banjo ukulele by dennis taylor
The Gibson Ukulele Banjo
'The Gibson Ukulele Banjo is endowed with the same high standards of quality made famous by the Gibson 'Mastertone' instruments and is offered in a range of models and prices to suit your pocket. Power and beauty of tone - accuracy- and dependability almost unbelievable in such an instrument'. So said the catalogue of the pre-thirties and it is still true today although the prices have escalated a little! Gibson made five styles of Ukulele Banjo :- Style UB-1 More of a fun instrument with only a six inch rim but packing a powerful punch for a small instrument. Style UB-2 and STYLE UB-2 De Luxe Generally finished in a light (or dark mahogany) - an excellent instrument powerful and pleasing - often called the 'Baby' Gibson. Style UB-3 Some confusion here - See page from catalogue below, the instrument has a flat back but on the right the UB-3 shown has a flange resonator fitted. Style UB-4 Again below is when the UB-4 had just been released Style UB-5 The gold plated version of the UB-4 - only $55 in 1930 - now valued at $5000 - wow!!