banjo ukulele by dennis taylor
The Markendale UB3 Banjo Ukulele
Gordon Markendale from Prestatyn in North Wales started making Banjo Ukuleles in 1991. Already a maker of guitars and particularly banjos, his work was excellent. Attention to detail and consequent finish of the instruments were in general superb. He was also a repairer of all types of stringed instruments. His first attempt at the manufacture of Banjo Ukuleles was a copy of the Gibson UB2/3. The prototype was absolutely brilliant and produced a first class sound. His order book was immediately filled by members of the George Formby Society wishing to own one of the pristine instruments. Within a short time he had established a good reputation, although one had to be very patient as delivery times gradually increased, as did the range of instruments and his orders, for these classic instruments. Copies of the pre-war Abbott ‘Monarch’, the Gibson UB4 and eventually an almost ‘impossible to tell the difference’ Ludwig copy were manufactured. Many personalised models were also made. Shown here is the beautifully made copy of the Gibson UB2/3.