Here is the latest news on Ukulele Corner and the instruments that are coming

With the demise of Picasa the old show here is no longer maintainable
when i find an usable alternative i will put something here

Am I going to learn to play?

posted 12 Jan 2019, 12:35 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 16:04 ]

xiaomi populele concert led smart at Ukulele corner
bohemian guitars oil can banjolele electric at Ukulele corner
Well I have been trying for some time now, (with limited success) But what I have invited here is the first edition Populele, a Concert scale Ukulele that comes with a plastic fretboard with lights under it that show where you put your fingers when you play along with lessons that are transmitted to it via bluetooth from an app on your smartphone. I don't know how well all that works but I think the Ukulele itself looks quite distinctive with its 2 tone body and long thin sound holes.

The other invitee is the Bohemian Guitars oil can Ukulele. The design comes from some home made instruments that were made in South Africa in the '60s but this range is purpose built from cans that have never held anything, never mind motor oil; or cooking oil, or molasses or any of the other contents claims Bohemian guitars make. Still they do look the part and this will be a welcome addition to Ukulele Corner just like Eleukes never seen tobacco cigar box Tenor

This could get quite large

posted 8 Dec 2018, 12:51 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 7 Jan 2019, 07:07 ]

Harmony Silvertone player soprano Ukulele 50s plastic fretboard
Harmony palm trees canoe soprano Ukulele 30s
Ibanez artcore semi acoustic bass guitar
50s Hofner archtop guitar
Aria pro ii magna na-30r superstrat
Rossli flying v guitar beartone
olp ernie ball benji madden mm4 guitar
Having just removed the last posting about my efforts at a GH 3 day instrument auction I am gearing myself up for the next one during the week plus there being some ebay invitations I am hopeful for in the coming days; or I could be being overconfident again.

I can start with a 1950's Silvertone "Player" and a 1930's Harmony "Palm Trees"from ebay though

Day 1 of the GH auction and sadly the "cunning plan" for the alternative guitar auction didn't work but from GH an Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow Bass, a 50's Hofner Archtop, an 80's Aria Pro II Magna NA-30R, an 80's Rossli Flying V and an OLP Ernie Ball MM4, (Benji Madden Signature - but we don't talk about that just it's single pickup "Junior" style), accepted my invitation

Nothing from Day 2 but then it was only amps, pedals, cases and the like and I wasn't that fussed

Sigma c.f. martin 2 point mandolin ukulele corner
Hutchins double neck guitar mandolin ukulele corner
Fender telecaster acoustic telecoustic guitar ukulele corner
john Horny skewes JHS vintage banjo guitar banjitar gitjo ukulele corner
john Horny skewes JHS vintage bass guitar fretless ukulele corner
Semi professional charango ukulele corner
oscar schmidt new jersey soprano ukulele corner
Sherman clay california columbia soprano ukulele corner
Day 3 and I only got the Sigma 2 point Mandolin from GH, everything else I was interested in refused my invitation

But there was another auction going on elsewhere at the same time and whilst like on day 1 it wasn't as poorly attended as I'd hoped, it didn't go too badly. OK all of the Ukuleles refused my invitation, (and so did the full size Double Bass; which was certainly a blessing for my car!) I did invite a Hutchens Guitar Mandolin double neck, a Fender Telecoustic, a JHS Vintage Banjitar, a JHS Vintage fretless Bass (that I felt sorry for, because no one else wanted it; and this is the Pony Guitar Sanctuary after all), and a Charango

The to finish off two more US lovelies from eBay, a New Jersey Oscar Schmidt and a Californian Sherman Clay Columbia

That's probably all for quite a while! (Or until the next "bargin" comes up on eBay!!

They're all Here!!

