Player’s Choice Awards: Banjos, Mandolins, and Ukuleles

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You can’t throw a party without diversity—and AG readers diversified their Player’s Choice Award portfolios by weighing in on their favorite banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles. Here are the results:


The lighting-fast picking from these circular, synthetic-topped resonators is heard these days in everything from bluegrass to alt-country to rock.

Gold: Deering

Silver: Gibson

Bronze: Washburn



A cousin of the lute, there are many styles of these diminutive instruments—the archtop is most commonly associated with American folk music.

Gold: Gibson

Silver: Collings

Bronze: Eastman



Portable, affordable, and irresistibly fun to play, “ukes” have grown beyond their Polynesian origins and are now more popular than ever.

Gold: Martin

Silver: Lanikai

Bronze: Cordoba


For more 2014 Player’s Choice Award winners, check out We’ll be adding winners in select categories throughout the month, culminating July 1 with our… drumroll, please… Guitar of the Year award!

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