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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 ...

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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

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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.

Banjo Ukulele
Try the Banjo Ukulele. A banjo ukulele is defined by its banjo-like body. The body has skin pulled over it, tightly, exactly like the construction of a banjo.

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").

The Banjo Ukulele
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  • The Music Link (AXL)

    Recording King RK-U25-BR Madison Banjo Ukulele

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    Rating (12 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    The Music Link (AXL)

    Recording King Banjo Uke

    I wanted a soprano banjo uke for travel. I own a couple of homemade concert scale banjo ukes, but I wanted something I could stuff in my backpack. I have played some of the older soprano banjo ukes and enjoyed playing them.The $200 price is good. I have built a couple of banjo ukes and spent about $100 for the hardware, bridge and head, so this is a great price for a real banjo with a tune-able head.The shipping and packing were excellent. It was purchased through Amazon.The painted finish is good. The frets are nicely finished. The chrome tuning machines work OK.The strings are OK, but I will put on better strings when I wear these out.The tuning head looks a bit over-sized and thicker than it needs to be. It would be nicer if it was modeled after some of the antique banjo ukes.The nut had square edges and I found my hand snagging on the edges of the nut. It took me a few minutes to round the sides of the nut with a... 4/5 BobN - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Recording King RK-U25-BR Madison Banjo Ukulele (Electronics) I wanted a soprano banjo uke for travel. I own a couple of homemade concert scale banjo ukes, but I wanted something I could stuff in my backpack. I have played some of the older soprano banjo ukes and enjoyed playing them.The $200 price is good. I have built a couple of banjo ukes and spent about $100 for the hardware, bridge and head, so this is a great price for a real banjo with a tune-able head.The shipping and packing were excellent. It was purchased through Amazon.The painted finish is good. The frets are nicely finished. The chrome tuning machines work OK.The strings are OK, but I will put on better strings when I wear these out.The tuning head looks a bit over-sized and thicker than it needs to be. It would be nicer if it was modeled after some of the antique banjo ukes.The nut had square edges and I found my hand snagging on the edges of the nut. It took me a few minutes to round the sides of the nut with a... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 27, 2012

    Banjole

    0 5/5 Jamie Walker - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Recording King RK-U25-BR Madison Banjo Ukulele (Electronics) I love my banjo uke. This wasn't the one that I wanted but it was much cheaper than the $600 one. It preforms really well and is very fun to play. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 27, 2013

    A FUN winner at a reasonable price.

    0 5/5 K. Kennedy - See all my reviews, July 12, 2014
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    10 Brackets
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  • Luna Kalo 6-Inch Soprano Banjolele

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    Kalo 6-Inch Soprano
    Rosewood Fretboard
    Mahogany Neck


  • Oscar Schmidt

    Oscar Schmidt OUB1 Ukulele - Satin

    Musical Instruments (Oscar Schmidt)

    Rating (12 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    Oscar Schmidt

    Almost a 5.

    SHIPPING:The Banjolele arrived triple boxed and on time. Thanks Amazon for the extra effort and expense.FINISH:A previous Posting discussed the quality and finish of this Product as not being up to "Washburn" standards. I kind of agree with some reservations. MY Oscar Schmidt Washburn Uke is made of Laminated Hardwood. The Finish is High Gloss. Absolutely Stunning...The Oscar Schmidt Washburn Banjolele is made of Solid Hardwood with a Redwood Satin Finish. Not a apples to apples comparison. I did find a small ding in a hard to find area of the body. Not a Biggie. The instrument was advertised a having a Satin finish. Having said all this, I expect to wood to darken with age.OUT OF THE BOXYou will find the Banjolele much heavier than the Uke. It is made of Solid Hardwood, not Laminated like the Uke. The Bridge came mounted. After some trial, I found a Happy Location just under center. This did take some time to... 5/5 Jim - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Oscar Schmidt OUB1 Ukulele - Satin (Electronics) SHIPPING:The Banjolele arrived triple boxed and on time. Thanks Amazon for the extra effort and expense.FINISH:A previous Posting discussed the quality and finish of this Product as not being up to "Washburn" standards. I kind of agree with some reservations. MY Oscar Schmidt Washburn Uke is made of Laminated Hardwood. The Finish is High Gloss. Absolutely Stunning...The Oscar Schmidt Washburn Banjolele is made of Solid Hardwood with a Redwood Satin Finish. Not a apples to apples comparison. I did find a small ding in a hard to find area of the body. Not a Biggie. The instrument was advertised a having a Satin finish. Having said all this, I expect to wood to darken with age.OUT OF THE BOXYou will find the Banjolele much heavier than the Uke. It is made of Solid Hardwood, not Laminated like the Uke. The Bridge came mounted. After some trial, I found a Happy Location just under center. This did take some time to... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 3, 2013

