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132 pages

Pulp Classics, Ghost Stories June 1931 Issue

Creator: Conrad Richter, John Gregory Betancourt, E H Heron | Fiction - 2004-01-30

Own and play a "Bradley" Hawaiian Ukulele or a Banjo Ukulele. Get Into the swiml Whenever people get together you will ... Banjo Uke is made in handsome oak finish, with real calfskin head. THake money-win} Musicians are paid liberally.

Publisher: Wildside Pr

About this book
A reprint of the June 1931 issue of the classic pulp magazine, GHOST STORIES, which features contributions from Conrad Richter (best known as the author of THE LIGHT IN THE FOREST) and a story by E. and H. Heron (pen name for Mrs. Kenneth and Mr. Hesketh Prichard) featuring their psychic detective, Flaxman Low.



107 pages

Ukulele Heaven - Songs from the Golden Age of the Ukulele

Creator: Ian Whitcomb | Music - 2000-01-01

The BANJO-UKE Study the diagram of the Banjo-Uke carefully. Memorize the name of every part so that you will be able to understand the instructions that follow. As with the Ukulele, beginners are advised to secure an instrument of good ...

Publisher: Mel Bay Pubns

About this book
A wonderful tribute to the ukulele and its leading advocates, past and present. Contains seventeen classics and eight new tunes as well as an in-depth historical essay illustrated with original sheet music covers. Classic selections include: Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go with Friday on Saturday Night?; All That I Ask of You Is Love; They're Wearing 'Em Higher in Hawaii; Sierra Sue; Any Time; Pasadena; Somebody Stole My Gal; Blue; and more. All tunes are shown with complete lyrics and chord diagrams. Includes a select discography of CD's featuring ukulele artists and a list of uke web sites.



344 pages

Popular Mechanics

1926-04

YOU CAN PLAY THE TENOR BANJO, UKULELE, GUITAR, BANJOLELE, MANDOLIN AND BANJO Now you can play your favorite stringed ... Fun From the Start With an Instant Playing Tenor Banjo, Ukulele, Guitar, Banjolele or Mandolin you need no special ...

About this book
Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs and influences readers to help them master the modern world. Whether it’s practical DIY home-improvement tips, gadgets and digital technology, information on the newest cars or the latest breakthroughs in science -- PM is the ultimate guide to our high-tech lifestyle.


Vintage (Pre-1980) Directory

Banjo Ukulele, Banjo Ukuleles, Banjo Uke, Banjo Ukes ...
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Banjo uke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.

BUC (Concert Banjo Uke) by Gold Tone
The new Concert Banjo Uke (BUC) is an affordable alternative to the Gold Tone Banjolele series now available in a concert scale length (15-1/2").

Banjo Ukuleles - Lark In The Morning
Banjo Ukulele / Banjolele Combining quality uke craftsmanship with a banjo body, the Banjolele achieves more volume while keeping that distinctive uke sound.

The Banjo Ukulele
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  • Eddy Finn

    Eddy Finn Banjolele Series EF-UB-1 Ukulele, Mahogany Brown

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    Rating (10 reviews):
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    Eddy Finn

    Not a good purchase!!!

    0 1/5 Taylor (North Carolina, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Eddy Finn Banjolele Series EF-UB-1 Ukulele, Mahogany Brown (Electronics) I am a music teacher and I want to start a uke program. I wanted to buy a banjo uke to use in class. When I got the instrument I was so excited. Unfortunately I could not get the instrument to tune correctly. On banjos the bridge will most often be the problem with intonation so I attempted to set the bridge in place...with no luck. I then took it to a local music shop to see if anyone could help me. They took a look and said it was a cheeply made banjo uke and the reason it will not tune right is NOT due to the cheep strings or the bridge but because the neck was both straight and concave. On string instruments the neck should be either all straight or all concave it should NOT BE BOTH! So DO NOT buy this instrument it is not worth the money!! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 23, 2013

