Banjo ukuleles are a fun mix between traditional Bluegrass and classic Hawaiian instruments. You get the playability and feel of a traditional ukulele, with the country twang of a banjo. These are truly unique instruments that have a home in any collection.
All of our banjo ukuleles feature a standard ukulele neck and fretboard. The really interesting part is the banjo body. This is the same type of body you’ll see on an actual banjo with a wood hoop. That wood is a multi-ply Maple. It’s constructed in a similar way to how drums are constructed. The process gives you a durable hoop that resonates cleanly.
These banjoleles as they’re often called, are “open backed”. I prefer this because it clears up some of the muddiness you can get with closed back banjo ukuleles. It features a traditional style Remo Fiberskyn skin to help give it that classic banjo type tone.
Banjos and ukuleles are naturally twangy instruments, but these are actually pretty well balanced in tone. The woods used in the neck, fretboard, and hoop really do add some warmth and low end to the instrument.
If you’re wondering how to play a banjo ukulele, it’s really easy. You can strum along like you might on a traditional ukulele, or work on a clawhammer rolling technique (both sound really good).
These are all Concert ukulele sized and follow the same scale length. There isn’t a learning curve because it feels like playing a Concert ukulele. The banjo ukulele tuning is the same as the concert ukulele tuning: GCEA. You won’t notice much of a weight difference between these banjo ukuleles and Concert ukuleles. These feel good in your hands and with a strap.