The Abbott Banjo Ukulele
|Made by Jack Abbott
Jr. who learned the craft of instrument making in his fathers workshop. When his father
joined Besson Co., he established his own one room workshop at several addresses in the
London area, mainly manufacturing high quality guitars. He is credited with produced the
first 'electric' guitar.
He also made a few banjos which were branded Abbott Victor.
He gave up business in 1957, but came out of retirement in 1970 and made approximately 200 Banjo Ukuleles for 'The George Formby Society members. He retired again in 1978.
Sadly, Jack died in February 1994.
His instruments were based on his fathers Monarch Banjo Ukulele, although they were much better made and more elaborate and decorative.
This instrument has a top tensioned scalloped bezel, a rosewood fingerboard ornately inlaid with mother of pearl and sixteen frets. The resonator is beautifully inlaid with coloured woods in a unique design.
A solid instrument with lots of volume and tone quality.
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