    Two time loser

    0 1/5 Teacher Peter - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Eddy Finn Banjolele Series EF-UB-1 Ukulele, Mahogany Brown (Electronics) I read the reviews on this banjo ukulele, and they were sterling. Too bad the product wasn't. The first one came delivered in two boxes. The outer box was smashed on one side. The inner box looked o.k.,so I opened it.The tail piece was out of alignment. The instrument could not be tuned. One of the strings was slipping off to the side as a result of alignment problem. It was a mess. I sent it back and had them send me another banjo ukulele. This one arrived in a UPS bag, with the instrument in a box. It seemed to be o.k. but when I opened it up, I found that the white vellum head was out of alignment. It had machine oil all over the tuning gears making it impossible to tune also. The bridge was not grooved deep enough so that one of the strings keep slipping out. I sent it back as well. What a disappointment. This banjo ukulele was a birthday present from my wife. I'm waiting to see how long it will take to get all my money back. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 25, 2013

    love it!

    0 5/5 em "emelie" (ca) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Eddy Finn Banjolele Series EF-UB-1 Ukulele, Mahogany Brown (Electronics) Great quality for the price! I love my banjolele!! Could maybe use a string upgrade, but other than that this is such a high quality, sturdy instrument. Such fun to play, I recommend fingerpicking with it because that really brings out the banjo twang! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 10, 2012
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  • Kala

    Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele

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    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Kala

    Nice little banjo uke

    0 4/5 T Man (Arizona) - See all my reviews This review is from: Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele (Electronics) Just got this banjolele. it is definitely a lot heavier than any of my ukuleles, but that was expected. It has a nice sound that is definitely more banjo than uke, but the size is more uke than banjo. Exactly as expected. I really like the concert size.One thing to note about the description - on most sites the Kala concert banjo ukulele (8 inch head), is said to be an open back design. That is not the case. It has a closed back, but the plate can be removed to make it an open back. The 6 inch Soprano is an open back.Overall seems like a fun instrument to add to my ukulele collection, which I just started. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 29, 2014

    Great birthday present

    0 5/5 Jackie Schutz - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele (Electronics) My husband bought this for my birthday. He let me pick the banjole I wanted. The reviews were very helpful in picking this instrument. The strings are still stretching and it needs re-tuning often, but it sounds great and I was able to play within a few minutes after taking it out of the box! We took the back plate off of it. I've played it without a hand towel in the pan and with one as recommended by my more experienced banjo friends. It is so much fun! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 7, 2014

    Kala Concert Banjo Uke Comparison

    I 'test drove' the Kala concert along with a Gold Tone soprano and Lanikai concert banjo uke. The Kala sounded dull and didn't feel as 'playable' as the other two . . . . . . at first. However, the shop keeper changed out the original fluorocarbon strings with Aquilas - sound improved (brightened up a bit). Next we added a slightly higher bridge than the original - more improvement and removal of a fourth string buzz. Finally we tightened the brackets about a half turn or slightly more than as it was shipped (subsequently, I've tightened the head a bit more and now the sound really 'pops'). After spending an hour toodling around on all three, I ended up purchasing the Kala - I prefer the warm sound that leans more toward the ukulele end of the sound spectrum (although banjo component still clearly there). To my ear, the Gold Tone and Lanikai are decidedly more toward the banjo end of the sound range. The Gold Tone, to me, is the more 'banjo sounding' of those two, whereas the... 5/5 James P. - See all my reviews This review is from: Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele (Electronics) I 'test drove' the Kala concert along with a Gold Tone soprano and Lanikai concert banjo uke. The Kala sounded dull and didn't feel as 'playable' as the other two . . . . . . at first. However, the shop keeper changed out the original fluorocarbon strings with Aquilas - sound improved (brightened up a bit). Next we added a slightly higher bridge than the original - more improvement and removal of a fourth string buzz. Finally we tightened the brackets about a half turn or slightly more than as it was shipped (subsequently, I've tightened the head a bit more and now the sound really 'pops'). After spending an hour toodling around on all three, I ended up purchasing the Kala - I prefer the warm sound that leans more toward the ukulele end of the sound spectrum (although banjo component still clearly there). To my ear, the Gold Tone and Lanikai are decidedly more toward the banjo end of the sound range. The Gold Tone, to me, is the more 'banjo sounding' of those two, whereas the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 18, 2015
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  • Gold Tone Musical Instruments

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    It produces superior volume.
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  • Gretsch

    Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo

    Musical Instruments (Gretsch)

    Rating (9 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Gretsch

    WOW! I'm impressed!!!!

