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May 27, 2022 - 1:12:37 PM
2 posts since 5/27/2022

I have an old banjo ukulele which is puzzling me with regard to the maker. It has GW TEMLETT MAKER LONDON stamped on the side. Now I know there was an English banjo maker named William Temlett, and I know he had a son W E Temlett (William Temlett Junior) who also made banjos, but neither of them made ukulele banjos as far as I know. But GW? Who is that?! Can anyone help me? If 'GW' is William Temlett Senior, then the history of the ukulele banjo will have to be revised! Many thanks.

May 27, 2022 - 2:06:57 PM

374 posts since 2/11/2009

Pictures will help enormously.

May 27, 2022 - 3:15:40 PM

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...Possibly an altered neck from a Temlett  piccolo banjo to create a banjo ukulele?  What is the scale & head size?

Edited by - tdennis on 05/27/2022 15:18:54

Jun 5, 2022 - 11:49:37 AM

2 posts since 5/27/2022

Thank you for your replies, guys. I'm hopeless with modern tech, hence no photos yet. When I've learned how to do it I'll post some. I've heard of William Temlett (Senior) and WE Temlet, but 'GW Temlett'? Who was that? I'm certain mine isn't a piccolo banjo. I know nothing about scale, unfortunately, please pardon my musical ignorance, but I do know the drum is from an English Zither-Banjo made by William Temlett Snr. The vellum is 7 and 3/4 inches across. There are 15 fret bars, and the fretboard is 10 and 3/16 inches long. The name W Kirby is on the headstock and I do know there was a well known banjo player in London called Will Kirby in 1910.
It's still a mystery. More information when I get my act together a bit better.
All good wishes,
Black Jake of Norwich, England.

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