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    

Banjo Ukulele John Grey ( Banjolele )Koaloha Ukulele Hawaiian Koa Ksm-00Vintage 1940's Broadcaster J &a. Margolin London 4 String Tenor Banjo Ukulele30" Giannini Baritone Ukulele Sn 9-77 W/ Chipboard Case - Made In BrazilKamaka Soprano Ukulele - Gold Label - Mint!Vintage 1920's C.f. Martin Soprano Style 1 Ukulele Mahogany UkeAmerican Girl Goty Kanani In Box + Lot: Party Dress, Seal, Ukulele & More Vg-eucVintage Ukulele BanjoElectro Acoustic UkuleleVintage Mele Ukulele With Gorgeous Inlay And Hard CaseGretsch Uke Vintage UkuleleMartin T1k Tenor Ukulele - Immaculate Condition With Case And Custom Wood DesignKen Timms ...hand Built Soprano Ukulele 17 Frets With Slight Defect.Bruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Concert Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft-bag Uy15-2076Kam Mini Bass High Output Solid Body Ukulele Bass: Sub – Sunburst Knutsen Harp-taropatch (8-string Ukulele), 1 Of Only 4 In Existence!1920s Martin Style 1k Soprano Ukulele Koa Vintage Antique RareUkelele By Silvestri Of Catania With Original Hard Case. A Beautiful Instrument.Sojing New F Sound Hole 28" Baritone Ukulele(convertible To A Tenor Guitar)Harmony Uke Ukulele MahoganyCordoba 20tm-ce Tenor Soft-cutaway Acoustic-electric Mahogany Ukulele (w/bag)Vintage Ukulele Banjo Resonator And Hard Case Only PartsOld Ukulele Banjo/banjolele ' The Jetel'Lanikai Lu-21 Soprano UkuleleHawaiian Curly Koa 2 Pc.luthier's Quality Ukulele Sized Billets # W-6Bruce Wei Solid Walnut Soprano Long Neck Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft-bag Ui13-2008Ukelele - Great ConditionVintage Banjo Ukulele For Parts Or RepairVintage Martin UkulelePono Atdc-c Tenor Ukulele W/o'ahu Hardshell CaseMitchell Mu100ce/n Acoustic-electric Concert Ukulele Natural Koa Nice No ReserveVintage Hohner Handcrafted Ukulele H212Gretsch G9121 Ukulele - Tenor A.c.eVintage Soprano Airline Ukulele W/ Original Case & Song Book InstructionsHolu Hm227ssrx Right Handed Ukulele Musical Instrument 379630 X00Antique Erphila Dresden Fine Lace Figurine - Girl Playing UkuleleBruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Tenor Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft-bag Uj17-2066A Rogue Baritone Ukelele ##oakh4icBruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Pineapple Tenor Ukulele, Mop Inlay Soft-bag Uw17-2003Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Electric Baritone Ukulele,all Koa Wood. Ou55ceHawaiian Psycho Curl Koa 6 Pc. Luthier's Musical/instrument Ukulele Set W-2Bruce Wei Solid Acacia & Spruce Concert Ukulele, Mop Inlay, Soft-bag Uz15-2052Black 21" Acoustic Soprano Ukulele With Case VintageSoprano Ukulele In Blue 4 String With Gig Bag - B Stock Clearance ItemBanjo Ukulele, Vintage La PacificGaucho Qualyity Uke Ukulele VintageMalaka Ukulele With Accessories, Carry Bag, Tuner, Cd, Etc. New Quality Size 24",62cm 19 Frets Concert/tenor Ukulele 55 Year InstrumentmakerBruce Wei Solid Acacia Koa Pineapple Concert Ukulele, Mop Inlay Uw15-2053The Singing Treholipee Vintage Surfer UkuleleVintage Maccaferri Tv Pal Baritone Ukulele With CaseAntoniotsai - Bird Inlay -solid Acacia Koa Ukulele 6 Strings Tenor Handmade 2735 Gretsch G9121 Tenor Acoustic/electric Ukelele Mint!! Free S/h With Bin New Usa Deering Goodtime Concert Banjo Ukulele With Deering Padded Gig BagTenor Ukulele With CaseSexy Cheesecake Hawaii Cover Lp Takiti Ma 4 Ukulele Playa Sound / FranceBruce Wei Solid Acacia & Spruce Tenor Ukulele, Wood Inlay, Soft-bag Uj17-2122Ukelele Hawaiian Hibiscus First Act Discovery Kids Aloha Tiki YellowMakala Ukulele Mk-sd Red Burst W/ Case Box & Chord BookTangi Tiny Ukulele

Recent News: Ukuleles

Source: Google News

Ukulele class to be offered
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, February 9th

MATTOON -- A master class with members of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will be offered at 6 p.m. March 1 at the Lone Elm Room of the train depot. The workshop is sponsored by the Mattoon Arts Council, EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center and ...Read more

Ukulele featured at Columbia Board of Education meeting
Columbia Daily Tribune (blog), February 9th

Catt Harvey, a junior at Battle High School, accompanied on ukulele by another Battle High School junior, Levi Hagar, on Monday told the Columbia Board of Education about the Darkroom Records CD release party on Feb. 18. Other students joined them for ...Read more

Ukulele lessons strike a chord with U3A group
Oldham Chronicle, February 9th

“It's only in its second week but they all seemed to enjoy it and I'm happy to help out,” said Glen, who has also been drafting in students from the school's own ukulele group to help out. Members range in age from 55 to 70 and over: “I think it's...Read more

The DIY Musician: 1917 Film on 'The Making of a Ukulele,' Plus Free DIY Uke Plans
Guitar World Magazine, February 8th

Build Your own Homemade Hawaiian Cigar Box Ukulele (Published 1917): In it, S.H. Samuels walks the reader through the basics of constructing a uke, which in 1917 “was made at a cost of 30 cents, by careful selection of materials from the shop scrap stock...Read more

Ukulele players gather in their hundreds
Otago Daily Times, February 7th

Pic'n'Mix, of Invercargill, tunes up for its performance at the Lauder Ukulele Festival yesterday. The group comprises (from left) Des Collins (with a hand-made banjolele, a cross between a banjo and a ukulele), Bernadette Ford, Lawrence Livingstone...Read more

The Prettiots: Fun's Cool review – imagine Lena Dunham with a ukulele
The Guardian, February 6th

“Lena Dunham with a ukulele” might run a crude sales pitch for the debut album of the Prettiots, the New York duo of Kay Kasparhauser and Lulu Prat who set the travails of early twentysomething life to naive folk-pop. Handclaps and harmonies share...Read more

Music festival celebrates the ukulele
KHON2, February 5th

Plans are strumming along for this year's 8th Annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii. The three-day event runs from February 12 – 14, with the grand finale taking place Sunday, February 14, at Kaka'ako Makai Gateway Park. The festivities, which celebrate...Read more

Ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro returns to Anchorage after releasing new album
Alaska Dispatch News, February 3rd

As a child, he was exposed to the ukulele at home as well as at school, where classes were required for elementary students. Since then, Shimabukuro has taken the underdog of the strings section to new levels throughout his musical career, creating...Read more