Just about every major guitar maker has produced a ukulele (often misspelled ukelele) at one time or another. Martin offered three ukulele models to its customers in 1918. The diminutive 12- and 17-fret instruments were followed in the 1920s by concert and tenor models, while the Martin 5-K from 1922, with its koa wood body and abalone inlay, is much in demand among collectors.

Gibson introduced its first ukulele in 1926. The highly collectible Uke-2 and Uke-3 styles from that year had mahogany bodies and rosewood fingerboards. Gibson also made tenor ukuleles (1927) and a baritone model (1961).

Today, ukuleles are experiencing a revival, thanks in no small part to the sustained popularity of the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole’s ukulele medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World,” which has provided the soundtrack for everything from films to TV commercials. Aspiring musicians, with perhaps more good intentions than natural talent, also love them, probably because they are just so darned easy to play.

Not surprisingly, a host of guitar makers have jumped on the uke bandwagon. National makes an entire line of resonator ukuleles, from steel-body models to maple and mahogany ones. Martin and Gibson continue to make ukuleles, as does a well-regarded boutique ukulele maker named Barking Dog.

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Jimmy Fallon, The Roots Perform 'Hello' With Adele; Wood Block, Ukulele Used ...
Yibada (English Edition), November 26th

Likewise, house band the roots chimed in with instruments such as hand clappers, orange shaker, melodica, ukulele, xylophone, a banana shaker, kazoo, tambourine and a kazoo, which all evoked a childlike, happy feeling once played together. Meanwhile ...Read more

Learn to play the ukulele with classes
Zanesville Times Recorder, November 26th

NEW CONCORD - Ukulele classes for all ages will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 in the New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District music classroom, 4 Comin St., New Concord. Participants must bring their own instrument. Cost is $25 for ...Read more

Ruby & Smith's A Ukulele Album a jazz-dusted affair
Straight.com, November 25th

Coming exactly as advertised, A Ukulele Album is indeed centred around the instrument favoured by four out of five descendants of Hawaii's King Kal?kaua. But don't expect the duo of Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith to sound like the house band at the ...Read more

2015 New Zealand Ukulele Festival Announcement
Scoop.co.nz (press release), November 25th

There will also be performances by song writing and talent competition winners and top New Zealand ukulele bands The Nukes, Will Crummer and the Rarotongans and 2Pouz Fynist. New Zealand entertainer, singer and comedian Jackie Clarke will MC the ...Read more

Onewhero pupil set to play New Zealand Ukulele Festival
Stuff.co.nz, November 24th

Anouk placed second with her version of Jason Mraz' I'm Yours - and will also perform that song at the festival. Anouk's mother, Anke van Dijk, said her daughter got given her first ukulele last Christmas. "She got introduced to the ukulele at Pukekawa...Read more

Scarborough music enthusiast introducing Wentworth students to the ukulele
KeepMEcurrent.com, November 24th

Fourth-graders at Wentworth School in Scarborough will be introduced to the four-string instrument when the new Ukulele Club gets under way in early December. Principal Kelli Crosby said the school is bringing in local resident Duncan Perry to teach...Read more

Ukulele group mixes smiles, songs
The Columbian, November 23rd

The sounds of an upbeat version of “Walk the Line” floated through the air at Candalaria Terrace as 24 ukulele players strummed in unison. How many places can you go where people are this welcoming, whether you know anyone or can even do what they ...Read more

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain members in tune with one another
Stuff.co.nz, November 22nd

When The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain first started playing in the 1980s, their instrument of choice was hard to come by. Music shops only had toy ukuleles made for kids and these can't really be tuned. So to get a good one, explains orchestra...Read more