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.
These banjo ukuleles are an easy way to add some variety to your band or recordings. Adding a banjo ukulele in a band will help you stand out both visually and sonically. The twang goes beautifully with ukuleles and other acoustic instruments. For recordings, try adding this either in addition to a Concert uke. Pan them hard left and hard right to get a really cool sound.
If you’re looking for a Concert sized ukulele, or even just a new and unique ukulele to add to your collection, you might consider making it a banjo ukulele. A new instrument, even if only by sound, can be inspiring in a whole new way.
Each product page has a detailed audio sample of the banjo ukuleles in action, so be sure to check them out. Use headphones for best results!
With each banjo ukulele you’ll get a protective travel case that makes taking your uke with you anywhere easy. You also get a big ol' bag of free goodies, including strap, ukulele tuner, felt picks, ukulele book, and more!
As with all of our instruments, these banjo ukuleles come with a full lifetime warranty, free returns, and go through a rigorous inspection and set up process before they ship out. This gives you the absolute best product with zero risk.