View Full Version : ukulele vs banjo uke

09-16-2010, 06:10 AM
I am buying this one in the next few days http://cgi.ebay.com/GOLD-TONE-Banjolele-DLX-deluxe-Banjo-Ukulele-NEW-w-HSC-/110538174224?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bc96af10....I know they tune the same but can I pick up any uke book and be able to play the banjo uke the same way.

dave g
09-16-2010, 06:12 AM
Yes, you certainly can :)

09-16-2010, 06:54 AM
In a nutshell, yes you can. They tune, and play the same. The difference is a much different sound, and as you play you might differ your playing style some as you learn the differences, and how they sound with any specific song. I have both, and play certain songs with the Banjo Uke because I like that specific rag time type of sound for that specific song, and other songs, it doesn't quite sound right. So, as you play, you will find you play them differently due to personal tastes, and song types. But again, in a nutshell, they play, and can be played just the same.

09-16-2010, 07:05 AM
The banjo uke you are looking at is a bit heavy with the resonater. You can get it from gold tone directly without a resonator and the fingerboard is the same as a soprano uke. There are concert scale banjo ukes out there that might be cheaper. I have a tyler mountain banjo uke that has better tuning pegs and is cheaper but looks like it was made in the same factory. If you google banjo uke you could find a better deal. But Gold Tone is a very good company and is easy to deal with. When I bought mine they didn't have the concert scale models available. You can play one just like a regular uke or play it claw hammer like a banjo or Scrugs style with fingerpicks. It is great for country and blugrass songs or folk songs. I have a review on you tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZbrdT7kORU

09-16-2010, 07:27 AM
ty brudda turdorp...doing lil more research but i love the look and sound of them

09-16-2010, 07:29 AM
yeah i figured it would be heavier but i love the look of it...loved the review gave me lots of information...i know later i can take the resonator off but it does look good.

Ahnko Honu
09-16-2010, 09:38 AM
I like this banjolele made in USA and competitively priced: http://www.wsukes.com/154/u154.html

09-16-2010, 09:41 AM
I love mine

Oh and nice to see you out and about on the forum Tudorp

09-16-2010, 12:47 PM
The Gold-Tone is a nice banjo uke at a decent price. Enjoy it.

09-16-2010, 12:47 PM
for the price you're willing to pay for that gold tone, you could go vintage.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/1920s-Oscar-Schmidt-Vintage-Banjo-Ukulele-folk-art-/180559329431?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a0a2cb897#ht_500wt_906 this one needs a bit of love, but it's so worth it. i just restored a turn of the century 5 string banjo, and trust me, there's nothing like the connection you have with your instrument after bringing it back from the dead.

09-16-2010, 12:50 PM
http://cgi.ebay.ca/1920s-Savana-Banjo-Ukulele-vgc-case-/280563071684?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Sting_Instr uments&hash=item4152dcbac4#ht_500wt_906

09-16-2010, 01:46 PM
I love mine

Oh and nice to see you out and about on the forum Tudorp

Thanks brudda, I am trying to get out more.. ;)

09-16-2010, 02:54 PM
well I do have one vintage banjolele...its before 1920

09-16-2010, 03:00 PM
Mainlands coming out with a very nice one that isn't so bottom heavy. Alan did a review of it on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0DVC7fqxcQ

Hippie Dribble
09-16-2010, 03:33 PM
I agree with chad.

Also, if you're after a new one, I'm a huge fan of Bean Sprout banjo-ukes made by Aaron Keim. Great sound and beautiful to look at: