Best Banjoleles For 2017

This article is all about the best bajolele units that you can go for. Banjolele is an instrument that requires more than enough attention to get the best out of it. Banjolele is not something that everyone immediately goes for when they are thinking about getting into music but the true lovers are different.

Banjolele has its own melody which is loved by a ton of people. Before we get into the details of the 10 best banjolele with all the cros and cons.Having said that, let’s get into the reviews.

Our Top 10 Picks For 2017

It is time to look at the 10 best Banjolele units of the town. Obviously, we wanted to review the ones that are currently available in market and all the ones that you will find in this list are available at this moment.

There is no point in reviewing something which is not there to buy! Also, please know that the reviews are not in any particular order. All ten units are equally awesome to be in this list. Let’s get started.

Oscar Schmidt OUB1 Ukulele Satin


We will start with the Oscar Schmidt OUB1 Ukulele from the brand Oscar Schmidt. The best part about this brand is that they are a popular one and you do need to worry about those small things when ordering from a brand like this.

The Banjolele is simple and effective. It is a Uke Banjo so it is a mix of ukulele and a banjo. The remo head is there which looks nice but the body is even better. The rosewood fingerboard works fine and there’s no reason that why you would not enjoy the experience.

Pros

  • Great brand
  • Good value for money
  • Good looking body

Cons

  • Comes in one size
  • Comes in one color only

Luna Ulu 8 Inch Concert Banjolele


The next one in our list is the Luna Ulu 8 Inch unit from the brand Luna Guitars. Again, this is a fantastic model to go for and there are many reasons behind that. The brand is good but more importantly, the product is even better.

The best part about this unit is the maple body for sure. The body is slick and it looks like a classy one. The drum head is there to give you the nice old style feel! The bolt is there on the neck too.

Pros

  • Good looking rosewood fingerboard
  • Slick chrome hardware
  • Comes with good strings

Cons

  • The strings sit a little lower than regular ones

TFW Banjolele Ukulele Banjo


The third one in our list is the Banjolele Ukulele Banjo from The Fret Wire. The company does not produce a lot of this unit but the ones that they do get sold fast enough.
Though there is mahogany back and side which look great, the main difference is in colors. The unit looks very different than regular Banjolele.

Pros

  • Unique color
  • 24 inch in terms of length
  • Big in terms of size

Cons

  • A bit costly to go for
  • Not a small unit

Aklot 4 String Banjo Ukulele Uke Banjolele


The next one in our list is the Aklot 4 String Banjo Ukulele from the brand Aklot. Unlike the previous options, you get to have options in terms of colors when you are going with this one. There are around 8 different color options for you. The neck, back and the side area of this unit is of Sapele and the fretboard is made of rosewood.

Pros

  • Different color options to go for
  • 18 piece fret board
  • Beautiful color

Cons

  • Very new in the market
  • Strings are ordinary

Kala Ka-BJN BKC Concert Banjo Ukulele


Kala Ka-BJN is one of the premium units when it comes to Banjolele. This unit costs a bit more than the rest and there are reasons behind that too! It is not like we are complaining about the price because the company has all the good rights to do so giving the features of this unit. The remo weatherking head is brilliant and it will give you a classic projection of the banjo. This is rear and you do not see this everywhere.

Pros

  • Very easy to use
  • Perfect sound
  • No noise

Cons

  • Premium product in terms of price
  • No size or color options

Kmise 4 String Banjo Lele Ukulele


This is a concert size banjolele for perfect usage. There are a lot of color options for you to choose. The Kmise as a brand is very good and they make sure that you do not face any dissatisfaction with the product. The quality is outstanding and so is the sound.
If durability is your concern, then this is a fine unit. The unit does not break easy and you will have a fine enough experience playing this instrument.

Pros

  • Hard material with decent quality
  • Stable tones
  • Aquila string

Cons

  • Not great if you consider durability of strings
  • The neck is weak

Banjouke Side Kick Tenor Banjolele Ukulele


If you are looking for a complete package, then this is a good unit to choose. The unit comes along with a bag and a tuner so this is a good combo for most. Obviously, if you are new then that would not matter to you much.

Pros

  • Great weight
  • 18 Fretboard feels nice
  • Excellent Drum head

Cons

  • The instrument is a bit unset compared to others

Eddy Finn EF-CGBX-1 Cigar Box Ukulele


This is another one of those combo deals that come with a bag. Unlike the previous one that also offered you a tuner, this one only offers a gig bag which is decent. The size is a concert size in case if that excites you. The top area is of Spruce and the back along with the sides are of spruce too.

Pros

  • Rosewood bridge looks brilliant
  • The fingerboard is of decent quality
  • Comes with a bag

Cons

  • Not very loud in terms of tune

Banjo Uke SideKick Tenor Banjolele Ukulele


Another classic design from the brand Banjouke.kiwi. The brand is a very popular one in the Banjo space and obviously, as this one also comes with accessories like bag, tuner & strap, there are many reasons to love them. Also, if you are buying from Amazon, there is a good chance that you will get a free delivery too.

Pros

  • Great fret body
  • Quality drum head
  • ISO included
  • Comes with extras

Cons

  • A bit heavier than others
  • No color options

Eddy Finn Banjolele Series


The last one in our list is the Eddy Finn EF UB 1 from Eddy Finn. The cool mahogany body is something you will love. This looks a lot like the one that we just talked about but the sound is better. That’s the price difference. Also, this one costs a bit more and it doesn’t come with those combo deals.

Pros

  • The full body is of mahogany
  • Comes with geared machine tuner
  • Comes with 30 minute free lesson

Cons

  • Very costly compared to features
  • Doesn’t offer color variations

What to Look for When Buying a Banjolele Guitar?

There are certain things that you should look for when buying a Banjolele guitar. Obviously, these are not all of them but these are the major ones which you should not ignore. Apart from these, there are other elements too which you need to know about that varies from musicians to musicians.

Size

Banjolele has different sizes but if we go for the broader difference then there are two big options for you to go for. There is the Soprano size and then there is the concert size. Most people start with the concert size as they are easy to hold and most common in every music shop. However, if you are from a music background and if you want to go for the Soprano then there is nothing to stop you.

Old or New?

This is a controversial topic. Many musicians overtime has advised that you should not always go for a brand new Banjolele. Obviously, there is the financial angle of it to look at. They are costly and if you can start with a 2nd hand unit then you would be able to save a lot of money. But there are other angles too.

Many believe that if you go for an old one, you get a matured tune with brilliant pricing.

Perfect Strings

Strings are probably the most important part of a banjolele. Always make sure that you have the proper strings on your unit. Keech is a good brand but obviously, there are other good options. The strings have to have two simple features to be good. They have to be loud and they have to have clear sound.

Keep some extra strings too because you will definitely damage some in the process of practicing.

Finally, take your time before you finalize one unit. It is important that you go for the perfect one to make a fun career out of it. A career doesn’t have to be a professional one only. It can also be a hobbyist one. We wish you all the best in your Banjolele journey.