Classic songs attached to history's biggest stars, such as George Formby, have made the banjo ukulele an instrument that people go back to again and again. Also known as a banjolele or banjo uke, the banjo ukulele has delighted listeners since the early 1900s with the combination of the small-scale playing style of a ukulele and the distinctive sounds of a banjo. Many banjo ukuleles feature wood and metal accoutrements and 16 frets, and they offer the same scale lengths as a soprano or a concert-sized ukulele.
Collectors who want to discover an antique banjo ukulele can search eBay to find the instrument in attractive solid metal, typical of the Dixie brand in the mid-century. Antique banjo ukuleles may also come with calf-skin heads, giving the instruments a more traditional sound. A banjo ukulele allows the musician to harness both the strengths of a banjo as well as a ukulele to create a signature classic sound.