Monday, January 31, 2011

Vintage Ukuleles and other Cool Stuff

Here at Wood & Wire, we've got more than guitars. Today I decided to post a couple of interesting pieces that fall under the "miscellaneous" heading but are definitely cool finds. First off, here's a trio of vintage Ukuleles - the one the left is a Mauna Loa from the forties, the middle one is a Harmony from the fifties, and the one on the right is a Regan (don't know the era). The Harmony has a lot of charm and appeal - it also has a fretboard made of plastic, but it actually plays pretty good. All of these are soprano ukes, and are surprisingly loud and present for their size.

Here's something you don't see every day. This art deco-looking Ampro speaker cabinet may have originally been designed to be used with a PA system or an old movie projector, but it's now loaded with a modern 12' Weber speaker and it wails when you plug an amp into it. You can even unlatch the back to convert it to an open-backed cab for more versatility. Very, very cool.

Ok, just guess.

Still stumped? It's a NOS (new old stock) Conn Strobotuner. This is the heavy-duty ancestor of the electronic tuners you see today, a lunchbox-sized brick stuffed with glass tubes and circuits. It's supposed to be much more accurate, though, like if you ever need to discern the pitch of a gnat's sneeze from across the room.

Well, there you go. Some of the neat stuff we've got lying around - alright now, back to the guitars!