William C. Stahl was born in 1869, and became interested in music at an early age. He learned to play banjo and, while still a teenager, composed a banjo solo that was published by S. S. Stewart. Music became his profession, and after teaching for a few years he established a company in Milwaukee that manufactured instruments and published music. He claimed to be the first maker of tenor banjos. In addition to the instruments Stahl built, he also had them built by other companies, including the famous Larson Brothers, under the Stahl name.

Openback banjo ukuleles exist with WM. STAHL MAKER MILWAUKEE, WIS. stamped on the dowel stick. They have an attractive peghead inlay and diamond inlays on the fingerboard. Very likely they were not actually built by Stahl.

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