GH&S The Marvel Open Back Soprano Banjolele Banjo Ukulele

My Marvel

GH&S The Marvel Banjolele Banjo Ukulele sis3 view
George Houghton The Marvel Open Back view Banjolele Banjo Ukulele
george houghton and Sons The Marvel  Banjolele Banjo at Lardy's Ukulele Database

Someone Elses
they have replaced the tuners too

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It has black Picanto Strings on and is tuned g~C~E~A

GH&S The Marvel

A Pre-Loved Banjolele from the George Houghton & Sons (GH&S) factory. This one is "The Marvel" which was the bottom of the range. It was even suggested that the Vellum use was goat skin not calfskin!!

It has a Birch neck that doesn't show the age and a Chrome encased wood body I don't know how old it is but the factory closed in 1962 so it must be earlier than that. It plays Ok, I have sanded down the bridge to lower the action. It sounds better played gently than hard and with the open back how you hold it against yourself makes a difference too

I didn't think the tuners on the Banjolele were the original ones and I didn't like them, they seemed to hold the strings too high to go properly over the nut? So I replaced them with a better set but stuck with friction tuners. I have since seen some other GH&S Banjoleles with the same tuners on, oh well I've still got the original set and could put them back on but I still prefer the new ones so I won't for the moment

It came with the original GH&S case, flat one side and made of a kind of cardboard(?) with a felt lining. its a bit battered now so I've put it up in the attic for safe keeping because I won't be using it