This uke has travelled around the world I've found, tracing back its ownership over the past 20 years!
|The number i can make out is 655-2..|
This uke arrived with a homemade looking resonator, once removed i immediately noticed the sticker from Andy Eastwood. Dated from 1992, with a vellum fitted in 1996.
A quick email from Andy confirmed this. He also told me he bought it from Sean Moyes.
Two highly regarded players as former owners, a nod to the quality of this instrument.
I bought the uke from NYC from a friend of my Banjolele buddy, John Bianchi.
Its always interesting to trace back where these old ukes have been. Who knows where it was for the other 70 years of its life?
|For such a fantastic instrument the quality of the replacement resonator could not be compromised. Made by Shackleton instruments in Norfolk from Black American Walnut.|
|Once every part of the instrument had been restored it was time to reassemble.|
|Always a joy to put expensive ukes back together, this Gibson was no exception|
|Superb job on the resonator by Shackleton instruments, although i added around 10 coats of Tru-oil to complete it|
|Stunning finish to a Stunning Instrument|
|The resonator is a perfect match and looks incredible.|
This ukes plays with a rich clear, loud tone. Exactly what you would expect. I will leave the pictures to do the talking.