We Review the Best Banjoleles for Players

The best banjoleles for players will be ones that are easy to play and don’t require extensive knowledge to begin. Once the banjolele is tuned and tightened, the player will be able to get a rich, warm sound from the instrument. We’ve chosen some of the best banjoleles for our list. These are some of the best looking and best sounding instruments on the market.

Luna Ulu Concert Banjolele

This is a beautiful banjolele that was inspired by the plants of Hawaii. The ukulele originated from the islands, and the Luna company used laser etching to create a design on the banjo that reflects the artwork of the people. The banjolele has a see-through head so that the etchings are visible as the musician is playing the instrument.

Features & Specifications

  • Maple body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Tobacco finish

In our review, we included a video made by the company to test out the instrument. You’ll love the way this sounds more than you’ll like the look of it. Instead of leaving it on the wall as purely decorative, this instrument will be one you can’t stop playing.

Read our full review of the Luna Ulu Concert Banjolele

Gold Tone Banjolele

This is a lovely instrument that is the perfect size for children or those who want a lightweight, compact instrument to take with them on trips or to a friend’s house to jam. The banjolele is a great hybrid instrument that has a twang that makes it great for playing in bands. You won’t have to compete to be heard with this instrument. That’s mostly because it has a resonator that transmits sound.

Features & Specifications

  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Curly maple headstock
  • No knot tailpiece
  • Compact and lightweight

The Gold Tone Company has been making instruments for musicians for years. They have a reputation as a good company with quality products. This lightweight, portable instrument is just the right size for traveling – whether it’s to your music teacher for lessons or to a friend’s house for band practice.

Read our full review of the Gold Tone Banjolele

Kmise 4-String Banjolele

This is a compact banjolele that measures 23.03 inches and has an 8 inch drum. The small profile of the instrument doesn’t impact the sound of the banjolele at all. You’ll get a full, rich sound that can compete with any other instrument in your band.

Features & Specifications

  • Remo head
  • Sapele mahogany
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Included tuner and bag

One of the best things about this banjolele, aside from the great materials and incredible sound, is that it comes with a tuner as well as a bag. You can learn to tune the banjolele yourself without having to resort to taking it to a professional. Although, you might want to do that if you’ve never tuned an instrument before. The person will likely be glad to teach you how to tune it yourself.

Read our full review of the Kmise 4-String Banjolele

TFW Banjolele

This instrument has a resonator, which gives it a distinctive twang that you’d hear with many banjos, but it sounds more like a uke. With the beautiful woods, this instrument has a rich, dark color and has an incredible tone to it. From mahogany to rosewood, this instrument has some of the best woods available.

Features & Specifications

  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Total length 24 inches
  • Remo head

This lightweight instrument weighs less than 4 pounds even with the resonator. You can carry it anywhere you like without feeling as if your arm will break. The floating bridge and some other parts of the banjolele have to be adjusted after you receive the instrument, but it’s a banjolele made by a company that cares about quality. 

Read our full review of the TFW Banjolele

Kala KA-BJN-BKC Concert Banjo Ukulele

If you want an instrument that brings you back to a time where people played banjos on their porch or entertained each other in their parlor after dinner, this is the banjolele you want to purchase. It looks like it came from someone’s great-grandfather. It has a nostalgic feel as well as being a rich, strong instrument when it comes to tone.

Features & Specifications

  • Concert length
  • Antique brass hardware
  • Black finish
  • Old-timey head
  • Includes bag

When choosing a banjolele, you’ll have to decide if you want one that sounds more like a banjo or one that leans towards the ukulele sound. While this one is more uke, you can also change the strings to get the sound you most desire.

Read our full review of the Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele


These are the best banjoleles for players whether they’re just starting out on an instrument or if they’ve been playing for a while. The smaller profile of the banjolele means that you could introduce your child to an instrument that they won’t struggle to hold in their small hands. Beginners and experienced players will be satisfied with any banjolele on this list if you’re purchasing this as a gift. They won’t be disappointed.

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