Gibson Uke-1 Soprano Ukulele, c. 1928

Gibson  Uke-1 Soprano Ukulele,  c. 1928

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Gibson Uke-1 Model Soprano Ukulele, c. 1928, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This is a nice example of Gibson's most basic ukulele from the 1920s, designated the Uke-1. It is of all-mahogany construction with a natural finish, a dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard, and an ebony nut and saddle. The only ornament is a single half-herringbone sound hole ring, while the pointed-end headstock has a silver paint script "The Gibson" logo.

The black-button Grover friction tuners date this one to the 1926-29 period. Gibson was late to the uke race of the 1920s and built far fewer ukuleles than Martin and the Chicago mass-market companies. Their offerings are well-made and good-sounding instruments; a bit quirkier than Martins, but still high-grade and very playable ukes.
 
Overall length is 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm.), 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 13 1/2 in. (343 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/8 in. (35 mm.).

A nice all-original uke; there are some random dings and scrapes overall, but not a lot of play wear. One small grain crack has been repaired on the back near the bottom edge. A good-playing uke with a bright and peppy sound, complete in its original canvas case which is still in one piece. Excellent - Condition.