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1950's Fin-Der Diamond Head Plastic Acoustic Soprano at Ukulele Corner
Diamond Head
USA 50s marbled plastic ukulele
Back
Ukulele
G.P.Co. Maui
Fin-Der marbled teasers hula uke ukulele
Teasers Hula Uke
1950's Fin-Der Mauna Loa Plastic Acoustic Soprano with original multi coloured strings at Ukulele Corner
Mauna Loa
Ukulele
the Lisa
Ukulele
Aloha
Ukulele
Reliable "Davy Crockett" made for Disney
1950s royal hawaiian plastic soprano at ukulele corner
Royal Hawaiian
Ukulele
with Harry Owens Signature

George A. Finder and Nino Marcelli set up a Plastic Ukulele manufacturing company in San Diego in 1950. The most famous branded product was the Diamond Head. Finder owned the patents for the design, even if production is credited to a plastic factory, and it was used on a lot of other brands of Ukulele over the next decade

The ones I have seen were predominantly white fronted with a coloured, often faux wood sort of marbled brown, back and sides. Some were entirely faux wood and some particularly the Royal Hawaiians had a painted black fretboard. There were only ever Sopranos made and it should be remembered that this was the first plastic Ukulele, production was started before Maccaferri and Finder got his patent 3 months before Maccaferri (these facts were a large part of Chris Kratt/Emenees defence in the patent court cases with Maccaferri) Distinctive on a Fin-Der Ukulele are the circular headstock logo, (it might say something different but its always circular and in the same place), the tuning pegs, the bridge and the moulding where the fret board meets the body; also no zero fret, (zero fret means Maccaferri). Another thing is about the manufacturing, but you don't see this without taking them apart, the Finder models are a two part process whereas the Emenee has four and Maccaferri's are an eight part process.

Other Fin-Der (hyphen to differentiate from Fender) designed Ukuleles I have seen are are

Brand Name Further Information
Aloha the plastic ones only
Cliff Edwards endorsed by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards, (the voice of Jiminy Cricket), to compete with Arthur Godfrey endorsed Emenees
Diamond Head The first model
G. P. Co. Maui
Kona Isle
the Lisa
Mauna Loa the plastic ones only
Nashville Superstars
Reliable a Canadian firm who didn't copy the Patent Tuning Pegs and used plastic friction ones They also did a number of Ukuleles for Disney so there are a number of Disney Character models
Royal Hawaiian the plastic ones only Endorsed by Harry Owens and sometimes featuring his signature on the soundboard. He was the musical director of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and leader of its house band the Royal Hawaiians, a top Hawaiian music act of the time - Paul Summers was also in the band for a while
Surf Rider
Teasers Hula Uke

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