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J.R.Stewart Banjo Ukulele

Posted by Jim Yates on Thursday, September 11, 2008

On Labour Day Weekend, Maggie and I were volunteers at the Fifth Annual Shelter Valley Folk Festival.  One of the other volunteers, Roy Williams, asked me if I'd take a look at an old banjo ukulele that he'd been given.  I was surprised to see a well built, interesting instrument that needed very little work to get it in playing condition.  It was called Le Domino and was made by the J.R.Stewart Company of Chicago.  I gave it a new bridge and nut and it plays nicely.  I'd sure appreciate anything anyone can tell me about this instrument or the J.R.Stewart Company.


 dominos on side of pot

  decal inside resonator
  dominos on back of resonator

2 comments on “J.R.Stewart Banjo Ukulele”

brokenstrings Says:
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @7:29:23 PM

It does look good.

stanger Says:
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @1:37:10 PM

"Le Domino" may have been an insturment line made by the Stewart Co. I've seen Le Domino guitars and mandolins with the same decals, That decal trim ring on your resonator was used as a soundhole rosette on the flat top guitars. I don't know much about the Stewart Co., though. Chicago had a bunch of stringed instrument companies that all made beginner to intermediate stuff that was widely sold. The last of the big Chicago manufacturers to go under in the 70's were Harmony and Kay; Regal, Stewart, and many others didn't last as long.

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