Project
Ukulele Banjo

Elements
Research, Restoration, Fabrication


This Banjo-ukulele was initially built in 1920 and this project involved restoration, conservation and the addition of new components.

When bought, the banjo-uke had a muddy orange varnish finish, which was clearly aging badly. This was stripped manually and in parts chemically to reveal the original wood which was refinished with danish oil and beeswax for a softer more natural feel. The worn white synthetic banjo skin was replaced with a natural goatskin. the headstock was reshaped and the badly rusted and un-usable tuning heads were replaced with a set of waverly vintage tuners. The worn patina of the body was polished but not re-plated, to maintain a sense of age and finally the instrument was re-strung with traditional gut-strings.