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Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele Tobacco Burst Ulu Design (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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

Turn your playing experience into one endless Luna de miel. Order today.

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Luna GuitarsBanjolele 8" Ukulele
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (1)

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    (2)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nicer than I expected...

Yes....this uke requires banjo set-up.....and I can't find my head tension tool, dammit! I'll probably replace the clear head with fiber skin eventually...just personal preference. I'm...Read complete review

Yes....this uke requires banjo set-up.....and I can't find my head tension tool, dammit! I'll probably replace the clear head with fiber skin eventually...just personal preference. I'm not aware of much banjo uke in Hawaiian music but this will work just fine for jug band stuff. My mancave is rapidly becoming the Stupid Deal room.

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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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5.0

Great price, great delivery, great product.

By 

from Florida

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

      For fun

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      4.0

      An average beginners instrument

      By 

      from Northern 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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          5.0

          Luna banjolele

          By 

          from Texas

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          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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            2.0

            Don't do it!!

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            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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good entry point instrument

            By 

            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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Cute, Bright and Fun to play.

              By 

              from Purcellville, VA

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                  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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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Who knew it was a kit?

                  By 

                  from Sacramento, Ca

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                  It arrived in pieces, without instructions. I had to experiment with the bridge location to get the proper tone and sound. Frustrating, but after a few hours I had it sounding good.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love my Luna Banjolele

                  By 

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Anywhere

                    Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                    This was a Stupid Deal that turned out to be a very Smart Deal! I love my Luna Banjolele. One thing I've noticed though, the D (2nd fret on the C string) seems a little sharp, even after working on tuning and bridge adjustment. I've noticed this on some other ukuleles I've played too, but have never heard anyone else say this is an issue for them. Maybe my ear is too picky! Especially for a ukulele!! Anyway, I am very happy with this instrument (but I think my husband is going to secretly unsubscribe me from the Stupid Deal of the Day emails, lol).

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A fun instrument

                    By 

                    from Finger Lakes of NYS

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                    Pros

                    • Easy Playing
                    • Good Tone
                    • Nice Balance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing
                      • Ragtime

                      Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                      On whim, I added this instrument to my uke collection and I am glad I did - at first I was concerned about some fret noise, but that went away after a couple hours of playing - now I love the brightness and tone. - It really lends itself to some of the old ragtime classics (.e.g., Aint she Sweet, 5 foot 2). A welcome addition for variety - only wish i had a pickup - but I probably will mike it as it is loud enough.

                      Last thing - it really sits well in your lap when you play - and the head is shaped nicely so you don't run into any problems with funky chords on the 1st couple frets

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Big dose of nostalgia

                      By 

                      from Reno, NV

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone
                      • Plays Like A Ukulele
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Sounds Like A Banjo
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                      • None yet

                      Best Uses

                      • Around The Campfire
                      • Backup
                      • Practicing
                      • Sing Along Parties

                      Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                      My mother taught me to play the ukulele on an instrument similar to this but of a different brand. Brings back memories of good times. This one has better tone and is more professionally constructed so it makes picking up the ukulele a breeze after 40 years. Lots of fun.

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