banjo (ukulele)


Pictures and Videos

Zigarrenkisten-Banjo in Kopenhagen
cigarbox ukulele Banjo in Copenhagen (2016)
Postkarte mit Banjo-Ukulele
Postcard with Banjo-Ukulele (Frankreich/France? ca. 1940)
Vorderansicht einer Resonator-Banjo-Ukulele Marke Glee Club
Front view of a resonator banjo ukulele of the glee club brand (1930)
George Formby spielt seine Banjo-Ukulele zur Unterhaltung von Truppen in der Normandie
George Formby playing his banjo ukulele while entertaining troops in Normandy (1940).
© IWM (B 8265)

Normally a banjo has five strings. In the 1920s, instruments such as the ukulele banjo, guitar banjo and banjo mandolin were developed which

appeared to be banjos, but were stringed and tuned as non-banjo instruments and have a percussive banjo sound.1)

The four-stringed banjo ukulele, also known as banjulele or banjuke, combined a banjo body with an ukulele fretboard and an ukulele tuning. The advantage was the higher volume compared to a simple ukulele, which was further enhanced in the version as resonator. It was particularly popular for the performance of jazz music.


If the banjo is happy, then the ukulele is positively euphoric.2)


  • Edward Komara (Hg.): Encyclopedia of the Blues. Psychology Press 2005, S. 52–53
  • Greg Horne: The Multi-Instrumental Guitarist. Alfred Music Publishing 2002
  • Karen Linn: That Half-barbaric Twang: The Banjo in American Popular Culture. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 1994

1) Komara 2005, p. 53
2) Horne 2002, S. 68