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Gibson UB-2 (c. 1930)


A very cool relic from the heyday of banjoleles, this wonderful little Gibson UB-2 from the late 20s or early 30s is a delight to play, behold, and hear. It's got all the chunky midrange of classic banjo ukuleles from this era, aided by a real calf skin head for a firmly authentic sound. The already bright and punchy character of the banjolele is also supplemented by the flat-back ("pie plate") resonator common to lots of these instruments when they were at their most popular in the interwar period. Cosmetic appointments on this UB-2 are fairly minimal, with no headstock overlay or fancy fretboard inlays, but there's some nice bird's eye patterning in the maple, particularly on the neck.

All the instrument's hardware is original, and the tuners and tailpiece in particular are in remarkable condition for an instrument nearing its centennial. We believe that the finish on the neck and sides has been oversprayed, but not on the resonator. All told, we consider this UB-2 to be in excellent condition for one of its vintage, and we think it would make a fine addition to the collection of anyone interested in these early Gibson esotera. Included in the price is a non-original featherlite case.

*Photos from our inventory, actual grain patterns may vary Slightly. Contact us for details.