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Since then there have been some custom shop Ukuleles made, certainly in the 90's, and I guess it would still be an option now if you were willing to pay enough.Unlike Martin, Gibson did produce a number of Banjoleles over the years, starting in 1924 before they made Ukuleles with the "trapdoor" range.Usually the type 1 just has a ring around the sound hole, the type 2 has some edge binding as well as the sound hole ring , and the type 3 (or deluxe) would have extras like headstock motifs, extended 17 fret fretboards, or fancy fret markers.Due to the infrequent batch nature of building there is a lot of variation in the actual builds of the Ukulele itself.However since this is already a very long entry I have a made a separate one for them.Epiphone also had a long history of Banjolele manufacture before Gibson took them over so there is another entry for the Epiphone's more historic offerings.Like Martin, (who at one stage Gibson considered buying from and rebranding - but never did), Gibson produced different levels of decoration.
With the US joining WWII and metal shortages production of the UB1 finished in 1942 and Gibson never restarted Banjolele production after the war ended.
In 1949 an early attempt at an electric Ukulele was tried by fitting special steel strings and a pickup to a Tenor.
In 1961 Gibson brought out a Baritone still in the type 1 style but some had black headstocks too.
These had a flap in the resonator at the rear to vary the sound between open and closed back and a big body for a Banjolele as they were originally based on the Banjo Mandolin but the number of strings was reduced to 4.
The neck was still narrow in Banjolin fashion and they were expensive and overcomplicated (a problem with all Gibson Banjos at the time) so in 1925 Gibson started production of the UB1, more purpose designed as a Ukulele banjo with a much smaller and simpler drum and a simple flat back resonator, (that is often lost now).