1920s Banjo Ukulele Restoration

Difficulty:  Easy

Cost:  $$$

I purchased this banjo ukulele in an unplayable condition.  It was missing 2 tuners, 2 strings, and the bridge.  At some point it was given a white paint job.  From my research, it appears to be from the 1920s. (If anyone has any additional information, please add a comment.)  I removed all of the hardware before I stripped off the paint. It was then refinished with Tru-Oil.  The vellum head was in good enough condition to reuse.  The tuner holes were large enough to install banjo-style planetary tuners without any additional drilling.  I used Worth clear fluorocarbon strings and a Grover bridge.

I’m very pleased with how this instrument turned out.  It’s my oldest instrument by far, but it still plays great.

“Before” pictures:  

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“After” pictures:

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See it in action!

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