thanks again for all the support and fabulous information you have added to my ukulele history knowledge. I've had a ball.. Keep looking, I'll answer more later....chuck
- Sunday, March 30, 2014


-->Question asked by: Jonathan
Subject: Can you ID this baritone?
Question: A friend of mine picked up this vintage mahogany baritone recently but doesn't know anything about it. Any ideas as to maker and value? Thanks!

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Answer: Jonathan.. not enough to go on. Dots resemble harmony but shape doesn't seem right. Looks fairly well made. Sorry, Its tough with just a picture....chuck
- Monday, October 14, 2013


-->Question asked by: Faye
Subject: Uke strings
Question: I have a mini soprano and have been advised to change the strings. I was also advised to google and ask what type of strings it needs. The measurement from the bridge to the nut is 29 centimetres. Would be happy if you have any help for me, please. Faye

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Answer: Faye..the best way to do this is to take it to a luthier in a music shop and ask for it to be done there. If they have it in their hands it becomes easy. I can't advise from here. They will be able to help...chuck
- Monday, October 14, 2013


-->Question asked by: Ginger
Subject: Kumalae Ukulele
Question: Hi Chuck, I have been cleaning out my parents attic and found this Uke. It needs some repair. How to I know if it's Soprano, Tenor or other ? Also, Is it better to restore it and sell it or sell it as is ? Any idea on the true market value of such a piece. I do not know the history of it. I do not know of any family member who has been to Hawaii or the west coast. I understand from google searches it is Koa Wood and from approximately the 1920's. I appreciate your input.

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Answer: Ginger...its going to be tough to sell in any condition. Repaired it might go as a player. couple hundred dollars. You would spend more on restoring it than its worth. Put it up on marketplace as best offer and see what you get. Thanks...chuck
- Monday, October 14, 2013


-->Question asked by: Julien staudt
Subject: No name uke
Question: Hello, I'm working on this nice vintage ukulele to restore it but I have no idea where it comes from and how old it is. It has only a piece of the sticker left inside where you can read "lifetime guarantee". No mark, stamps or number of any kind anywhere... Do you have any lead to learn more about it?

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Answer: The little I can tell is...it is not Hawaiian. It is Mahogany, I have no idea who made it. Wish I could be more help...chuck
- Thursday, October 03, 2013


-->Question asked by: Maggie
Subject: no name banjolele
Question: Hi, I recently got this bangolele on ebay. I got it for a pretty good price since it had no brand name on it. I was wondering if you had any idea of who made it, and it's approximate value. It cleaned up very nicely, and sounds great with new nylon strings instead of the old steel ones it came with. Thanks for your time! Maggie

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Answer: I have no idea who made it. Many banjo ukes were made that look like alike Its American, Its classy and made well. Not a cheapy...The sound is the most important thing. Value 300 on a good day...thanks...chuck
- Thursday, October 03, 2013


-->Question asked by: Larry Murphy
Subject: Bequeathing your role to someone with more time?
Question: Frettie, While you are hyperknowledgable, it sounds like you are also hyperbusy in your day to day life. Would you consider taking a sabbatical & letting someone else do the Yakkin'? It could be like one of those TV shows where they rotate in various candidates for a set period of time. Then, if you decided you wanted to resume, you could. If not there could be an election via the Bull-Board or you could hand pick your successor. At least think about it. My belief is it could breath some fresh air into the BB; I think that Yak drives a lot of people to the BB. Do think about it. I personally am not a candidate for the position. What I will do is that if you don't respond to this email [or on the Yak page], I'll post a similar proposal on the Bull-Bd. If for no other reason than to get a Bullish discussion cooking. Let me know what you're thinking. Larry Murphy [Muttzukii]

Answer: Larry...I can't tell you how much I appreciate your email. Since the Uke Yak is my property, and I am able to make my own decisions, I will. I have been hyper ill and that accounts for some of the absence. I have also been doing this since l997 and If I feel I would like take some time off, I will. As I said, It is my decision. As you stated in your threat, If you feel that this is not being done to your liking, Please post this anywhere you feel will satisfy your desire to meddle. Please remember, My decisions far outweigh your opinions. Your friend forever....chuck
- Thursday, October 03, 2013


-->Question asked by: Lester Brandt
Subject: ID old handmade Koa Ukulele
Question: Aloha Chuck. Found this at flea market today. Seller said it was hand made. Koa body and neck. Bridge is made of Milo wood. The date 1936 is written inside under the sound hole. The word Hilo is engraved in the head. Looks like a nice hand made homemade plantation uke to me.Great tone. Uke wood seams are tight. Any thoughts to share? I'm sure its is worth the hundred bucks I paid. Mahalo from Lester inPuna, Hawai'i

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Answer: Lester, any time you need to bail out please let me know. You are correct,this is a home made ukulele and perhaps the best I've seen. I love it. It looks like it sounds great, as if looks could tell. Hundred bucks. Highway robbery. Let me know how it sounds. Will add the pics to my best of...file....chuck
- Thursday, October 03, 2013


-->Question asked by: Ryan
Subject: Antone Abreo Ukulele
Question: Hello Chuck, I am at it again, always on the search for early ukuleles.... Can you tell me anything about Antone Abreo, a Portuguese immigrant building in Pai'a, Maui around 1910 - 1920? I was recently able to buy this ukulele, and it turns out there is VERY LITTLE information out there about the builder. Searching Uke Yak there are two previous questions about the builder. Tom Walsh tells me he has seen several other examples, and shared photos, each one being unique. One label has his name is spelled Abreo, another Abrew. Jim Tranquada told me that Abreo came to Hawaii in 1886 in the wave of Portuguese immigration. Seems his ukuleles are almost unknown. Can you tell me anything else about this builder and have you seen other examples? The headstock on mine is really unique.

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Answer: Ryan. I have seen two other ukuleles by this maker. You know as much as I do about it. You have gotten your information from the most knowledgeable. I didn't know he was among the early immigrants. Thanks for sharing. chuck
- Thursday, October 03, 2013


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