November 20, 2018

Ohana is excited to spot light our new CK and TK Banjolele series! We took our original Banjolele and upgraded the hardware and finish for these new models.


A Little History

The ukulele was becoming very popular in the teens–1920’s; in part for some of the same reasons folks love the instrument today! The ukulele was easy to carry, easy to learn, and boasted a fun joyful voice not found in other instruments. A drawback in the time before handy pick-ups and portable speakers, was that the ukulele’s small body didn’t allow for a lot of volume. By adding a Banjo style body, and a resonator at the back, the projection was multiplied mightily!

Ohana Open Back Banjoleles: TK-120BUO & CK-120BUO


Well, What’s the Difference?!

The open and closed back banjo are made of the same basic materials and build. The closed back banjolele has a wooden ‘bowl’ or resonator which allows for increased projection to the audience. An open back model is held toward the player’s body, which will have a dampening effect on the sound. Due to the additional material, a closed back Banjolele is typically heavier than its open counterpart.

Tenor and concert scale Ohana Closed Back Banjoleles: TK-120BUC & CK-120BUC


Which Model is Right for Me?

The style of music being played, desired volume, and accompanying instruments might all have a bearing on your choice in style. For most Bluegrass arrangements, a closed back, resonator style Banjolele is the preferred instrument. The closed back allows for more projection against other instruments being played, and a twangier feel to the sound. An open back Banjolele might be a better choice for traditional folk music, or pieces being played claw-hammer style.

As always, at Ohana we encourage you to find a local source to try out a Banjolele or two. You’ll find they’re available across price points and materials for any player and budget!

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