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Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele  Tobacco Burst Ulu Design

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The Luna Banjolele 8" Ukulele brings banjo punch to the ukulele party. It features some inspired etchings on its mahogany back. The mahogany neck has...Read More

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An eye-catching combination of banjo and ukulele that'll spike your musical punch.

The Luna Banjolele 8" Ukulele brings banjo punch to the ukulele party. It features some inspired etchings on its mahogany back. The mahogany neck has a smooth rosewood fingerboard and a 15.5" soprano scale. Tuned like a concert ukulele, this banjolele is sure to add some distinctive tones to your jams.

The etched patterns on the back of Luna's banjoleles are a tribute to traditional Hawaiian quilt design. In the early 1800's, missionaries brought woven fabrics and steel needles and taught the Hawaiian people how to make patchwork quilts. But the Hawaiians made them uniquely their own. The designs were cut from one piece by folding fabric in the same way that you would fold paper to cut snowflakes and were based on the many plants that surrounded them. Luna has chosen the KALO (taro plant) as inspiration because this plant was a sacred and an essential part of early Hawaiian life.

Luna is a line of comfortable stringed instruments made for musicians of all ages and beautifully crafted to engage minds and spirits along with talent. Getting a Luna instrument is sort of like joining a tribe. There's a great vibe among "members" and a commitment on the part of Luna to help everyone succeed in fulfilling thier dreams. There's even a Luna University of free guitar lessons online to registered owners of Luna guitars.

Gig bag sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Traditional laser etched Ulu design etched on back of resonator
  • 8" soprano mahogany resonator
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Tortoise binding
  • Maple back
  • 15.5" Concert scale
  • Chrome hardware
  • 12-piece bracket
  • 1-9/16" nut
  • Matte tobacco burst
  • Gig bag sold separately

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Luna GuitarsBanjolele 8" Ukulele
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cute, Bright and Fun to play.

Yes... It needed to be set up and yes... I have never done that before but I took my time and made a few adjustments and it sounds pretty and bright. ...Read complete review

Yes... It needed to be set up and yes... I have never done that before but I took my time and made a few adjustments and it sounds pretty and bright. The A string is temperamental but a few more adjustments and a little time for string stretching I think it will be just fine. I'm thinking of swapping out the clear head for a coated to give it more of the muted banjo sound but that is my ear preference. I just won't be able to see the pretty hawaiian design. The top of the neck seems a little thicker and rounded but is still very comfortable to play. Frets are smooth and intonation is just fine. Cute and fun.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't do it!!

There was very little that I liked about this instrument, even at the low "Stupid Deal" price, so I sent it back.
The finish is just plain ugly. The...Read complete review

There was very little that I liked about this instrument, even at the low "Stupid Deal" price, so I sent it back.
The finish is just plain ugly. The instrument is overbuilt, and as a result has very little resonance...a lot of "bark". but not resonant. The nut was cut too high, so notes were sharp when fretted. The tuners felt very cheap to me even though I have similar tuners on my Luna Tattoo uke which are fine. The stock strings are terrible...they will continue to stretch for days on end.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lovely Banjolele

By Flyankee

from Melrose, FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • My own enjoyment at jams

    Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

    A string broke at the first tuning so I bought a set of Aguila strings that afternoon and restrung it. I wish it had come with at least a gig bag since I've been totting it around to jams.

    Musician friends love it and I think it won't be the only one around soon.

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    3.0

    Banjolele

    By Dr Don

    from Memphis, TN

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

    Needs info onset up, floating bridge,
    2 strings broke on set, bought set locally.

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    4.0

    This is a well made instrument.

    By Skip

    from Frankfort, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong
    • Well made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Unique instrument use

      Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

      I was very pleased when I opened this to see the fun shape of the instrument and quality of construction. I will probably search for some better quality strings. I wish it had some sort of wrist guard, even a plastic one.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SUPER Banjolele!

      By Steve-O

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • For everyday use.

        Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

        Great look, sound and durably built!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Fun and cute

        By Elgin

        from Northern Minnesota

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good looking
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Hard to keep tuned

        Best Uses

        • Just For Fun

        Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

        Ton of fun, cute as a button but constantly needsbto be tuned.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great price, great delivery, great product.

        By Megamind

        from Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

            For fun

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            An average beginners instrument

            By JR

            from Indiana

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                I purchased this through one of Musician's Friend Stupid Deal of the Day deals. The instrument is visually nice. No complaints on the overall look of this little banjolele. It's heavier than I expected & louder than I expected. As for playing...not so good out of the box. Needed a setup. Which is to be expected with any string instrument, especially at this price point. Set the intonation the best I could, tightened the head and filed down the nut just a hair. Wasn't impressed with the stock strings so I put on a set of Aquila Red 90U strings.
                After a little work, which I consider pretty normal, this little uke sounds halfway descent. I play guitar & bass and also have a tenor uke that I like to mess around with. I wanted something different to noodle around with, and the Luna Banjolele fit the bill perfectly.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Luna banjolele

                By JKH

                from Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                  I bought this banjolele for my wife who normally plays a Cordoba solid Acacia tenor uke. We were blown away by the quality at this price (It was a one day special). I will probably do a little set up on it when it comes time for strings but, right out of the box it was perfectly playable. We have a kind of kitchen trio and the little banjolele had plenty of volume to make itself heard and harmonized quite well with the other instruments.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Don't do it!!

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                  By creekster52

                  from Dallas

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                  Pros

                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Ragtime

                  Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                  There was very little that I liked about this instrument, even at the low "Stupid Deal" price, so I sent it back.
                  The finish is just plain ugly. The instrument is overbuilt, and as a result has very little resonance...a lot of "bark". but not resonant. The nut was cut too high, so notes were sharp when fretted. The tuners felt very cheap to me even though I have similar tuners on my Luna Tattoo uke which are fine. The stock strings are terrible...they will continue to stretch for days on end.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good entry point instrument

                  By Aaron

                  from Memphis

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Factory Setup

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                    The factory setup was really poor. I liked it much better after changing the strings, tightening the drum, and adding a small drum mute.

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