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Collecting Vintage Ukulele Catalogs

When it comes to ukuleles, many things can be directly thought of as accessories, from clip-on tuners to decorative straps. One favorite is collecting old catalogs.

#ThrowbackThursday to an Epic ‘Jug Band Style’ Uke Jam

by Greg Olwell From the time the ukulele first came to the attention of Mainlanders, people found fun and inventive ways to add some ukulele spice to whatever they were playing. Case in point, this clip recorded in 1928, where Eddie Thomas and Carl Scott…


A 5-string rajao, made by Augusto Dias around 1896, with spruce top and koa back and sides

The Birth of the Ukulele

The belief that Hawaii lays sole claim to the ukulele is a widely held misconception. The earliest ukes only date back to the mid-1880s, and they weren’t invented by the Hawaiians.