Banjo-Ukulele

Name: Banjo Ukulele.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#:
Country: Many.
Region: Many & North America.

Description: 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. “Banjolele”, sometimes also spelled “banjelele” or “banjulele”, is a generic nickname[clarification needed] given to the instrument. The earliest known Banjo-Ukuleles were built by John A. Bolander and by Alvin D. Keech, both in 1917.

History: The banjo-ukulele gained popularity during the 1920s 1930s. Combining both the ukulele and the banjo, hence its name. The development was further pushed by the need a vaudeville performers to have an instrument that can be played with the ease of a ukulele.

Tuning: One could use the standard ukulele tuning G-C-A-E or in D-tuning A-D-F#-B.

Citations: “Bolander Banjo Ukulele”, Tranquada, Jim 2012. The Ukulele: a History. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 37–39. ISBN 978-0-8248-3544-6. Whitcomb, Ian 2012. Ukulele Heroes: The Golden Age. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Books. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-4584-1654-4.