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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...

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!"


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10 reviews
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.
I am delighted with my Duke 10.

I am absolutely delighted with my Duke 10. It is a lovely looking instrument and is such a pleasure to play. It has a great sound and I have so much to learn to get the best out of it.

Glad to hear you are so happy Douglas. Many thanks for review :-) Jamie.
Stunning sound

The duke 10 is a beautiful uke with a full and amazing sound. Would definitely recommend.

Thanks for your positive review Robyn, really appreciated, and I'm glad you like your DUKE10 so much - Jamie :-)
Great Sound

Sounds great which is the most important thing but finish and workmanship could have been better.


I love playing my Duke 10! Perfect size for me, love hearing all my jazz standards, folk and other songs I play on it. I love having a pick up, adjusting the drum head, and having its own strap and bag! Great purchase!

So happy you love your DUKE10 so much Rodolfo, and thanks for the awesome review Jamie.