How to make a cake pan banjo ukulele

One of my favorite recent projects in MAKE is Chester Winowiecki's complete instructions for making an inexpensive "panjolele." It's a cake pan banjo ukulele and it sounds great. I just wish I could play and sing as well as Chester.

Below: everything you need to make a panjolele.


  1. I just heard Peter Frampton waxing nostalgic about his banjolele – the first instrument he learned to play, and one which he still plays on occasion.
    I doubt his was quite this metallic, though.

  2. I want to make one using a copper Pie pan over a copper and brass sauté or frying pan with the loop handle supporting the neck. Then I want to shine it up and coat it with clear coat plastic. That would be cool.

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