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Welcome from Jamie Houston - Owner of Duke Banjo Ukes (click play button)

Whatever level of player you class yourself as, playing a Banjo Ukulele will change your life!

Take your self back to the good old days when times were simpler. Just imagine sitting on the porch in your rocking chair strumming a tune and singing your heart out.

Introducing the DUKE10 Tenor Banjo Ukulele

Strums Like A Uke, Picks Like A Banjo.

It all started with ideas so simple we didn't know why anyone hadn't thought of them before.  Keep scrolling to find out more...

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No More Sore Arms!

It is not nice to have the metal tension hooks digging into your arm, so every DUKE10 has a well placed and very comfortable armrest.

The armrest also keeps your arm off the drum head, which avoids unnecessary muting.

We can't find any other banjoleles on the market that come with an armrest as standard!

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Make Tuning A Breeze

They may look like traditional friction pegs, but they are actually planetary geared tuners.

Tuning is a whole lot easier. They are very smooth to turn and hold the strings in tune very well.

Change Your Tone with the Adjustable Drum Head

Use the (included) tension key to tighten or loosen the drum head.

Tightening it to be hard to the touch will give you a very bright sound. You will get good note distinction, but less bass response. 

Loosening it to be softer to the touch results in a warmer, less bright, or plunkier sound.

This puts you in charge of how you want your DUKE10 to sound.

No More Breaking Strings

If you are sick of breaking strings at the tailpiece, the DUKE10 will be your savior.

Most other banjo ukuleles tie-off the strings under the metal tailpiece. Needless to say, nylon strings and sharp metal edges do not go well together!

To fix the this problem, we designed a simple 'smooth-edge' tailpiece. Now your strings will never ever break at the tail because they tie-off into wood, not metal.

Nice Low Strings, Forever!

Over time, the distance of the strings from the fingerboard of a banjo ukulele can increase. This makes it harder to press your fingers down when playing chords.

It happens for a variety of reasons but the main one being movement of the neck.

To remove this issue once and for all the DUKE10 has a one-piece neck - a rigid spine of sorts. So when your get your new banjo uke, the strings will be at the right height with everything in alignment. The best part is that it stays that way forever!

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As If It Wasn't Loud Enough!

Yes yes we know, the Banjo Ukulele is a LOUD instrument, but we decided to add an electric pickup anyway!

Do you play out and about? At retirement homes, or in the local village square? Or do you want to be a bit louder when performing on stage at your local ukulele club?

Then having the pickup allows you to plug in to a little ukulele amplifier or a full-blown PA System.

Not essential, but it might surprise you how often it comes in handy.

Who Is Jamie Houston?

It all started back in 2006 in Byron Bay, Australia! Sitting around a BBQ at a mate’s place, when a guy pulled out a little coloured ukulele and started playing.

Well, that got me asking questions about how to play and how hard it was, and so on. Sound familiar? I know many of us got our start on ukulele in a similar way.

That humble beginning became a driving passion for me to share the love of making music on the ukulele (or in this case, the Banjo Ukulele!). I fell in love with the DUKE10 Banjo Uke in 2017, when I received 'Version 1' to check out by its creator Ed Ackman. A coincidence that he also lives right here in New Zealand!

I loved it so much that when Ed told me he wanted to sell the business, I jumped at the chance to make DUKE BANJO UKULELES my own.

Worldwide Impact - Making a Difference

Playing, singing or listening to music is such a wonderful thing. Many of us, me included, use it as a way to relieve stress and to add real joy into our lives and the lives of others.

Ukulele has become the instrument of choice for millions of us around the world. It has to be the happiest instrument on the planet! I'm sure you will agree that it's almost impossible not to smile and laugh when you are playing.

By creating the DUKE10 Tenor Banjo Ukulele, DUKE BANJO UKULELES has a real stake in helping the world to become a better place.

Our vision is for every ukulele player in the world to add a DUKE Banjo Uke to their (usually growing) collection ;-)