Monday, 6 May 2013

Gibson UB-3 or UB-2 Deluxe?

Here is the Flat resonator style Gibson UB-3. This uke is the same design as the UB-2. But with inlaid fretboard & peghead, and sunburst paint finish. Pre-1930 model as it has "the Gibson" rather than just "Gibson" 8 inch rim with 14 nickle plated tension hooks. Fitted with Grover friction tuners. These ukes are a real joy to play. Very easy to hold, fantastic clear, crisp tone & perfect volume. This particular uke had been owned from new and was bought it Michigan close to the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo. It came to me in poor shape, badly corroded metal parts, and worn & pitted finish. The metalwork has been re-chromed,i even re-chromed the flesh ring! All the wood was cleaned and polished. i fitted a new nut made from Corian, and then rebuilt the instrument. I believe this Gibson range of ukes are right up there with the very best Banjoleles available. Only matched by the Ludwigs.

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