Our Mission Statement: To Make A Real Difference In The World.

Spreading the love of making music using the ukulele, or in our case the banjolele, is one of the main reasons we do what we do.  We are 'purveyors of happiness' and believe that in creating the DUKE10 Tenor Banjolele, DUKE Banjo Ukuleles has a real stake in helping the world to become a better place.

Whatever level of player you are, playing a Banjo Ukulele will change your life!

Introduing 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. We invite you to keep reading to find out all about the amazing DUKE10 Banjo Ukulele (and it's not just us that thinks so!)

A Warm Welcome from Jamie Houston - Owner

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So Light You Will Be Amazed!

The first thing you will notice when you take your new banjolele out of it's colorful gig bag is that it is SUPER LIGHT! 

In fact, we don't know of another banjo uke that is this light.

Only 2lbs (1kg). That's nothing like some of the 4lb monsters out there!

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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., and we don't know of any other banjolele on the market with an armrest fitted as standard!

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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 mix well!

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

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.

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.

Happy DUKE10 owners love these tuners!

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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!

It's Acoustic AND Electric

Yes we know, banjo ukuleles are already loud so why would we put a pickup in every DUKE10?

Well let's just say that it comes in very useful on more occasions than you would think.

Great for plugging in to your little personal ukulele amp or going big and using with a full sound system in a venue.

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Just To Be Different

Sometimes you find an instrument that just speaks to you, and we have designed the DUKE10 to stand out.

From its minimalist design to its unique and quirky headstock, this banjolele attracts a lot of attention.

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And Then There's The Gig Bag

Talk about making a statement!

You will certainly get noticed when you walk in toting your DUKE10 in this colorful and fun gig bag.

Every DUKE10 comes supplied in one of these awesome bags. Grab yours today and stand out from the crowd.

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Happy DUKE10 Owners Sharing Their Happiness

I received the uke last night and couldn’t be more happy! It’s the fourth uke that I’ve bought and definitely my favorite, already. The uke arrived set up (nice low action) with the bridge already in place. It was nearly in tune right out of the box.These guys also did a great job in packing, it was a nice box within a box, with lots of extra padding. They really ensured that it arrived safely. You should feel really confident selling your instruments in the future.
Thanks again, and cheers from New York!

Chris S

Finally have been able to play my Duke 10 after liberating it from the wrapping paper on Christmas eve. WOW! The sound is awesome...It's got a nice twang without being overly harsh. (although my wife did just close the door to my office, but i think that's volume!) Nice crisp clear notes when picking ...... Full bodied strums....... "Jockey Full of Bourbon" sounds great with a mild fandango strum. All in all you guys DONE GOOD!
Thank you again and Happy New Year you glorious ba#t#rd!

Gregg S

I was convinced by a friend of mine to purchase the Duke10 Banjolele. I already had a Concert Ukulele and I thought it would be nice to have another instrument to give a different sound. My word, it really gives a magic sound which suits so many of the old favorite tunes, a perfect alternative to just having a Ukulele. Do yourself a favor and get a Duke10 - it is a fabulous instrument for the price!

Mike G, Perth, WA, Australia

I like the Duke 10 very much....I had an original Duke, and a firefly, and a Deering concert banjo. I prefer the duke 10 over all of them...a good looking and sounding instrument.
As an alternative tuning, this makes a great Baritone banjolele, if you use the Fremont Black line Bari tuning for Tenor size with High D.

Mike T

Love this banjo ukulele. I bought one a while back. It’s fun, light and easy to hold. And it’s loud!! It also comes with a pickup! Did I mention it’s loud?! Plugged it in once while playing with a group of older rockers, and it was even louder!! It even comes with a cool strap and gig bag. Gotta love it!

Audrey P, Everett, WA, USA

"What a great idea - usually you've got the bits from the drum sticking into your arm on a banjolele, but it's got an armrest - look at that! And light as a feather. For the price, seriously, you can't get much better than this, delivered to your door with no shipping costs. Duke 10 baby, go and order one!" 

