Vintage Ukulele

1917 1920 CF Martin Soprano Ukulele Style 1 Mahogany Vintage Antique Rare
1917 1920 CF Martin Soprano Ukulele Style 1 Mahogany Vintage Antique Rare
$287.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 33m

VINTAGE UKULELE 1960S SOPRANO
VINTAGE UKULELE 1960S SOPRANO
$39.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 15m

Vintage 21 Unbranded Soprano Ukulele w Hard Case
Vintage 21 Unbranded Soprano Ukulele w Hard Case
$44.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 2h 41m

The ukulele, as we know it today, originated in Hawaii in the 1880s and rapidly gained popularity - mostly thanks to the enthusiastic support of King Kalakaua, Hawaii's last reigning monarch.

The instrument's basic design was derived from a small guitar called the machete, and first crafted in Hawaii by immigrant Portuguese cabinet makers.

Ukuleles now generally come in one of four sizes - each size with its own name:
* Soprano: Total Length = 21" (Playable fretboard = 13")
* Concert: Total Length = 23" (Playable fretboard = 15")
* Tenor: Total Length = 26" (Playable fretboard = 17")
* Baritone: Total Length = 30" (Playable fretboard = 19")

The original Hawaiian ukulele was the smallest of the four - the soprano - so that size is often referred to as the "standard".

The next size up - the concert - came onto the scene in the 1920s and was soon followed by an even larger size - the tenor. The baritone, the largest of the group, was developed in the 1940's.  With each size increase came deeper tone and more volume.

Officially the ukulele is classed as a "plucked lute chordophone". In the United Kingdom it is usually spelt "ukelele" and the instrument is often affectionately nicknamed just "uke".

As the uke experiences a great resurgence in popularity these days, it's interesting to see the great variety of vintage ukuleles on the market - many at excellent prices. Well-made ukuleles get better with age and it is my feeling that the good vintage models will more and more be getting snapped up by players, collectors and investors.

Here are examples of vintage ukuleles available for sale today online.  Click on the links for more information:

VINTAGE UKULELE 1960S SOPRANO
VINTAGE UKULELE 1960S SOPRANO
$39.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 15m

VINTAGE 6 STRING UKE UKULELE MANDOLIN w MOTHER of PEARL BUTTERFLY
VINTAGE 6 STRING UKE UKULELE MANDOLIN w MOTHER of PEARL BUTTERFLY
$39.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 10h 59m

Vintage 21 Unbranded Soprano Ukulele w Hard Case
Vintage 21 Unbranded Soprano Ukulele w Hard Case
$44.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 2h 41m

Vintage Maccaferri Islander Ukulele in Box
Vintage Maccaferri Islander Ukulele in Box
$60.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 5h 57m

RARE MARTIN UKULELE with case Uke vintage
RARE MARTIN UKULELE with case Uke vintage
$570.00 (41 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 30m

Vintage Kamaka Pineapple Ukulele Early 1930s Patented 1928 74178 Hawaii Hawaiia
Vintage Kamaka Pineapple Ukulele Early 1930s Patented 1928 74178 Hawaii Hawaiia
$695.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 8m

Authentic Original Antique Vintage Ukulele The Harmony Company Chicago USA
Authentic Original Antique Vintage Ukulele The Harmony Company Chicago USA
$34.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 32m

ANTIQUE UKULELE INLAID BANDED 8 STRING OLD MUSICAL STRINGED VINTAGE
ANTIQUE UKULELE INLAID BANDED 8 STRING OLD MUSICAL STRINGED VINTAGE
$79.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 2m

1917 1920 CF Martin Soprano Ukulele Style 1 Mahogany Vintage Antique Rare
1917 1920 CF Martin Soprano Ukulele Style 1 Mahogany Vintage Antique Rare
$287.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 33m

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