- Nickel plated spun metal pot
- Nickel plated stepped tension hoop
- 14 Flat bracket hooks
- Markendale nickel plated tailpiece
- Genuine skin velum
- 2 foot maple and ebony bridge
- Maple neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- Ebony heel cap
- 16 frets
- 'G Markendale' signature on headstock
- Ebony faceplate on headstock
- Quality friction tuners with black buttons
- Bone nut
- Gloss finish
- Stained maple
- Ivroid external edging strip
- Straight Inside sidewalls
- Ivroid Polished centre dot
- Satin finish
That true authentic 'Formby' sound as close as you can get it...in our opinion!!
Standard Ukulele Banjo tuning gCEA. Can also be tuned aDF#B
Neck Width at the Nut - 34mm (1.338")
Scale Length Nut to Bridge - 346mm (13.622")
Resonator Diameter - 260mm (10 1/4")
Weight Approx - 1.4Kg (3.086lb)
Price includes a Deluxe Hard Shell Case
More about Gordon Markendale
Gordon Markendale from Prestatyn in North Wales started making Banjo Ukuleles in 1991.
Already a maker of guitars and particularly banjos, his work was excellent. Attention to detail and consequent finish of the instruments were in general superb. He was also a repairer of all types of stringed instruments.
His first attempt at the manufacture of Banjo Ukuleles was a copy of the Gibson UB2/3. The prototype was absolutely brilliant and produced a first class sound. His order book was immediately filled by members of the George Formby Society wishing to own one of the pristine instruments.
Within a short time he had established a good reputation, although one had to be very patient as delivery times gradually increased, as did the range of instruments and his orders, for these classic instruments.
Copies of the pre-war Abbott ‘Monarch’, the Gibson UB4 and eventually an almost ‘impossible to tell the difference’ Ludwig copy were manufactured.
Many personalised models were also made.