SERIAL NUMBER LIST OF GIBSON BANJO UKULELES

With the exception of the UB trapdoor banjo ukes, and the three late 1930s instruments made for export, I've only seen or heard of serial numbers on the UB-4 and UB-5 models produced by Gibson. I started compiling this list a couple of years ago to get an idea of how many banjo ukes Gibson made over the years. My original intent was to not include the UB models, but when I decided to put this list on the web site it seemed appropriate to list them also.

Undoubtedly there are many more Gibson banjo ukes that I don't know of. If you have one, information would be greatly appreciated for inclusion on this list.

Pre 1925

11001-A1

11159A-13 UB (trapdoor)
11159A-29 UB (trapdoor)

11192A-40 UB (trapdoor)
11192A-45 UB (trapdoor)


112224A-5 UB (trapdoor)


11226A-26 UB (trapdoor)

 

1925

8079-14 UB (trapdoor)

1926

8457-3 UB-5 SN chalked on resonator and stamped in rim
8457-5 UB-4 SN chalked on resonator and stamped in rim
8457-20 UB-4
8457-30 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator

8457-40 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator
8457-44 UB-4
8457-45 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator


8498-10 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator and rim
8498-13 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator
8498-15 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator
8498-30 UB-4 SN on rim and resonator
8498-46 UB-5 Gold plated. (this was described on a dealer's site as "refinished and replated" which                                 begs the question, how can you tell that it isn't a UB-4 that has been gold plated?)


1927

8597-16 UB-4 SN on rim and resonator
8597-42 UB-4
8597-43 UB-5
8597-52 UB-4 SN on rim and resonator
8597-53 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on resonator
8597-84 UB-5 Gold plated; SN on rim and in two places on resonator

8597-94 UB-4 (no resonator; don't know whether as ordered or resonator removed)
8597-96 UB-4

8695-89 UB-4

8818-19 UB-4
8818-24 UB-5
8818-83 UB-5

 

1928

8945-9 UB-5
8945-11 UB-5

1935

F380-16 UB-5
F380-25 UB-5 (the serial number and MADE IN THE U.S.A., indicating that it was made for export, are stamped on the back of the peghead)

1936

800-2 UB-5. Serial number in two places and "MADE IN THE U.S.A." label, per eBay seller.

1937 and later

F2046-4 UB-3 Short Scale, S. Africa Export Model; dot inlay
F2046-34 UB-3 Short Scale, S. Africa Export Model; dot inlay
F2046-76 UB-2 Short Scale, S. Africa Export Model; dot inlay

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