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This proved successful straight away so they extended the range in 1926 with the bigger UB2, 3 and 4 models (some say there was the gold plated UB5 too, but from the catalogues it is unclear whether this was supposed to be a extra model number or just the UB4 Deluxe?
) The 3 and 4 also got the flanged resonators and an increasing level of decoration.
And FDH are famously the only OEM reseller that still had Gibson on all of their Gibson made Guitars!
As well as FDH, Gibson did make some Recording King, Studio King, Carlsen Robinson and other brands for Montgomery Ward, some Washburn and Fascinator brand instruments for Tonk Bros; plus many other small distributors The only OEM Ukuleles that are known to exist though are some SS Stewart ones they made between 19 for Buegeleisen & Jacobson, and whilst they did make OEM Banjos for other there are no records of them making OEM Banjoleles for anyone.
It is the case with these names though that no Ukuleles or Banjoleles are believed to have used them(?
) In the 2010's as part of Gibsons expansion/diversification they again put out some new "budget" brands, Baldwin was used on Chinese made copy guitars aimed for the educational market and Maestro (which they suggest they have been using since 1935 but given their litigious nature and the number of people who have used it since, I don't think they properly registered?
Orville Gibson started making Mandolins with a carved, arched solid wood top and back, (prior to this, Mandolins had a flat solid wood top and a slatted bowl-like back), in 1894. It has been rescued again by its creditors, and with a new management and stripping back to its core business it is once again a going concern.
This design proved to be more robust that the bowl back Mandolins and was easier to mass produce so in 1898 he patented it and in 1902 incorporated his Gibson Mandolin & Guitar Co. Orville died in 1918 and Lloyd Loar became the chief luthier for the company in his place. Gibson don't currently have Ukuleles in their catalogue but from 1926 through to 1967 they made some of the worlds finest Ukuleles and Banjoleles.
Martin and Company, Gibson's prewar and wartime numbering system is extremely convoluted and often counterintuitive.
In 1949 an early attempt at an electric Ukulele was tried by fitting special steel strings and a pickup to a Tenor.
In 1961 Gibson brought out a Baritone still in the type 1 style but some had black headstocks too.
After consultation with Joe Spann, whose ongoing research into original Gibson records has shed new light on true production dates, I have now changed to a listing of banjos by year.
This listing will be subject to revision as we continue to gain more insight into Gibson's factory order numbers, serial numbers, and production practices in the prewar and wartime periods.
Gibson Ukuleles come in either Soprano or Tenor scale, (I've never seen a Concert Gibson) and are usually mahogany, (there were a very few spruce top examples made).