The Abbott Banjo Ukulele
Monarch' was an individually hand crafted instrument with many different small
design differences. Since these instruments were effectively home made, normally without
reliance on machine made parts where possible, other people were occasionally asked to
help. For example, the scalloped bezel on this instrument was made by another instrument
maker, Richard Shellard.
It has a spliced maple neck, a decorated rosewood resonator, mother of pearl inlays in the ebony fingerboard and peghead which also has geared pegs. It has fourteen bottom tensioners and seventeen frets.
It was made in 1974 for a GFS member, then sold to another GFS member for £850 in 1992 and purchased for the same price by its current owner in June1993.
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