    WOW what a banjo ukulele! I'm so impressed! I have a couple of ukuleles and I wanted a banjo uke. I tried the ones at Sam Ash and Guitar Center and to be truthful they sounded like crap. Then I heard about the Gretsch Banjo uke. Good luck on trying to find one. Then Amazon had 2 of them. I pulled the trigger and ordered one on a Monday and got it on a Thursday! Quick! What a quality instrument. I took it to Sam Ash to give it a once over. Boy was the tech impressed. He said he did have to do anything to it it was set up perfectly! He thanked me for bringing it in so he could play it!!!! I can't put it down. I hold it even when I'm watch TV! The wife is kind of looking at me like I'm some kind of weirdo! She said are you going to give her a kiss! So now while I'm watch TV I have my wife next to me and my Gretsch Banjo Uke on my lap. Great quality and craftmanship on the instrument. Oh and the sound is even better! Great job Gretsch Now make some cases for it... 5/5 mactron99 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo WOW what a banjo ukulele! I'm so impressed! I have a couple of ukuleles and I wanted a banjo uke. I tried the ones at Sam Ash and Guitar Center and to be truthful they sounded like crap. Then I heard about the Gretsch Banjo uke. Good luck on trying to find one. Then Amazon had 2 of them. I pulled the trigger and ordered one on a Monday and got it on a Thursday! Quick! What a quality instrument. I took it to Sam Ash to give it a once over. Boy was the tech impressed. He said he did have to do anything to it it was set up perfectly! He thanked me for bringing it in so he could play it!!!! I can't put it down. I hold it even when I'm watch TV! The wife is kind of looking at me like I'm some kind of weirdo! She said are you going to give her a kiss! So now while I'm watch TV I have my wife next to me and my Gretsch Banjo Uke on my lap. Great quality and craftmanship on the instrument. Oh and the sound is even better! Great job Gretsch Now make some cases for it... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 9, 2012

    banjolele

    0 5/5 uncawooz - See all my reviews This review is from: Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo As a seasoned banjo and uke player, let me tell you this instrument is built like a tank. Very solid construction. The tuning keys are fine though they are friction (like a banjo) instead of geared like a guitar. As anyone who plays ukulele knows, it takes days and sometimes weeks for the nylon strings to stretch enough to stay in tune so yes, you will have to tune it frequently the first few weeks. And the friction tuners make this a little more difficult. But this is a hybrid instrument so some aspects are unique to a banjo and some are unique to a ukulele. I say, get it and have fun, but be prepared to stretch a little to accomodate this nice instrument. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 13, 2013

    nice instrument

    0 4/5 dp - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo Had to set the bridge, tighten the head and replace strings with Aquila. After doing all that, it sounded great. Husband loves it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 14, 2014
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  • Zither Heaven, LLC

    Zither Heaven Ukulele Banjo for Children and Beginners

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    Rating (21 reviews):
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    Zither Heaven, LLC

    Unbelievable value for money

    0 5/5 Antoine Boisvert (Salem, MA) - See all my reviews, November 8, 2012

    I love it

    0 5/5 James Brown - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Zither Heaven Ukulele Banjo for Children and Beginners I enjoy my ukulele banjo I'm just learning to play a ukulele, and I play my banjolele almost every day, I also play in a group, and they also enjoy it. Thanks Much J.Brown 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 14, 2012

    Awsome!