The artcore Bass badly need re-varnishing (that will be fun?) the Sigma is missing 2 tuner buttons, the New Jersey OS might not be? and badly needs the frets dressing, the Silvertone player picture doesn't line up with the bridge, (not due to the bridge being replaced or reattached, just slapdash work and poor QC from Harmony at the time) but despite a few issues they are all lovely and welcome at Ukulele Corner

Am I getting overconfident?

posted 26 Nov 2018, 16:44 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 25 Dec 2018, 15:36 ]

romanian prima balalaika
Richwood artist series rm-70-nt petit bouche manouche
pre war 30s english soprano ukulele
I ask this because I have been a little, with my eBay invites over the last few weeks. I start out an entry like this showing what has already accepted my invitation but leaving space for what I hope will accept in the near future; and then nothing else accepts! Well there is not a lot on ebay coming up but there are some good auctions starting today with the Prima Balalaika that was the only lot I was inviting but it has accepted. I hope this is the first of many over the next couple of days but ...
Don't get cocky!

Sadly a lot of nice guitars turned down my invitations at the guitar auction today but a nice Manouche Guitar with a petite bouche, the Richwood Artist series RM-70-NT did say oui so not a complete washout...
Fingers crossed for the next one ♥

Not quite everything I invited again but a nice looking pre war English (possibly BS / RM) Soprano Ukulele with a nice hard case (and a big clock; but I told the auction house to give the clock to charity) said yes

They're Here

and I am happy to have invited them but it must be said that the Balalaika is not what you would describe as a quality instrument. I would say tourist tat quality but it is a bit plain for Tourist Tat, (I have seem a lot of tourist made ones with garash pictures of Russian peasantry painted on the front). It has the three plug type bridge pins but no bridge, (I got hopeful when it arrived as there was enough of a rattle inside to make me think the bridge had go in through the tiny soundhole but after a lot of messing about, did I say how tiny the sound hole is? about the ring size of my little finger anyway when it finally came out it was not the bridge but a large safety pin; vey punk but still not quality - and I still need a bridge) I can buy a Balalaika bridge but I think I will try with a spare 5 string banjo bridge and see if it is worth it first. There is also no apparent reinforcement so the steel strings will cut into the base once they are put under tension.

The mystery Ukulele appears to be an old Brüko no 1 that is in very poorly shape; through it still sounds good. I am not sure it can be resurrected with all of the damage it has taken But the case it came in is very good

I really liked the Guitar, right up until the top E string broke and looks wise it certainly is lovely but my brother, who is a much better guitarist than me, had a go on it (with 5 strings) and said about the tone being rubbish. It might of been his style not agreeing with the guitar but listening to him play I kind of agree with him! Still it clearly needs new strings and maybe with those and softer playing it will sound better?

Another (hopefully) Interesting Week

posted 18 Nov 2018, 13:52 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 25 Dec 2018, 06:27 ]

Lake placid blue fender zuma concert ukulele
30's New Jersey Oscar Schmidt Stella Ukulele
Dot. Alfio Leone Musikalia Soprano Ukulele Sicily

On to the next weeks list of Interesting Ukuleles and other chordophones that hopefully will accept my invitation to Ukulele Corner

♦ Fender Zuma Concert in Lake Placid blue
♣ 30's Oscar Schmidt Stella Soprano from New Jersey
♥ Dot. Alfio Leone's Musikalia Soprano all the way from Sicily

Well the invitations went out but nothing else accepted but the ones that have are all lovely Ukuleles and will be welcome at Ukulele Corner 

They're here

And very welcome the Fender is spectacularly blue the Stella has taught me a bit more about Oscar Schmidt in New Jersey and the Musikalia is very very quiet? Maybe its the cheap string Maybe its the huge soundhole? (I know there is some special formula for the optimum soundhole size and I can see it hasn't been followed here)

Least we forget...

posted 13 Nov 2018, 16:42 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 8 Dec 2018, 13:32 ]

black label greenburst regal with red flowers decoration
What I have invited now is a rather nice looking black label green(?)burst Regal with a solid red chain of flowers that, to my mind, look a bit like poppies. Maybe with all of the centenary of Armistice Day and everything that has steered me that way? And apart from the colour they are not especially poppy like, but overall the Ukulele does look rather fine

