Gibson UB-2, the “Gladys Guerin”

The ukulele-banjo, or UB, was one of the most popular banjo-family instruments produced by Gibson in the years before World War II.  The vast majority of these instruments were lower-priced models and bore no factory order or serial numbers, making precise dating impossible.  The UB-2 of 1926-1940 was the next-to-the-least-expensive ukulele banjo offered by Gibson.  This example was owned by Gladys Guerin (13 October 1908-14 November 1996) of Kokomo, Indiana; Mrs. Guerin was an artist and provided the period illustration on this UB’s calfskin head.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bohr.