    Okay, but may not be worth it

    While I consider myself a beginner, I have several years of banjo experience but only around 8 months of ukulele playing (still pretty new with the uke). It happened that about 2 weeks after I got my uke, I stumbled upon the amazing and oh-so-very-intriguing banjolele. I have been saving up and finally decided to purchase the OUB1 Oscar Schmidt as my first banjolele.I had seen some positive reviews, and some negative ones about this particular banjolele, but had heard some good praise for the OS ukuleles, so I decided to give it a try. It was quite a bit of money for a student like me, but was still under the $200 mark which made it very attractive. While it is okay, I wouldn't really recommend this banjolele at the price. Now don’t get me wrong, it is a fun little instrument, there are however a few things that I will have to see about adjusting in hopes of cleaning her up a bit.The banjolele came quickly and incredibly well packaged. My living room was... 3/5 Dcs - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Oscar Schmidt OUB1 Ukulele - Satin (Electronics) While I consider myself a beginner, I have several years of banjo experience but only around 8 months of ukulele playing (still pretty new with the uke). It happened that about 2 weeks after I got my uke, I stumbled upon the amazing and oh-so-very-intriguing banjolele. I have been saving up and finally decided to purchase the OUB1 Oscar Schmidt as my first banjolele.I had seen some positive reviews, and some negative ones about this particular banjolele, but had heard some good praise for the OS ukuleles, so I decided to give it a try. It was quite a bit of money for a student like me, but was still under the $200 mark which made it very attractive. While it is okay, I wouldn't really recommend this banjolele at the price. Now don’t get me wrong, it is a fun little instrument, there are however a few things that I will have to see about adjusting in hopes of cleaning her up a bit.The banjolele came quickly and incredibly well packaged. My living room was... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 14, 2013

    Oscar Schmidt Banjolele

    0 5/5 George W (Puyallup, WA, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Oscar Schmidt OUB1 Ukulele - Satin (Electronics) I've been playing this little jewel for about a month, and can find nothing to complain about. The fit and finish are just fine, it comes with Aquila strings, so it's a great sounding instrument. You do have to place the bridge properly, as it comes separately packaged. Not to worry! Anybody can do it. Go to YouTube and look up banjolele bridge placement. I had it done in 5 minutes. Once you have the bridge set, mark the spot with a pen on each end for future reference. The size is concert, the drum is a Remo and 8", as opposed to the puny 6" ones you find on competitive brands--it looks more balanced with the neck. Excellent tuners, and a very good, projecting sound; more banjo than ukulele. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 3, 2014
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    Flame maple veneer headstock
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    Mahogany resonator
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  • Kala

    Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele

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    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    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 Kirby - 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

    Easy to play, great warm sound, solid construction

    0 5/5 VictorVon (Orlando, FL) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele (Electronics) Really enjoy playing this beauty. I decided to go with the Kala after reading a LOT of reviews - I had already purchased their U-Bass and loved the easy playability and sturdy construction. This banjolele continues in that vein.If you struggle with it staying in tune make sure you've got the bridge set correctly (search youtube videos, lots of great luthiers show you how to do it right). Play it a little every day, retuning each time, and within a week or so you'll have the strings and head stretch and it should stay in tune great. At least, that was my experience!It comes with a soft case but I don't trust it, I'll probably invest in a hardshell case...Very happy with the value and sound overall. Thanks Kala! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 13, 2015
    List Price: $449.99


  • Gold Tone Musical Instruments

    Gold Tone Banjolele-DLX Banjo Ukulele Deluxe (Maple)

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    Rating (5 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Gold Tone Musical Instruments

    Goldtone Banjolele DLX

    I purchased this Banjolele DLX based on a sentence in Goldtone's site which says "It's design incorporates an arched top which lends itself to the playing style of George Formby". More about George below. The set-up upon receipt was EXCELLENT either done by Goldtone, the distributor or the retailer. Head was properly tensioned, string height was perfect, bridge in proper position, and neck angle was correct. The physical condition was also excellent in that there were no scratches, chips, dings, etc. One of the few of my many instruments that could be taken right out of the case and played and enjoyed without tearing it apart.Some other reviews indicated the tuners would slip and the banjolele could not be kept in tune. This referred to an older design when Goldtone used vintage 'friction' type tuners. These have now been replaced with geared tuners so this is not a problem anymore. Some web retailers are still using an older picture of the Banjolele which shows the old... 5/5 BanjoGuy - See all my reviews This review is from: Gold Tone Banjolele-DLX Banjo Ukulele Deluxe (Maple) (Electronics) I purchased this Banjolele DLX based on a sentence in Goldtone's site which says "It's design incorporates an arched top which lends itself to the playing style of George Formby". More about George below. The set-up upon receipt was EXCELLENT either done by Goldtone, the distributor or the retailer. Head was properly tensioned, string height was perfect, bridge in proper position, and neck angle was correct. The physical condition was also excellent in that there were no scratches, chips, dings, etc. One of the few of my many instruments that could be taken right out of the case and played and enjoyed without tearing it apart.Some other reviews indicated the tuners would slip and the banjolele could not be kept in tune. This referred to an older design when Goldtone used vintage 'friction' type tuners. These have now been replaced with geared tuners so this is not a problem anymore. Some web retailers are still using an older picture of the Banjolele which shows the old... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 21, 2010