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I like the headstock, geared tuners, clean neck and pickup - ideal for recording. Easy to tune with key supplied and shoulder strap - great value!

Ukester Brown - ukesterbrown.com

Received my Duke 10 in time to use it on a weekend GiG. "FANTASTIC," sounded better and louder than I thought it would. Everyone Loved it. Playing Dueling Banjo's got me several large tips...Absolutely LOVE IT!

Ed J

I was very impressed with the Duke 10. In fact, 22 people from my band (out of 40) purchased the Duke 10, and every one of them is happy with the uke.

Jim Rosokoff - Doctor Uke www.doctoruke.com

My Duke 10 arrived today, sooner than I expected, I Love it, It's beautiful, so smooth, the tuners are a joy to use and the sound is beautiful, Thank you so much. The "set-up" video on your web site was very useful. All the best for 2019.

Sylvia Heckley, Brixham, United Kingdom

Duke 10 arrived yesterday, a surprise gift from my wife. Been looking at this for a while, and I’m not disappointed. Duke banjos rock, thanks guys.😎

Ian Dixon, Bicton, WA, Australia

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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! We're 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.

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Greetings from NL to NZL

I am very pleased with the Duke 10. Easy to play and sounds the way I like it. A good mix between banjo and ukulele and sounds good too with clawhammer style. Thank you also for the fast delivery (it took only 12 days to the Netherlands).

A very nice banjo uke.

Quick delivery. The Duke 10 plays very well, love the sound.
The pick up works fine. If you play it over a PA the Duke 10 sound great. Very natural.
I play in a band and it's nice to have a new sound on it.

A close 5

I love this Duke 10 Banjo - Ukulele....the set up is great and it plays very well. The tenor neck gives more room for my fingers. The only limitation is my ability, I have not played a Banjo Ukulele before but I can see the possibilities. We are part of a ukulele group 'Rukes' consisting of a Uke-bass, Duke 10 and about 10 Ukes, we play and sing anything - folk, country, Church, and popular songs of the last 60 years. I have started using the Duke 10 as a lead instrument picking out the tune, mostly within the strum, using a soft flat pick. The greater volume enables me to be heard above the other ukuleles. I am still developing this technique but am very pleased with the way it is going.

Hi Pat - thanks so much for your 5 Star Review! We appreciate that it was carefully considered, and thanks for the pic! All the best, Jamie Houston - Owner.
Christmas Duke arives in time

Big thanks to Jamie at Duke Banjo Ukuleles,
My wife, who obviously got the big hint for my Christmas gift ordered the Duke 10 and was advised that they only stood a slim chance of getting it to me in time but would pull out all stops to get it delivered to Perth Western Australia. And they did, it arrived on the 24th December whilst I was out but was received by my wife and whisked away before I had chance to notice. A wonderful surprise that was backed up with supper service from Jamie who did his utmost to get it to delivered. I already have 3 other Banjoleles but the Duke 10 is so beautifully set up its an absolute pleasure to play. If I could give it a 10 star rating I would, its wonderful instrument. Thanks again Jamie and by the way, the bag turned up a week or so later as promised.

Ian Dixon

Hi, I'm so thrilled your DUKE10 arrived in time! And even better, that Eva was able to keep it a secret Thanks for your wonderful review. Enjoy your new'baby'. Jamie - owner.
Pretty damn great banjo uke!

Strong contender uke. Love it, however hate that case! This is now my primary instrument. The pickup for amplification is a very nice feature. I am very happy with her. Oh she need some better instruction on bridge and setting the leg tension. Holds a tune fine. Frets are very comfortable. This Banjolele is the very best for the money.

Hi Debra - thrilled you love your DUKE10 so much. The gig bag is certainly unique! Most people love it! :-) And just in case you missed the link we supplied on the instruction sheet that came with your DUKE10, go here for very detailed setup instructions on the bridge: https://www.dukeuke.com/pages/setup The drum head does not require any setup as it is set to where we think is the best tension for optimal sound, but there are instructions about the difference it can make by tightening or loosening it on the sheet you already have. Hope that helps. Jamie Houston - Owner.