The ukulele is part of the lute family. It’s similar in built to the classical guitar just much smaller. Ukuleles have four strings and the standard tuning is G, C, E, A. Not only are you missing two strings, but you also have completely different keys on each of those four strings. That means you can’t transfer chords and scales from a guitar to a ukulele. The instrument commonly comes in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.
Mahalo, meaning “thank-you” or “gratitude in Hawai’ian, was the word chosen by Kikutani Music, a musical products distributor based in Nagoya, Japan as the brand name for their then, new range of ukuleles in 1999. Originally manufactured in China for Kikutani, Mahalo ukuleles were developed with a promise to deliver a “real musical instrument experience at an entry-level price point”. Prior to this, entry level ukes were generally considered toys and most were musically unplayable. Initially, the range of Mahalo ukuleles was quite small, but as they were the first high quality, inexpensive, playable instrument on the market, the quantity sold into Japan was extraordinary.At this point, the Chinese manufacturer of Mahalo, began distributing the brand around the world under license to Kikutani Music and quite literally became an enormous overnight success.
A fun way to begin playing the ukulele. Mahalo presents this distinctive and colorful range of ukuleles incorporating art, culture and humor. Featuring eye-catching graphic art top designs and unique soundhole shapes these are a great sounding ukulele sure to impress. Choose from 9 different fun designs – we love them all and we’re sure you will too!
The banjo ukulele, also known as the banjolele or banjo uke, is a four-stringed musical instrument with a small banjo type body and a fretted ukulele neck. The instrument combines the small scale, tuning, and playing style of a ukulele with the construction and distinctive tone of a banjo. We mostly see them as second hand instruments, coming in for repairs and restringing. The banjolele is commonly tuned G–C–E–A (“C Tuning”) or A–D–F♯–B (“D Tuning”). The A–D–F♯–B tuning often produces a more strident tone, and is used for this reason. Both of these tunings are known as “my dog has fleas” tunings (fifth, tonic, major third, major sixth).
The banjo is an instrument that started in Sub-Saharan Africa. The stringed instrument consists out of a cavity, covered with a stretched skin on which the bridge rests. It has a neck with tuner pegs on the end for tuning the strings. The skin makes the banjo project very well. Banjos come in 4 and 5 string variants. Tuning is G4 D3 G3 B3 D4
The Ibanez B-50 delivers a sweet 5-string closed-back banjo at a price that won’t break the bank. It features a 24-lug configuration and mahogany back and sides. The mahogany neck has a rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Open gear tuners lend a vintage note while keeping things in tune.
The mandolin is a small stringed instrument from the lute family. There are three common types: the rounded pear shape body type, flat back type and carved top type. It has a double set of four metal strings. This creates a tremolo-like sound. The most common tuning is the same as a violin G3, D4, A4, E5
The Ibanez M510 features a gorgeous spruce top and mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard. Coupled with the solid hardware, the M510 produces a warm tone for chords and a higher to midrange voice for soloing.
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