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The UEW15E is an UEW series acoustic/ electric ukulele model introduced by Ibanez for 2015. It is made in China.

The UEW15E features a concert style EW body with a soft Florentine cutaway and a laminated flamed mahogany top on flamed mahogany back and sides with an open pore finish. The round soundhole has a maple rosette. It has a mahogany neck with a 19-fret rosewood fingerboard with maple dot position markers. Components include an ivory plastic saddle in a rosewood bridge, a plastic nut and chrome Grover open gear tuning machines. Electronics consist of an Ibanez under saddle pickup feeding a UK-300T preamp with onboard tuner powered by a pair of 2032 coin cells, and a ¼" endpin output jack.

For 2018 the top, back and sides were changed to flamed African mahogany, the rosewood fretboard and bridge were changed to purpleheart or treated New Zealand pine and ovangkol and the UK-300T preamp was replaced with the AEQ2U preamp. For 2019 the mahogany neck was replaced with okoume and the fretboard and bridge were standardized as purpleheart.

Several similar models have been produced with different body materials: UEW14E (ovangkol), UEW13E (bocote), UEW13MEE (Macassar ebony), UEW13E (bocote) and UEW12ACE (acacia). The UEW5E is a related model with a mahogany or sapele body, an abalone rosette and Ibanez tuners.

Specifications

Specifications for UEW15E
Years: 2015–2020
Areas: Asia & Africa / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China
Finishes: Open Pore Natural (OPN)
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
Concert style EW body w/ soft Florentine cutaway
Dimensions:
  Length: 267mm/ 10½"
  Width: 222mm/ 8¾"
  Depth: 70mm/ 2¾" (60mm at neck joint)
Top:

  Material: 2015–2017: Flamed mahogany (laminated)
                2018–2020: Flamed African mahogany (laminated)
  Bracing: Fan
  Finish: Open pore
  Binding: Ivory

Back/sides:

  Material: 2015–2017: Flamed mahogany
                2018–2020: Flamed African mahogany
  Finish: Open pore

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Maple
Neck
Neck profile:
UEW
Neck material:
2015–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece okoume
Scale length:
382mm/ 15"
Fingerboard:
2015–2017: Rosewood
2018: Purpleheart or treated New Zealand pine
2019–2020: Purpleheart
Inlays:
Maple dot
Frets:
19
Nut:
Ivory plastic (35mm)
Machine heads:
Grover open gear w/ black knobs
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Ibanez Under Saddle
Preamp:
2015–2017: Ibanez UK-300T w/ onboard tuner
2018–2020: Ibanez AEQ2U w/ onboard tuner
Output jack(s):
¼" endpin
Battery:
Two 2032 coin cells
Bridge:
2015–2017: Rosewood
2018: Purpleheart or ovangkol
2019–2020: Purpleheart (13mm string spacing)
Saddle:
Ivory plastic compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Strings (factory):
Ibanez/Aquila NYLBLACK

Images

Additional details
Ibanez UK-300T preamp
UK-300T preamp controls
Ibanez AEQ2U preamp diagram
AEQ2U preamp controls

Sources

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