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The punchy sound of the roaring twenties revisited in this banjolele, updated with gorgeous hardwoods, and a...
Throughout the years there have been plenty of interesting new instruments invented to bring music to life in exciting new ways. Of all the instruments designed over the past 100 years, perhaps none are as peculiar as the banjolele.
First invented in 1917 by Alvin D. Keech, the banjolele is, as you probably guessed, a hybrid between a banjo and a ukulele. Combining the small scale, tuning and playing style of a ukulele with the unmistakable tone and construction of a banjo, the banjolele quickly found a small, but dedicated audience and continues to be enjoyed by fans and performers alike to this day.
If you're wondering where you may have heard the banjolele before, it's most well-known modern day usage is probably the main instrument for the theme song of the cult-classic television program Arrested Development. Additionally, George Harrison of the Beatles and Brian May of Queen have also used banjoleles on several recordings throughout the years.
In this section you'll find some really great banjoleles to choose from. Whether you're a first time player or a skilled veteran of the instrument, there's something here for everyone. For example, the U25 Banjolele from Recording King is a great introductory option, as it offers top notch construction and tone at a price that won't break the bank. Crisp and bright, this banjolele features a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, as well as a maple neck and rim. If you want to get your banjolele experience started on the right foot, no doubt that this is the instrument for you.
If you're already a skilled banjolele player who is looking to upgrade, you'll want to get your hands on the Banjolele Deluxe from Gold Tone. This professional banjolele is highlighted by a bound ebony fretboard and a full-walled maple resonator. With a captivating tone that projects brilliantly, this banjolele is definitely a treat for any player.
An instrument like the banjolele will definitely showcase your distinct style. When you find the one that's right for you, your performances are sure to captivate everyone who is lucky enough to hear you perform.