Keech Ukulele

The question of who invented the banjulele has long been debated. What can’t be debated is that Alvin Keech was the man who trademarked the term ‘banjulele’ and the man who popularized it. Keech was born in Hawaii and moved to England (I can’t imagine what possessed him). His instruments exploded in popularity in the 1920’s and 30’s and are still very popular with banjo uke collectors today.

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Although Keech are most famed for their banjoleles, they also made wooden ukes. Here’s Matt Richards playing a rather lovely tune on his vintage Keech ukulele.

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4 Comments

  1. Ann Keech June 15th, 2011 4:51 am

    I’ve been playing a uke since I was a kid but I’ve only just begun doing any research into the instrument although I own five! Imagine my surprise and delight in discouvering that a respected brand bears my name! I would dearly love to get my hands on a “Keech”.

  2. Peter Boothman December 6th, 2013 1:30 pm

    I have a Keech banjolele with the marking L/B 988

    Can anyone tell me what the marking indicate?

    Thanks

  3. graham white March 22nd, 2014 10:25 am

    i have just acquired an Alvin Keech banjulele in seemingly good condition, but no strings. I am anxious to play it…what strings should i use?
    soprano uke?
    By the way the number is B3387
    Pat.No. 219720/24
    It has wooden tuning pags.
    Can anybody tell me anything else about it’s providence?

  4. R.Scullard April 7th, 2014 9:54 pm

    For Graham White.I have just obtained a Keech Banjulele no A 4274. I has wooden pegs which work well as the strings are very light. Excellent tone and plenty of volume! I love it and will get rid of some of my other Banjoleles which I won’t use often now! Buy thin Banjolele strings, not a wire bound C string. Enjoy. R.

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