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Up for sale is a soprano ukulele labeled S. S. Stewart. It has been around the block a few times, and has a few repairs, but plays well and has a great patina to it, and likely a pretty cool back story, if only we knew.
It seems to me that this should be the resident ukulele on an old wooden sailboat. It would be very much at home there.
I bought it in the early 1980s at a garage sale in Berkeley, California. The seller (in her 70s at the time) could not tell me much, other than that it had belonged to her grandfather.
From the little bit I can glean from the internet on S. S. Stewart ukuleles, this was likely made in the 1930s or early 1940s, at a time when the company was owned by B & J, and could have been built, under contract, by any of a number of other companies.
What I can tell you is that it is all solid mahogany, with the exception of the fingerboard, which is a thin veneer of rosewood, and the bridge, which appears to be made of a lighter, finer-grained wood (perhaps holly?), and dyed to more or less match the mahogany. It’s double bound on the top. It has bar frets, and the last fret is missing, as is a small piece of the fingerboard material by that missing fret.
There is a repaired crack in the top and another, almost the same size, on the back. Also, the heel has been glued and pegged to repair a crack there. I believe the bridge has been re-glued as well.
All that said, it solid and stable, with friction pegs that don’t slip. It plays well and sounds very good. It has the look and feel of an “old friend” instrument.
I just restrung it yesterday with Aquila Nylgut strings, with a low G, which is my preference on sopranos.
It comes with what is clearly a mandolin-sized chipboard case, but it is better than nothing.
I am offering this cool old ukulele for sale for $175, plus shipping and insurance (plus PayPal fees if applicable). Naturally, I will pay the standard 2% commission fee to The Mandolin Cafe. They provide a great service to us all.
It will be packed in an oversized, strong box, with bubble wrap between the instrument and the case, and other soft material between the case and the carton. I have a lot of experience packing stringed instruments, having shipped roughly 1000 instruments over the past 40 years, to dozens of countries around the world.
The instrument comes with a 48-hour approval period. If, within the 48-hour period, you decide that the instrument is not for you, simply return it to me in the same condition as I sent it out, with full insurance, and I will refund your purchase price, minus shipping to you and a 10% restocking fee. Buyer pays return shipping.
Payment can be made via wire transfer, PayPal or bank check. Personal checks are accepted for purchases within the USA but will require a period of up to 7 days to clear my bank. PayPal is my preferred payment method.
If you require more photos, please feel free to contact me by email, but don’t forget to first click the “Link for more information” line on the right side of the ad, below my name. There are many detailed photos of the instrument there.
Ad Number 135370
Posted: Feb 13, 2019 01:03 PM CDT
Snohomish WA 98290
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