The ukulele or uke, originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese "machete", a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It gained significant popularity in the United States during the early part of the 20th century, and is now appreciated worldwide as a leading musical instrument of choice. The tone and volume of the ukulele varies with size and construction with four popular variations: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Our ukulele guitars are built with value, quality, playability, and functionality in mind. Define your own sound and style with a Dean Ukulele. Get Your Wings!