It's Here

And it is rather fine if a little dirty...
though I am not sure about that? I have given it a good polish and with some wax based cleaner which did remove quite a bit of accumulated grime but the finish (which is more silver grey than green) still looks a little grubby. This may be how it is suppose to look though as I tried washing a small portion and it didn't make any real difference? I suppose I always look a little grubby even when I get out of the bath so why shouldn't one of my Ukuleles? 
Apart from that it is a very solid looking Ukulele no cracks, splits, chips, burst seams, missing frets and the neck is solid too. Yes there are two missing tuners but the seller did include the buttons for these, (and the two very old feltrums which I put straight in the bin; along with the one gut string) so with the addition of posts I will make up a full set string it up and it will be good to go. 
Its age is interesting (to me) too. It's a black label Regal which I believe puts its manufacture into the 1920's or very early 30's, (I'm not sure when they switched to the green label but from what I have seen it can't have been later than 1933) It's physical build is from before Regal brought the JR Stewart machinery and stock in 1930 and it does have a pristine "Regal the mark of better instruments" soundhole label; so pristine that it shows it never had a "Standard Approved" soundhole label. Regal were never as much a stickler for affixing this label to every Ukulele and Banjolele they made but the did use it sometimes so I'm wondering if the lack of it here does point the this Ukulele being made before 1927 when it was introduced?

Here is what I have "won" this week

posted 4 Nov 2018, 13:57 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 26 Nov 2018, 15:19 ]

vintage sunburst green label regal Soprano
Koa pili koko long neck soprano concert scale

There have been some interesting offers on ebay, culminating this week. I have sent out a few invites and this is what has accepted

♥ A vintage sunburst green label Regal all the way from Trumpsilvania
♦ A 14 fret Soprano Koa Pili Koko with hard case - don't know if its Soprano or Concert scale

Sadly none of the other things accepted my invitation. Oh well the two that did look lovely

They're Here

And they are lovely. The KPK is a Concert and it is much MUCH better than I thought it would be and the Regal is immaculate and I do love a perloid fretboard

Trying hard but I can't keep away from Auctions...

posted 31 Oct 2018, 10:30 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 25 Nov 2018, 17:26 ]

Cort CL200 Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Jim Reed MM5 Bass at Ukulele Corner
After all someone has to give sanctuary to all of the Pony Guitars, (well the nice ones anyway)

What has accepted my invitation from this auction is 
♥ A G4M wireless ear monitor which I hope will work nicely with my electronic drum kit.
♦ A Boss ME206 effects board for a Bass Guitar
♣ A Jim Reed MM5 Bass Guitar to play through it, (because obviously I don't have enough other Bases)
♠ A Cort CL200 Guitar, (because I like the National / Supro / Airline / Retro look of it)

They're Here

and they are all very welcome 

Back to nice shiny(ish) Ukuleles...

posted 21 Oct 2018, 15:02 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 23 Nov 2018, 07:14 ]

Aria Prototype glossy Soprano
teisco westheimer kingston faux flame Soprano
And experimental ones at that! Well not so much an experiment as one of a number of Ukulele samples the Huizhou Quanfeng Yule Products Co., Ltd. produced for Aria. Why Aria didn't go with them I don't know? How the samples got on to the open market I don't know? what I have seen though is after being turned down by Aria they all got a soundhole label with the Vandora brand name, (one of Quanfeng's house brands) put in, and mine is the fanciest of the ones I have seen with the iridescent Aria and flower on the headstock and the equally iridescent perfeling around the body, (and everyone knows I like sparkly instruments). Maybe once it arrives I will know why Aria rejected it? And I hope its because of price or something and not quality.

Well at the time it may have been a bit experimental as the other Ukulele pictured is a Kingston, the Brand of Japanese Chordophones that Jack Westheimer used when he first started the practice of importing Instruments from overseas, (in this case Japan), and killing Harmony, Regal, Kay and most of the other less premium US brand names. I believe the Ukulele itself was made by Teisco, (who were in turn killed by Korean, Chinese and Indonesian manufacturers), and apart from its history, I have always liked the faxu flamed finish.

