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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Cola Ukulele Band and Friends
Free Times, May 2nd

Cola Ukulele Band and Friends. The Cola Ukulele Band, along with USC music students and local jazz musicians is performing a mix of classical, jazz, folk and pop music by composers/artists such as Johnny Cash, J.S. Bach, Hoagy Carmichael and George ...Read more

Thai ukulele prodigy to perform at Sentosa
AsiaOne, April 29th

Most 13-year-olds would be happy just to see their idols in a concert. Thai teenager Wethaka Wasurat would be doing more than that - she will be performing here this weekend on the same stage as two of her favourite musicians, South Korea's Sungha Jung ...Read more

In 'Pericles,' a Dive Bar, the Blues and a Banjo Ukulele
New York Times, April 29th

Thought to be a partial collaboration between Shakespeare and another writer, and first performed around 1608, “Pericles” is said to have been hugely popular in its day. Credit T. Charles Erickson. One of Shakespeare's wildest yarns, “Pericles...Read more

Ukulele Concert At West Falmouth Library
CapeNews.net, April 29th

Mr. Gregory founded the Cotuit Center for the Arts Ukulele Orchestra series of classes. He is also the owner of Score Music Studios in Sandwich where he teaches guitar, ukulele, and rock band classes for children and adults. Ms. Jollett teaches classes...Read more

Ukulele workshops prove popular in Timaru
Timaru Herald, April 27th

The Ukulele People, otherwise known as husband and wife duo, Hugh and Fi McCafferty, have been teaching ukulele for a number of years. They are also responsible for forming The Nukes, a band of ukulele players who perform at Geraldine's farmer's ...Read more

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Columbus Dispatch, April 24th

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