    goldtone banjolele

    0 5/5 incorrect address shown... - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) A wonderful instrument, well built, holds the tune, has a great sound... love it! Actually one would/could say it has a huge voice, truly a delight. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 12, 2011

    First and last banjolele

    0 5/5 Avery - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gold Tone Banjolele-DLX Banjo Ukulele Deluxe (Maple) (Electronics) these instruments /can/ be pricey... but this is one of the cases where you get what you pay for. this was my second ukulele and I wanted to get something that was just a tad bit different than the rest; so I settled on the idea of getting a banjolele. after doing a lot of research and figuring out everything that there is that makes an instrument most ideal, I found out that it was the item description for the BUS-DLX. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 13, 2013
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    It produces superior volume.
    A one-piece flange and resonator creates excellent volume and tone


  • Gretsch

    Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo

    Musical Instruments (Gretsch)
    List Price: $415.00


  • Kala

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

    Musical Instruments (Kala)
    List Price: $339.00
    Price: $249.99
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    Design: Open Back Adds To The Authentic Vintage Tonality And Aesthetics
    Hoop Diameter: 6
    Banjo Head: Remo Weatherking
    Finish: Classic satin black
    Scale: Concert length (13 )


  • Hohner/Lanikai Stringed Instruments

    Lanikai Concert Banjolele

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    Rating (8 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Hohner/Lanikai Stringed Instruments

    Great sounding instrument!

    0 5/5 Jazzy (Maple Valley, WA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Lanikai Concert Banjolele (Electronics) Lanikai Concert BanjoleleI am thoroughly enjoying this instrument. It is well constructed and sounds amazingly like a banjo. It is simple to play, just like a concert uke and I've had so many compliments on it. I like to use the banjolele when performing in a larger room because it is loud enough that it doesn't have to be mike'd. I would definitely recommend this instrument to anyone who wants to learn a string instrument and does not have a lot of musical experience. It's an easy switch from the ukulele and I enjoy having the variety for my solo performances. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 12, 2010

    Heavy lifting

    0 4/5 Santa's Elvis - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lanikai Concert Banjolele (Electronics) This Banjolele has a nice sound, but is not easy to play. Don't even try playing it standing up. It's very heavy. A lot of steel and wood. It is loud and can be played well with other instruments. I have similar instruments from the 1800s that are easier to play and sound just as good. For the same price you can buy an older one that doesn't require a workout just holding on to it. Let me add this, after owning it and having it serviced by someone who knew what they were doing...It is a better sounding instrument than I gave it credit for. After having it adjusted properly, it's tone matches it's volume. I am raising my rating by two points. It is still cumbersome, but, it rings out a sweet, heavy sound as well. Unique in it's quality. I would recommend it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 28, 2011

    Good sound with a big drawback

    0 3/5 BanjoPlayer66 - See all my reviews I purchased one of these instruments to use for various ukulele gigs. The sound is great, but the tensioning brackets are made of soft metal and can't be properly tightened. Any proper attempt to tighten the head will result in the hook straightening out--instead of pulling the tension ring down against the rim. Once I replaced the brackets with proper units, and I was able to tighten the head, the instrument came alive with huge volume and sustain. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 6, 2011
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    Aged Brass Hardware
    Custom Fitted Gig Bag Included
    Geared Tuning Machines
    Flame Maple Resonator
    Concert Sized


  • Gold Tone Musical Instruments

    Gold Tone Banjolele Banjo Ukulele (Maple)

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    Rating (1 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Gold Tone Musical Instruments

    Heavy - real wood

    0 4/5 Vicky - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gold Tone Banjolele Banjo Ukulele (Maple) (Electronics) I love the shape!, It is very heavy though, so you can't walk around with it...I guess you can, but my arm felt like it was going to fall off! Sounds like a cross between a banjo and uke - more on the banjo side. It's great for playing the deliverance song! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 29, 2012
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    Headstock Curly Maple
    Tailpiece No knot tailpiece
    Fingerboard Ebony
    Includes Resonator and Flange


  • Gold Tone Musical Instruments

    Gold Tone BUC Concert Banjo Ukulele (Vintage Brown)

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    List Price: $480.00
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    Includes hard shell case
    Features a maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard, geared tuners, a single adjustable coordinator rod, and plate-style resonator


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