1920s Weissenborn Style 3

UKULELE & OTHER
$3250 CAD ($2665 USD)
Hermann Weissenborn was a German-American instrument builder who is widely credited as the father of the hollow-neck Hawaiian guitar. He was active in Hawaiian instrument building from about WWI until his death in 1937, and although he is most famous for his Hawaiian guitars, he built a wide variety of stringed instruments.

Currently on offer here is a collection of Weissenborn ukuleles dating, most likely, from the early to mid 1920s. Weissenborn ukuleles are quite rare, and it’s quite the treat to have one of each model in the shop at the same time. Presented here are Styles 1, 2, and 3. These were priced at $10, $15, and $30, respectively, in the mid 1920s. These instruments are offered individually, or as a group.

Weissenborn’s De Luxe Ukulele, the Style 3 was the fanciest Ukulele offered. It was built with highly figured Koa, an arched back, and featured rope bindings to the front, back, neck and headstock; ivoroid soundhole rosette, ebony saddle bridge, Pearl “cross” headstock inlay, 16 fret separate fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, fancier tuning machines, and the company’s most showy high gloss hand-rubbed finish. This example is in fabulous condition, apart from a minor impact wound by the heel, and is completely original. The neck has a deeper and fuller feel than the Style 1 and 2 necks. Excellent playability and tone.

With original case