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.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

National Music Museum

National Music Museum

The National Music Museum, which is located at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, features 15,000 instru… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

George Formby Dallas B Banjolele Banjo Ukulele, Superb Condition, Original CaseMartin & Co. 1930s/40s Vintage Ukulele Kala Tenor Ka-asac-t Acacia Ukulele With Quality Case, Worth Strings, MintMartin Style 3 Soprano Ukulele With Original CaseVintage Ikk 50'/60's Mahogany Ukulele 23"Rare Vintage Ah Tau Cam Hawaiian Ukulele Uke No Reserve Auction .99 Start Post War Vintage Martin & Co. Style 2 Tenor Ukulele, Uke, With Chipboard Case Regal Wendell Hall Red Head Uke Ukulele C. 1920sMix Lot 2 Luna Kala Right Hand Electric Acoustic Guitar Ukelele For Parts 233786Cordoba 25ck Right Handed Ukulele Instrument Natural 236244 TjbicVintage Kamaka White Label Ukulele Hand Crafted In Hawaii - Exquisite! Ludwig Ukulele BanjoHawaiian Koa Wood R29 Curly Pen Blanks Lumber Knife Scales Grips Ukulele Exotic Ukulele, Concert Size, Lahaina D-011, Koa, Tweed CaseStretton Payne Soprano Ukulele Natural For Kids And Adults With Gig BagC. F. Martin Ukulele Nazareth Pa. Made In Usa W/ New Strings...refurbishedKala Consert Ukulele1920s Slingerland “maybell” Banjo Ukulele Birdseye Maple Vintage Antique RareVintage 4-string 7" Banjo Uke Ukelele Unknown Maker Parts RepairVintage Sherwood Ukulele Uke In Hard Case Gottaget !!Branded Concertone Banjo Ukulele Old Vintage AntiqueAcou/elec Baritone Ukulele -- Wonderful Portable Instrument! Oscar Schmidt Ou55Bruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Tenor Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft-bag Uc17-2165Professional 21" Acoustic Soprano Hawaii Ukulele Musical Instrument In Carry BoxBruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Tenor Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft- Bag Uj17-2052Old Vintage Hawaiian Uku, Ukulele # 0378Bruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Tenor Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft- Bag Uj17-2039Hawaiian Koa Wood R26 Curly Pen Blanks Lumber Knife Scales Grips Ukulele Exotic Cordoba 15cm Concert Size 4-string (nylon Strings) Ukulele Antique Koa Ukulele Manuel Nunes Hawaii 1918Cf Martin Style 0 Soprano UkuleleIl Ceppo "ukelele" PipeVintage Small Banjo Ukulele Circa 1920'sHawaiian Koa Wood R30 Curly Pen Blanks Lumber Knife Scales Grips Ukulele Exotic Vintage 1920's 4-string Banjolele Banjo Ukulele Birds Eye MapleVintage Old Regal Ukulele Ukelele Uke Parts Project Repair Man Cave Wall Art Lanikai Model Lu-21 Ukulele UkeC.f. Martin Ukulele Circa 1929 Under The Bed Find!!! Beautiful Condition.Hawaiian Koa Wood R27 Curly Pen Blanks Lumber Knife Scales Grips Ukulele Exotic New Giannini Acoustic Electric Cavaquinho Uke Ukulele Wine Red SatinAntique Vintage 1910s Hawaii Ukulele Hula Girl Woman Photo Jj Williams 1916Bruce Wei Solid Rosewood Concert Ukulele, Abalone Inlay, Soft-bag Ug15-2083Practial Senior Adjustable Folding Stand Holder For Ukulele Violin Mandolin New Joyo Jt-11 Mini Clip On Chromatic Bass Ukulele Banjo Guitar Tuner Bruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Tenor Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft-bag Uc17-2168Antique 1927-1935 Gt Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele W Canvas Case - Missing NutLtd Toy Stamp & 1950 Arthur Godfrey Islander Ukulele With Case/ Song Books,niceAntoniotsai, Bird&rose Inlay,solid Mahogani Ukulele Tenor Handmade,soft Bag 2704Córdoba 15cm UkuleleVintage Ukulele For Parts 1950's Blackstone Baritone Mahogany Ukulele - Good Sound & Tone!Dixie Banjo UkuleleAmerican Girl 2011 Kanani's Ukulele & Gift Box! *retired*Hawaiian Koa Wood R28 Curly Pen Blanks Lumber Knife Scales Grips Ukulele Exotic Lcd Clip-on Electronic Digital Chromatic Tuner For Guitar Bass Violin Ukulele UsVintage 1960's Swagerty Kook A La Lee Ukulele Mustard Yellow Excellent ConBruce Wei Solid Acacia Tenor Ukulele, The Islands Soundhole, Soft-bag Uc17-2158Top Stanwell Handmade Selected Briar Regd.no. 91 R By Ivarsson *ukelele * & BagExotic Wood Curly Koa Air Dried 4 Ukulele Instrument Scales Blanks Grips A592Hawaiian Koa Wood R25 Curly Pen Blanks Lumber Knife Scales Grips Ukulele Exotic

Recent News: Ukuleles

Source: Google News

Enjoy Ukulele Mix Plate at The Shops at Wailea
Maui Now, July 27th

Mele Ukulele and The Shops at Wailea will host Ukulele Mix Plate on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 12 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Shops at Wailea fountain courtyard, where guests can take part in an entertaining learning experience about Hawai'i's official ...Read more

The funny little ukulele finds a following in Clermont
Daily Commercial, July 25th

Most of the players at Ukulele Revolution use the standard concert ukulele. The library-owned instruments are soprano ukuleles, smaller than the concert size, but pitched exactly the same. Bruce plays a slightly larger tenor ukulele and reports that...Read more

Ukulele master to perform in Pendleton
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 23rd

#PENDLETON — Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez, known in Kona, Hawaii, as the “Hawaiian Santana” ukulele master, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Pendleton Arts Center, 214 N. Main St. #His playlist includes traditional Hawaiian music, contemporary island ...Read more

Armie Hammer Plays the Ukulele – and He's Pretty Amazing at It
Entertainment Tonight, July 22nd

“A little birdie tells me that you, sir, are quite the Renaissance man [and] can play any string instrument, so we brought … a ukulele,” Steel offered, before presenting Hammer with the instrument. Though Hammer was admittedly nervous – he even...Read more

Man with a ukulele breaks out Somewhere Over the Rainbow in Perth train
Daily Mail, July 22nd

The uplifting video shows people singing along in unison, filming with their phones and laughing. The 5 minute long video was posted on the The Liberators Facebook page on Tuesday and has warmed hearts across the world going viral since. 'We turned ...Read more

Ukulele players near and far unite at annual festival
KHON2, July 19th

Ukulele players from Hawaii and all over the world gathered at Kapiolani Park to show off their skills at the 45th annual Ukulele Festival Sunday. The event featured the Roy Sakuma 700-piece ukulele band of mostly children, and of course Jake Shimabukuro...Read more

Hawaii's Ukulele Festival still going strong after 45 years
Hawaii News Now, July 17th

The ukulele – considered a symbol of aloha – will show its power to bring people together when performers from Hawaii and around the world gather at the 45th Annual Ukulele Festival Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Presented by Tony ...Read more

Feuding ukulele bands battle it out in court
BBC News, July 2nd

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain (UOGB) has won a High Court ruling against a rival group which it accused of trading off its reputation. The group challenged the German-based United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra (UKUO) over the similarity in name...Read more