|Skylark Brand Ukulele - Front|
|Skylark Brand Ukulele - Back|
Below is the logo that appears on a sticker inside the ukulele.
I discovered just now that the Skylark brand is owned by China National Light Industrial Products and was registered in 1980. I don't know if this helps to date the ukulele?
|Skylark Brand Ukulele - Made in the People's Republic of China|
There is no model number on the ukulele. The only Skylark model I can find on the internet is the MY-109 which looks the same as this one, only the 109 has a picture on the front of a long-haired man playing a ukulele beneath palm trees next to the word 'Hawaii'. Sweet! But not as sweet as my one! Ha ha!
|Skylark Brand Ukulele - MY-109|
Update: I've spotted a MY-103 for sale in Australia. This has palm trees and a rainbow with 'Hawaii' on the front. It looks like a newer ukulele altogether with modern tuning pegs and 'real' frets.
|Skylark Brand Ukulele - MY-103|
Update #2: I've spotted another one: a MY-122 for sale in Thailand. It looks like it's the same as the 103 but with different tuning pegs. And, I'm not sure if it's the picture that is distorted, but to my eyes, this looks too big to be a Soprano. Dunno?
|Skylark Brand Ukulele - MY-122|
Update #3: One more: a MY-168, again from Thailand. Spot the family resemblance?
|Skylark Brand Ukulele - MY-168|
Update #4: I hope nobody minds me reposting random photos from the internet! You might recognise your carpet in the photo below. I thought it was interesting to post because it contains the original Skylark box.
|Skylark Ukulele Box|
Update #5: Just spotted this post on the Ukulele Underground forums. Made me laugh. Nice one fergs1!
|Skylark Uke Owners Club - Just Kidding!|
Update 27-Aug-2012: All the Skylarks are coming home to roost! I'm not sure what has prompted this, but a number of you are coming clean and confessing that you own a mighty Skylark. Strum your Skylarks with pride brothers and sisters! It does seem like most of the Skylarks we're discovering have something wrong with them. Oh dear! Never mind... we can fix all of this! I've asked for photos from a number of you and the offer is still there: If you own a Skylark and are willing to share some photos then please send them to me and I'll add to this post (email address in the comments). Together we can build a shrine to Skylark!
Here are some photos of CB's Skylark MY-103. Thank you CB. Didn't she do well!
|Skylark MY-103: Front and Back|
Update 27-Aug-2012: Gin Cameron has been kind enough to provide us with a picture of her Skylark MY-107 and box. Save the colour of the pegs, this looks a lot like mine! She's a beauty!
Ha ha Gin... I think that the "fishing line" is the original nylon string that the uke comes with! On using fishing line: I found this fantastic snippet about stringing banjos with nylon fishing line. People actually do it! Check it out on this banjo post. Give the tuners a gentle tap with a hammer and it should put them right (for a while). Thank you for sharing this picture with us!
Update 22-Nov-2012: Keith Hunniford, the Grand Poobah of Skylark ukulele has been kind enough to share with some brilliant photos and an equally brilliant story.
Update 6-Apr-2013: I am very pleased to be adding the next Skylark to the list. This one is courtesy of Michael Sullivan. Thank you Michael!
Here's a first! Michael has put together a sound check for us. I think I recognise the tune ;-P