discover which Songbird banjolele model is right for you
a.k.a. Tenor banjolele or Ukulele banjo hybrid
Careful consideration and refinement have led to the development of the model 17 banjolele. The 10-inch solid wood block rim is unique in the industry and provides increased tonal complexity over smaller rims. These are built with a 17" tenor scale with re-entrant GCEA tuning. This unique rim size creates an instrument with better balance both physically and aesthetically than traditional banjoleles.
a.k.a. Baritone banjolele or Guitar banjo hybrid
The model 20 became the next logical step in the Songbird banjo hybrid evolution. While technically being based on a 20" baritone ukulele scale with re-entrant DGBE tuning. This banjo was designed to offer guitar and baritone ukulele players a familiar tuning for an easy transition into banjo playing.
Where this differs from the current crop of traditional 6 string banjitars is the elimination of the wound E and A strings, as well as raising the D string tuning one octave. This new 4 string design really comes closer to traditional banjo tone and appearance than the 6 string versions have previously been able to. Plus, traditional banjo picking styles like clawhammer or 3 finger rolls sound amazing! It utilizes the same Unique 10" solid wood rim with a slightly longer neck design than the model 17 tenor. If you are looking to add another instrument to your repertoire but don't want to learn an entirely new tuning, and confuse your current guitar or uke playing, this is the instrument designed specifically for you.