Jake, Jake and a DUKE10 Banjo Uke

Sounds like the start of a joke - haha! But seriously, this post is to celebrate one of our customers, a proud DUKE10 owner named Jake Goldstein from Massachusetts. And he managed to secure something that, in our eyes, is the ultimate prize for a ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro's signature, right on his banjo ukulele! Here's a picture of Jake and his friend Guthrie with Jake Shimabukuro and the short version of his story (scroll down).

Jake Goldstein, Jake Shimabukuro and a DUKE10

"The ukulele has always been an instrument I have enjoyed listening to. I first started to listen to Jake Shimabukuro on YouTube around 2003. As a musician, I always thought that the ukulele had a really great sound and I always wanted to play it.

Right around 2014, with 15 years of experience in music, I finally picked up the ukulele. I currently work at a music store so on my breaks in between lessons, I would pick up the ukulele and learn in the time that I had. Eventually, I bought my own ukulele and I started to play out and go to different open mics in the area and as well as play with different bands. After a few years of playing ukulele, I decided to get more ukuleles. Earlier this year, I finally bought a Duke10 Banjo Ukulele, which I absolutely love.

Sometime in September of this year (2018), I found out that Jake was playing at a venue that’s very close to me. So I bought tickets and I went to the concert with my DUKE10 in tow, hoping that I may be able to get it signed. At the end of the show there was a long line of people waiting for Jake. I got in the line, waited a few minutes, and I was able to talk to him. It was awesome meeting him, he’s a very nice guy, very personable. Then, right before my friend and I left, I asked him to sign my banjouke, and he did. It was amazing!"

 You can check out Jake playing his DUKE10 here.

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25 reviews
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.
Duke 10

Very nice products solid piece. Arm rest is a nice feature you don't find on other banjoleles, has a good action on it and setup was pretty easy

Thanks Ryan - really glad you like your DUKE10 - thanks for the 5 Star Review. Jamie Houston - Owner
DUKE10 Tenor Banjo Ukulele

I'm having a pretty good time with the Duke 10. Tightening the head helped to give the upper register some better clarity, but I'm still fiddling around looking for more. The arm rest was loose on arrival. Ended up adding a locking nut on top of the rim nut. That should be a permanent fix.
Workmanship is otherwise very good. I've never played a banjo uke before so I can't compare it to any others, but I'm happy with the instrument and look forward to making music with it.

Thanks for your review Ron, much appreciated. As we have previously discussed via email, the armrest coming loose was unfortunate, and we have addressed the issue to ensure to doesn't happen again. And glad you have had some fun playing around with the head tension :-) Jamie - Owner
The DUKE10 - A Good Banjo Uke!

This is a good banjo uke. Good sound. The neck and fretboard made it easy and smooth to play. One of the few banjoleles with an armrest. Has good volume but if thats not enough for you it come with a nice pickup.