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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (16)
  • Well built / quality (11)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An average beginners instrument

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...Read complete review

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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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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nicer than I expected...

By Pelu

from Augusta, GA

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

    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.

    (4 of 4 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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Luna banjolele

        By JKH

        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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cute, Bright and Fun to play.

          By Julie

          from Virginia

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          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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Don't do it!!

              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.

              (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.

                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Who knew it was a kit?

                By NevadaPlayer

                from Nevada

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                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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love my Luna Banjolele

                By Anonymous

                from Pennsylvania

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                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).

                  (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Instrument

                  By dbman

                  from Spring Hill, FL

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                      This ukulele is a great instrument. Highly suggest to anyone looking for a banjolele

                      (2 of 2 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.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A fun instrument

                        By UnoDos

                        from Finger Lakes of NY

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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

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Big dose of nostalgia

                          By torgh

                          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.

                          (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!

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Glad I didn't pay full price.

                            By none

                            from Hockessin De.

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Unusual Design

                            Cons

                            • Poor Workmanship

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                            Grossly overpriced. The bushing on the tuning machine fell out when I changed the string. Rogue would make a better one at a fifth of the price.

                             
                            4.0

                            Good for first time Banjolele

                            By Joe B

                            from Bloomfield NM

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                            Pros

                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                                I've been Playing guitar and mandolin in a Bluegrass band now for several years now, we have never had a banjo in the group, so decided to try out this bajolele. It was easy to learn to play only took me a week to get the cords down, still haven't got the finger picking down yet but it is coming along. The band members like the new sound, its got that ukulele with that banjo twang, A nice new sound to the band. The only problem I've had with this instrument is the stings keep popping out of the bridge with a little filing the slots deeper on the bridge fixed the problem.

                                 
                                4.0

                                bright, punchy sound

                                By r

                                from San Francisco, CA

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Tone
                                • Strong

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                                    Although a bit heavy (4.5 pounds), with D'Addario Titanium strings to replace the flimsy nylon strings it came with, this very beautiful instrument has a bright, punchy, loud sound which may lack complexity but the volume and crisp cheerful tone really resonates from the mahogany and maple pot. The construction wasn't perfect (the neck was a bit crooked from poor cutting and misalignment but I managed to straighten it somewhat through tightening) and is put together in China, but is a great starter banjolele well worth the price.

                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    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.

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    This is a well made instrument.

                                    By Skip

                                    from Frankfort, KY

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                                    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.

                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      3.0

                                      Fun and cute

                                      By Elgin

                                      from Northern Minnesota

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                                      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.

                                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great price, great delivery, great product.

                                      By Megamind

                                      from Florida

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Good Tone
                                      • Strong

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Luna Guitars Banjolele 8" Ukulele:

                                          For fun

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