Banjo ukulele builders, links and resources
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.
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.
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.
How one man went from chasing start-up and technology jobs in Silicon Valley to creating a thriving craftsman shop making custom ukuleles for the likes of Eddie Vedder.
( from listing's site ) - Gordon & Char Mayer are the luthiers who build all Mya-Moe ukuleles. They have combined expertise in design, engineering, music, and lutherie. They both have masters degrees in engineering. Gordon has been building guitars for 7 years. Char is a professional musician. Before building guitars, Gordon was a wood-turning artist, giving him extended knowledge of different woods & their properties. Char’s artistic bent was expressed in hand-pieced Roman shades. Together, they hand-craft each instrument, a culmination of their combined educations & experiences in engineering, art & music.
(from the Bean Sprout web site ) Finally a Banjo Ukulele that is ready for the 21st century! Bean Sprout banjo ukuleles are loud and bright but with a woody depth. Just what you need to cut through the band and get the volume you need, while producing the pleasing sound that you want!
The Bean Sprout is perfect for standard ukulele playing styles, using banjo finger-picks or for playing claw-hammer style.
The Bean Sprout is a new design that is the perfect mix of traditional and modern construction. The neck is of concert size with fourteen frets and a neck width of one and a half inches at the nut, which is wider and longer than any other banjo ukulele manufactured today. This creates not only a very comfortable feel while playing but also a very proportionate instrument, setting Bean Sprout apart from its competition.
( from listing's site ) - 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.
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.
Banjo and wood ukuleles
The new Tenor Banjo Uke (BUT) is an affordable alternative to the Gold Tone Banjolele series now available in a tenor scale length. Tuned GCEA or DGBE, this model features a maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard, geared tuners, a single adjustable coordinator rod, and plate-style resonator.
( from listing's site ) - 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.
Our family store, Funky Frets carries the line of ukuleles and accessories.
( from the Kala site ) - KALA BRAND UKULELES HAVE JUST BEGUN, BUT OUR ROOTS GO BACK A BIT.
Hawaiian Definitions of KALA (pronounced Kah’ la)
WEST COAST: 1240 Quarry St.
Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (800) 637-0477
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Lanikai Beach, Hawaii - its name means “Heavenly Ocean”… and Lanikai Ukuleles let you “ride the wave” to your own heavenly musical landscape.
Our family store, Funky Frets carries the line of ukuleles and accessories.
Durable all weather instruments.
This would be and even better instrument if it had a radius fingerboard.
I've had a few Flukes and my latest is a Koa FLuke.
The Fluke and Flea ukulele. This unique musical instrumented is made by The Magic Fluke Company in Connecticut and sold via Flea Market Music, Inc. and various instrument dealers and music stores.
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®.
The company prospered through the early 1920s. Oscar Schmidt instruments were sold in many rural parts of the country where no music stores existed. Salesmen distributed the products far and wide, making them available in general, small town furniture and dry goods stores. Country guitar pickers and blues musicians living in areas of the South and in Appalachia, far from the city, frequently played Oscar Schmidt instruments because they were both inexpensive and available locally. But equally important, they were often chosen solely on merits of their superior tone and volume.
Today at Oscar Schmidt, premium woods, quality hardware and modest prices create an ideal instrument. Each is inspected and adjusted in the USA by a skilled technician, your assurance for smooth fret ends, precision low action and resonant sound quality. Unequalled standards in easy playing comfort and tone response creates the perfect value... Oscar Schmidt.
( from listing's site ) - 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 11", and 12\' rims) minstrel banjos, banjo-guitars, and banjo-ukes (using both standard banjo construction, and my unique "neck-through" body design).
( from listing's site ) - 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.
( from listing's site ) - 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.
( from listing's site ) - 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.
( 29-AUG-2008 Update ) A great selection of videos show the Step-by-step process of building a ukulele.
(from their site) 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!
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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