10 July 2010
Unknown Banjo Ukulele
I haven't got a clue what brand this Banjo Ukulele is. Please let me know if you have any ideas. It had obviously been dropped before I got it; The base had a couple of sizeable cracks. I decided just to glue them and sand it flat.
Given how thin the neck is, I'm thinking that this is actually a novelty piece or a toy.
The base had a wooden backplate that was held in with nails. Each had a small rivet-like neck that kept a small gap for the sound. Unfortunately one nail had been lost and the backplate was bursting open. As I searched the internet trying to find out more about this Ukulele I came across a picture of an LA Pacific model which looks pretty similar. Interestingly, it looks like the LA Pacific has a sealed back with cutaway fs instead. So that's what I decided to do here. It was a bit of a hamfisted effort, but the results aren't too bad.
I toyed with sticking an LA Pacific logo on the head, but decided against it in the end. Here's the logo I crafted in case it is any use to you: