Banjo Ukulele or Banjolele

The banjolele (brand name; sometimes banjo ukulele or banjo uke) is a four-stringed musical instrument with a small banjo-type body and a fretted ukulele neck. "Banjolele," sometimes also spelled “banjelele’ or “banjulele’ is a generic nickname given to the instrument, which was derived from the ‘banjulele-banjo,’ introduced by Alvin D. Keech in 1917.

Aria Guitars

Aria Guitars Manufactures

Aria now has the D’Aquisto name and is making a series of guitar based on the same original D’Aquisto models. Here is the D’Aquisto DQ-JZ model after Jim Halls Jimmy D’Aquisto built guitar. [ link: www.ariausa.com/daquisto/index.html ]

Mya-Moe Ukuleles

Mya-Moe Ukuleles Luthiers

2018 Update: Cary Kelly, is the new owner & builder of Mya-Moe Ukuleles.

Tin Pan Ukuleles

Tin Pan Ukuleles Luthiers

Having spent the greater part of my adult life exercising the left side of my brain–I received a PhD in American Studies at the University of Iowa and have taught at various colleges for the past 20 years–I decided several years ago it was time to strike a balance. I began to pursue a long-time interest in woodworking and have since been laboring toward a total career shift. With any luck, I’ll have achieved that shift before I reach retirement age.

Oscar Schmidt by Washburn

Oscar Schmidt by Washburn Manufactures

The Oscar Schmidt Company was founded in 1871 and incorporated in 1911. By the early 1900s, the company had five factories in Europe and a factory on Ferry Street in Jersey City. They made all kinds of stringed instruments, guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, zithers, and Autoharps®.

Magic Fluke Company

Magic Fluke Company Manufactures

The Magic Fluke Co. was started by Dale and Phyllis Webb in 1999 in the basement of our home in New Hartford Connecticut. Dale was inspired and encouraged by Phyllis’s brother Jim Beloff, an accomplished musician and guitarist who discovered the uke a few years earlier. Jim realized anyone interested in playing the uke back then had very little to choose from in the way of available music or instruments and in 1992, he incorporated as Flea Market Music and released the first of many music books and videos.

Kala Brand Music Company

Kala Brand Music Company Manufactures

Mike Upton is the founder of Kala Brand Music Co. in northern California. Established in 2005, Kala builds 120-plus models of ukulele, including travel and bass variations.Kala and Makala brand of ukuleles.

Beansprout Musical Instruments

Beansprout Musical Instruments Luthier

Aaron will be Beansprout Musical Instruments in early 2018.

Gold Tone Instrument Company

Gold Tone Instrument Company Luthiers

Gold Tone Banjos, located in Titusville, Florida was founded by Wayne and Robyn Rogers in 1993. Active folk musicians in the 70’s and 80’s, they opened Strings N’ Things Music Center in 1978. In 1993 Wayne designed the original TB-100 Travel Banjo and began manufacturing and distributing the “Traveler” mail order. After a wonderful review by Banjo Newsletter, the TB-100 became very much in demand. As the company grew, new innovations were combined with proven vintage designs. Dealers and customers continued to request quality banjos in a reasonable price range and soon Gold Tone’s collection included 5 strings, 6 strings, Banjitars, Mando Banjos, 4 strings, Weissenborns, metal bodies, resonator guitars and mandolins.

Spanky Banjo Ukes

Spanky Banjo Ukes Banjolele

Spanky Banjo Ukes are built by luthiers Dan Fobert and Phil Morris. Combining Phil’s longtime love affair with the ukulele and Dan’s creativity and innovative construction techniques, with input from other uke players they have developed an idea for an instrument built in the traditional way but utilizing up to date features. Spanky Banjo Ukes use a longer, wider concert scale length neck for easier play and a synthetic head to eliminate the problems natural skin heads have with changes in humidity. The advanced Renaissance and Fiberskyn head materials produce a mellow natural tone while maintaining plenty of banjo volume and punch.

Todd Korup, the Uker of OZ

Todd Korup, the Uker of OZ Luthiers

Well let's see. First and foremost I am a husband and father of 3 awesome kids. I love music, art, classic designs and building things. I love things made of fine wood and metal including classic cars, old buildings, old tools and machines, longboard skateboards and of coarse.instruments. The art of luthier has brought all those things together in a very rewarding way.

WaverlyStreet Ukuleles

WaverlyStreet Ukuleles Plans

WaverlyStreet Software has been producing practical, easy-to-use programs for home and office since 1996. We use the “Shareware” distribution concept, which means that you can download fully-operational packages and try them out for a period of time while deciding whether or not to purchase. If you like the program, you can register on-line via credit card (or through surface mail) and receive a registration code which makes the program YOURS, without having to download anything else or re-install the software!

Gourd Banjos

Gourd Banjos Banjolele

To construct all my banjos, I try to find the finest materials available . Your banjo will truely be one of a kind because these instruments are made from gourds grown in the fields of Casa Grade, Arizona. Some of the gourds that I use measure up to 3/4” thick, making them ideal for a carved surface. Also, thickness does have a factor in the tone of the instrument.

George Banjos

George Banjos Banjolele

George Banjos is located in historic, scenic Somerville, Tennessee, just a few blocks away from the court square and town center. It is located just shy of midway between Memphis and Jackson.

Small Wonder Banjos

Small Wonder Banjos Banjolele

My fascination with banjos was first sparked in 1975 when I discovered the joys of old time music while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Soon I was repairing and restoring great old instruments, and after settling in Seattle, I began designing and building my own banjo-family instruments in 1985. I am especially fond of the the late 19th century banjo aesthetic, and at the same time I enjoy taking banjo design in playful and humorous directions. I’ve had a lot of experience creating custom inlays, including: skeletons, lizards, frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, crows, cats, llamas, hens, roosters, burning candles, and floral motifs. I have built open backed 5 string Banjos (both 11in, and 12in rims) minstrel banjos, banjo-guitars, and banjo-ukes (using both standard banjo construction, and my unique “neck-through” body design).

Eddy Finn Ukuleles

Eddy Finn Ukuleles Manufactures

From the distinctive soundhole resonance to the exotic woods used to hand craft each one to tonal perfection, every one has a song waiting to be played. Pick up an Eddy Finn and it's like a blast of warm sea air hitting your senses. Hand set ocean abalone, fishbone, herringbone's all here. But the truth? It has to sound great first or it's just a decoration hanging on a wall. Nobody wants that. At the core it has to be musical. It has to breathe.

Deering Banjo Company

Deering Banjo Company Banjolele

Founded in 1975 by Janet and Greg Deering, we are proud to have grown to become the largest manufacturer of banjos in America. Whether you are a novice or a professional, there is a Deering banjo for you! Find the perfect banjo or banjo accessory.

Banjo Uke Kiwi

Banjo Uke Kiwi Banjolele

We are located in township of Russell, a picturesque township in the Bay of Islands along the Northland coast of New Zealand. Russell is renowned both as a fishing centre and as a holiday town with many historical interest.

Related Links

  • WidipediA:The Banjo Ukulele
  • The Banjo Ukulele Haven
  • World of the Banjo Ukulele

    Great site with a lot of history on the bajo ukulele. Especially from the perspective of the United Kingdom, Great Britain where the banjo was wildly popular. thanks to George Formby.

  • WidipediA:George Formby, Jr.

    George Formby, Jr., OBE (26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961) was an English singer and comedian, famous for playing the banjolele, a banjo-like instrument, and performing a variety of light, comical songs. He would eventually become a popular star of stage and screen.

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