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Other names Guitarlele, Guilele, Kīkū'
Classification String instrument
Related instruments

A guitalele (sometimes spelled guitarlele or guilele), also called a kīkū,[1][2] is a guitar-ukulele hybrid, that is, "a 1/4 size" guitar, a cross between a classical guitar and a tenor or baritone ukulele.[3] The guitalele combines the portability of a ukulele, due to its small size, with the six single strings and resultant chord possibilities of a classical guitar. It may include a built-in microphone that permits playing the guitalele either as an acoustic guitar or connected to an amplifier. The guitalele is variously marketed (and used) as a travel guitar or children's guitar.[4]

A guitalele is the size of a ukulele, and is commonly played like a guitar transposed up to “A” (that is, up a 4th, or like a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret). This gives it tuning of ADGCEA, with the top four strings tuned like a low G ukulele.[5] This is the same as the tuning of a requinto guitar, although the latter are typically larger than a guitalele.

Several guitar and ukulele manufacturers market guitaleles, including Yamaha Corporation's GL-1 Guitalele,[6][7] Cordoba's Guilele[8] and Mini,[9] Koaloha's D-VI 6-string tenor ukulele,[10] Mele's Guitarlele,[11] Kanilea's GL6 Guitarlele[12] and Islander GL6,[13] Luna's 6-string baritone ukulele,[14] the Lichty Kīkū,[1] the Kinnard Kīkū,[2] and the Gretsch guitar-ukulele.[15]


  1. ^ a b Kiku, latest offspring in the ukulele family, Lichty Guitars (Dec. 11, 2014).
  2. ^ a b Birth of the Kīkū', Kinnard Ukes (accessed September 2015).
  3. ^ George Rajna, What in the world in a guitalele?, Huffington Post 01/09/2013.
  4. ^ Anderton, Craig (July 1, 2002). "Guitar Player". Freaks of Frankfurt. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "Guitarlele | Ukulele Review". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  6. ^ Nikkei Weekly (December 22, 1997) Small guitar can be amplified. Section: New products, science & Technology. Page 10.
  7. ^ "GL1". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  8. ^ Cordoba Guilele, (accessed 9 July 2013).
  9. ^ Cordoba Mini, (accessed September 2015).
  10. ^ Koaloha D-VI, (accessed 9 July 2013).
  11. ^ Mele Spruce Top Guitarlele, Mele Ukulele (accessed 9 July 2013).
  12. ^ Kanilea Guitarlele, Kanilea Ukulele (accessed 9 July 2013).
  13. ^ Islander GL6 Guitarlele by Kanilea (accessed 19 Sep. 2015).
  14. ^ Tattoo 6-string baritone ukulele, Luna Guitars (accessed 18 May 2014).
  15. ^ Gretsch G9126 Guitar-Ukulele, Gretsch Guitars (access 15 May 2015).