    0 5/5 Christina R. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Zither Heaven Ukulele Banjo for Children and Beginners I puchased this bango in order to introduce my son to the banjo without spending a lot of money. It looks like a toy but plays, tunes, and mimics a real banjo costing hundreds of dollars more!! My son's music teacher was very impressed. The Ukulele Banjo comes with a nice case and tuner. My son took lessons for 6 months. When he showed a true interest in the bango we then bought him "real banjo" and I kept the Ukulele to teach myself a few tunes. It is made in the USA!! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 10, 2014
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    Nylon frets and strings
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  • Dunlop

    Jim Dunlop 7828 Russell Banjo/Uke Capo

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    Rating (59 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Dunlop

    Not very well engineered

    0 2/5 Michael J. Jones (Hewitt, TX USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Jim Dunlop 7828 Russell Banjo/Uke Capo (Electronics) The way the low-tech eyelets are set into the stretch band that reaches around the neck makes it far too easy to scratch your instrument's finish. There is a flap designed to go between the eyelets and the wood, but it's a major headache to keep the flap perfectly in place at the same moment you're trying to stretch the entire thing and hook it around the instrument's neck. The 7828 is just surprisingly poorly engineered. It's too inexpensive to justify the hassle of returning it, but I don't intend to keep using it and risk scratching my ukulele. I guess I got what I paid for. I'll undoubtedly purchase a better capo. I strongly suggest that you do, too. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 7, 2011

    Does the job.

    0 4/5 Holly W. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Jim Dunlop 7828 Russell Banjo/Uke Capo (Electronics) This is a simple, cheap option for a capo. I just recieved it today and spent a few minutes playing with it on my soprano ukulele. It isn't as easy to use as other capos, but once you figure out how to use it properly it's a breeze. Another plus is that you don't have to remove the capo to put it on another fret. I'm recieving a baritone ukulele tomorrow, so I'll update if I have any issues using the capo with a different neck size.So far, I recommend it if you don't want to spend a fortune on a capo and don't mind taking an extra few seconds to put it on correctly. If you perform with a ukulele you may need something quicker to use, but using it while practicing at home it would work perfectly.Update: This capo worked well with my baritone ukulele, as well. Just make sure it's set up properly, and you're golden! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 28, 2011

    Works on a mandolin too

    I use this on my mandolin, it is easy to use once you have the trick of it, first this thing has a long end with eyelets on it (that the other reviewers fear will scratch the neck of their instruments), and a short end (designed to prevent said scratches). To use place the capo on your strings with the short end facing you, use your left thumb to hold it in place with the short end dangling just below your thumb, next loop the long end over the back of the neck using your right hand to pull it under the neck and then up toward your thumb, this will trap the short end under the long end and prevent the long ends eyelets from touching your instruments neck, now just rotate your left thumb out of the way so you can buckle the strap in place and you are all set.I prefer this capo over the other 2 I have because it is so tiny, barely bigger than the first two joints of my pinkie, and yet it does the job it was designed for, its small size means I can toss it in my mandos... 5/5 Al (Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Jim Dunlop 7828 Russell Banjo/Uke Capo (Electronics) I use this on my mandolin, it is easy to use once you have the trick of it, first this thing has a long end with eyelets on it (that the other reviewers fear will scratch the neck of their instruments), and a short end (designed to prevent said scratches). To use place the capo on your strings with the short end facing you, use your left thumb to hold it in place with the short end dangling just below your thumb, next loop the long end over the back of the neck using your right hand to pull it under the neck and then up toward your thumb, this will trap the short end under the long end and prevent the long ends eyelets from touching your instruments neck, now just rotate your left thumb out of the way so you can buckle the strap in place and you are all set.I prefer this capo over the other 2 I have because it is so tiny, barely bigger than the first two joints of my pinkie, and yet it does the job it was designed for, its small size means I can toss it in my mandos... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 7, 2012
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  • Kala

    New Kala KA-BNJ-BK-S Satin Black Soprano Banjo Ukulele Banjolele Uke

    Musical Instruments (Kala)
    List Price: $339.00
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    Design: Open Back Adds To The Authentic Vintage Tonality And Aesthetics
    Finish: Classic satin black
    Scale: Concert length (13 )
    Hoop Diameter: 6
    Banjo Head: Remo Weatherking


Vintage (Pre-1980)


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