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Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo from the estate of George Formby

A 1930s Gibson UB3 owned and used professionally by George Formby.

The highest claim to fame that a banjolele can hold is to have been played on film by Formby, who popularised the instrument and became internationally synonymous with it.

George Formby with Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo

This prestigious instrument appears in the 1945 film I Didn't Do It and in wartime newsreel footage; there are also numerous photos of Formby playing it on his postwar foreign tours.

At the 1961 Beryldene Auction, the uke was purchased by a Mr Ramsden, who later sold it to popular entertainer Alan Randall, who used it extensively in theatre, cabaret and broadcasts. Now, twelve years after Alan's passing, the Randall family invite offers for this unique piece of showbusiness history, which truly is one of the world's most famous banjo-ukes.

View the video for a demonstration and commentary by Andy Eastwood; contact details below.

George Formby with Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo

George Formby Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo - peghead

George Formby Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo - front

George Formby Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo - back

George Formby Gibson UB3 ukulele-banjo - in case

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