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2006 Traugott R cutaway, German/Brazilian

New Collings Eastside LC, Tobacco sunburst

New Recording King RP1-16C Torrefied Top

Rock Your Uke with Greg Vaughan - 9-week group class
with Greg Vaughan
  Next Week Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Rock Your Winter Uke!

Greg's popular Thursday night class begins Jan 29th
Old Time Fiddle Workshop
with Charlie Walden
  Next Week Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Bluegrass Banjo Intros, Ending & Hot Licks!
with Bill Evans
  Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Backup Essentials and Sounding Great At Your Next Jam
with Bill Evans
  Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Bottleneck Slide Guitar
with Pete Madsen
  Sat, Mar 07, 2015

Fingerpicking the Blues
with Pete Madsen
  Sat, Mar 07, 2015

Oh Those Charming Venetians

Imagine our surprise when two different ukulele-family "La Venecia" instruments showed up here at the same time. The decoration on the face of the uke is definitely a decal, and while the scene on the banjo-uke's skin head is both larger and more complex it's still not hand-painted. It's fun to look at the two scenes and note all the differences, as lots of little details on the banjo-uke are missing from the scene on ukulele.

The banjo-uke was made by J. R. Stewart, one of several big factories in Chicago that made instruments sold under a number of different trade-marks owned by Lyon & Healy, the parent company of Washburn. We're assuming the uke was made by J. R. Stewart as well but can't be sure. The little banjo was much more expensive than the uke, but Americans' fascination with Venice-themed instruments didn't stop with small-fry like these and Gibson marketed some very expensive 4-string banjos with scenes of Venice etched into the celluloid fretboard. Gibson, however, called their banjo the Florentine, making us wonder if they got Florence and Venice mixed up. All of these Venetian-themed instruments are from the late-1920s-1930s era.

Daisy Rock Guitars

Are you looking a sparkly and/or bright pink guitar? Gryphon is happy to announce that we're now be stocking Daisy Rock Guitars. These acoustic and electric guitars are designed for girls and are just plain fun.

Are Your Appraisals Up-to-Date?

Each year we do more and more appraisals. Whether for insurance purposes, estate planning, or just plain curiosity, Gryphon's own Richard Johnston can help you ascertain the current value of your instrument. To learn more about having your instrument(s) appraised and to check out a few of Richard's appearances on PBS's Antiques Roadshow, click here.

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