Cavaquinho vs. Ukulele – A Feud in the Family

Cavaquinho vs. Ukulele

The Portuguese Cavaquinho is small 4-stringed instrument in the guitar family. A version of the Cavaquinho, the Machete, is considered the direct precursor to the modern Ukulele. Are you trying to decide between buying a Cavaquinho or a Ukulele? Or maybe just curious about the differences between these two 4-stringed instrument relatives? Either way, you’ve …

1928 Clifford Essex and Sons Ukulele Catalog

1928 Clifford Essex and Sons Ukulele Catalog

Here’s an image of the ukulele offerings from the 1928 Clifford Essex and Sons musical instrument catalog: The text reads: “BANJUKE” (BANJO-UKULELE) The Ukulele provided a particularly appropriate background to the soft, rippling music of Hawaii. It is from this delightful instrument that the “BANJUKE” has been evolved. For accompanying modern rhythmic dance music it …

An Old “Camp Line” Ukulele and Banjo Ukulele Catalog

An Old "Camp Line" Ukulele and Banjo Ukulele Catalog

Here’s an image of an old catalog offering “Camp Line” brand ukuleles and Banjo ukuleles (along with mandolins and guitars): The text reads: Camp Line of Ukuleles, Mandolins, and Guitars Nothing similar is offered elsewhere, as they are exclusive patented products. Read the descriptions. Great care has been given to the manufacture of all instruments; …

Pineapple Ukulele vs. Standard – The Body Shape Showdown

Pineapple Ukulele vs. Standard - The Body Shape Showdown

Thinking about buying a ukulele but can’t decide if you want to go with the standard, traditional, “figure eight” regular body shape or the more quirky pineapple shape? Or maybe you’re just curious about the differences between these two styles and how they came about? Either way, buckle up and prepare for The Ultimate Ukulele …

Pre-1930’s Gibson Banjo Ukulele Catalog

Pre-1930's Gibson Banjo Ukulele Catalog

Here are a couple of catalog images, dating from the pre-1930’s, advertising the popular Gibson UB series of Banjo Ukuleles: Image 1: This first advertisement announced the release of the “new” model UB-4 Banjo-Ukulele. The text reads: You’ll Enjoy Playing A Gibson Ukulele or Ukulele-Banjo Just what you have been looking for– Something New for …

A Sixth-Grader Discovers His Family’s History with The Ukulele

A Sixth-Grader Discovers His Family's History with The Ukulele

The following was written by a sixth-grade student in Hawaii. He researched his family’s involvement/experience with the Ukulele coming to Hawaii from Portugal for a school project. First, to give some background, there’s a brief history of the Ukulele in Hawaii titled “The Jumping Flea”, followed by the student’s project titled “The Taro Patch Fiddle”: …