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 for UEW15E
Areas: Asia & Africa / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA