THE BEST Ukuleles

Light-up Banjo Ukuleles

Light-up Banjo Ukuleles

Colorful, see-through Little Gem banjo ukuleles are fun to play and super fun to look at, especially the new light-up model with three LED settings, including sound-activated. It’s plastic but it’s a serious instrument, well-built with a maple neck, sealed tuners and USB charging cable. A NAMM “Best in Show” winner.

Highway to Ukulele Hell

Highway to Ukulele Hell

The musicians of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain take on an unexpected tune, AC/DC’s 1979 hit Highway to Hell. Despite the unusual choice of instruments for the hard rock track, they do it with aplomb. There’s even a finger-bleeding solo at 2:00.

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Colored Pencil Ukulele

Colored Pencil Ukulele

After watching Nick Zammeti make a gigantic pencil out of colored pencils, we figured he was out of pencils. But Nick is back to wow us with another build – a working ukulele made from the same stuff. We were wondering how he was gonna hollow out the body. Now we get it.

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars

KLŌS makes beautiful, modern string instruments from the sturdy, lightweight material normally reserved for high-dollar exotic sports cars. They offer acoustic and acoustic electric guitars and ukuleles with black or colorful woven backs.

UkuRobot: The Robot Ukulele

UkuRobot: The Robot Ukulele

While its robotic “fingers” aren’t nearly as agile as Jake Shimabukuro’s, beginner ukulele players now have some robotic competition, thanks to this desktop machine that can play whatever tune you feed it. Listen as it plays the theme from The Godfather, and more.

System of a Ukulele

System of a Ukulele

The Melodicka Bros turn in a sweet cover version of System of a Down’s classic B.Y.O.B., performed entirely on a pair of ukuleles. Just because they’re playing tiny musical instruments doesn’t mean they can’t shred with the best of ’em.

Fix You (Ukulele Cover)

Fix You (Ukulele Cover)

Musician Austin Criswell delivers a soulful and bone-igniting performance of Coldplay’s Fix You, accompanied by his ukulele. A few of our other faves from Austin: I’ll Follow You into the Dark, and Build Me up Buttercup.

Ukulele Beat Machine

Ukulele Beat Machine

Ukulele hacking. Yes that’s a thing. Musician James Hill uses a pair of chopsticks and a cheap plastic comb to turn his uke into an analog drum machine and esoteric sound making machine. Skip to 3:45 to dive right in.

Bohemian Ukulele

Bohemian Ukulele

It may be a few years old, but we just had to share this performance from a 2010 TED session with musician Jake Shimabukuro. It starts out mellow, but Jake quickly pulls us in with his hypnotic uke skills. Hear more from Jake here.

Oona Rocks the Ukulele

Oona Rocks the Ukulele

A typical YouTube clip with a little girl playing the ukulele. Despite the sappy premise, we can assure you that you’ve never seen (or heard) anything quite like this awesome edit. Don’t miss the end.

Ukulele Pinball Wizard

Ukulele Pinball Wizard

Who knew The Who could sound so good played on ukuleles. Thanks to the Durham Ukelele Orchestra, we now know these tiny Hawaiian guitars can rock. Yeah, we know the guy on bass is cheating.

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