They're here!

And they are both quite spectacular.

The Aria, no sorry the Vandora is amazingly light and tuneful. the wood and the inlay are both beautifully done and I'm very hard pressed to see why Aria rejected them? All I can come up with is a small blemish in the finish under the bridge, the tiniest, hard pressed to see it bit of varnish missing by the nut and maybe, maybe the A tuner is a millimeter or so closer to the edge of the headstock than the G tuner? Of course I haven't seen the rest of the batch so I don't know what, if any faults they had? Still I think mine is beautifully made and I'm very glad I invited it.

The Kingston is a bit heavier and not quite as well appointed but I do like the front and back faux flaming. Its interesting to compare it to the American made models of the period an think about what part quality played in the demise of the US musical instrument industry

Now I'm inviting Film Stars...

posted 14 Oct 2018, 15:32 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 21 Nov 2018, 07:25 ]

Italia Torino semi hollow Korean at Ukulele Corner
Well its been in a film and is undoubtedly the best thing on show there. (The film in question is Jurassic Predator and is undoubtedly as good as it sounds, with a 3½ out of 10 over 150+ reviews)
What it is, is an 2017 Italia Torino semi-hollow Guitar. Part of a range that Italia have discontinued for 2018 but that is not to take anything away from it or its quality. I have always admired the retro look of Italia Guitars and have heard that they are very good quality and well worth what they go for new. The Torino is one of their most conventional looking designs and whilst I was more enamoured with some of the more eccentric offerings, this is still a lovely semi and at the price it came to Ukulele Corner for, Especially after being assured that apart from being taken out of the box to be mimed with on the film, it was new. I don't think the film career will ever add any value to it, but it makes for a different story and the guitar itself looks very very nice and will be a welcome addition to the Pony Guitar Sanctuary at Ukulele Corner.

It's Here !!

And oh boy is it a good looking film star Guitar or what? Gorgeous gloss black with a tortoise shell effect pickguard, with not a mark on either. Its quite heavy (big center block) but its also quite large of body and it really is quality too. It lives up to everything I had heard about Italia And plugged up it really lives up to it's reputation too and makes the looong drive to collect it worthwile too, (plus I got to go to Lickey End!)

I've been a bit silly again

posted 22 Sep 2018, 17:36 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 16:19 ]

Eikosha Artisan Jazz Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Cruiser by crafter rv800 flyinf vee at Ukulele Corner
chinese wesley plastic acrylic Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Yamaha RBX200 fluorescent fretless Bass at Ukulele Corner
classic cantabile acoustic bass at Ukulele Corner
Wesley 5 string Bass Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Tanglewood elfin mini bass uke at Ukulele Corner
Another big Guitar Auction another loooong journey to collect what I invited starting with the one on the right, the one I was initially after. 

The Tanglewood "Elfin" 19½in scale Uke Bass, (well its the right size for a Uke Bass even if it was never marketed as such, (I'm not sure if it is tuned an octave up from a full sized Bass or if it has special strings?)

Next is the Purple Acrylic Wesley 5 string bass

After that, the Classic Cantabile acoustic electric Bass

Then the dayglo pink  fretless Yamaha RBX200 Bass

Onto the 6 string Guitars starting with the Wesley translucent acrylic LP

The Cruiser by crafter  RV800

And finally the Ekoshia Artisan archtop acoustic fitted, (with duct tape from the photo), piezo pickup

They're Here!!

And I have learned that acrylic slabs are probably heavier than wood, certainly the LP is heavier than a solid wooden one.

The dayglo pink on the Yamaha is aftermarket and not spectacularly applied. (still love the colour though), It also has a knob missing and maybe the whole pot needs to be replaced?

The Elfin doesn't sound like it is an octave higher than a normal Bass

That mic badly needed to come out of the Artisan, along with all of the baffle crap that was put in but once cleaned up it is a nice guitar

In fact they are all very nice guitars and I love them all

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