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The UEW5 is an UEW series acoustic ukulele model introduced by Ibanez for 2015. It is made in China.

The UEW5 features a concert style EW body with a soft Florentine cutaway and a laminated mahogany top on mahogany back and sides with an open pore finish. The round soundhole has an abalone 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 Ibanez open gear tuning machines.

For 2018 the top, back and sides were changed to sapele, the rosewood fretboard and bridge were changed to purpleheart. For 2019 the mahogany neck was replaced with okoume.

The UEW5E is an acoustic/ electric version. The UEWT5 is a similar tenor model. The UEWS5 is a similar soprano model.

Specifications

Specifications for UEW5
Years: 2015–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa 2016 / Europe 2015–2016 / North & South America and Oceania 2015–2019 / 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: Mahogany (laminated)
                2018–2020: Sapele (laminated)
  Bracing: Fan
  Finish: Open pore
  Binding: Ivory

Back/sides:

  Material: 2015–2017: Mahogany
                2018–2020: Sapele
  Finish: Open pore

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Abalone
Neck
Neck profile:
UEW
Neck material:
2015–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece okoume
Scale length:
382mm/ 15"
Fingerboard:
2015–2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Purpleheart
Inlays:
Maple dot
Frets:
19
Nut:
Ivory plastic (35mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez open gear
Components
Bridge:
2015–2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Purpleheart (13mm string spacing)
Saddle:
Ivory plastic compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Strings (factory):
.024/.032/.037/.026 (Ibanez/Aquila NYLBLACK)
Factory tuning:
1A,2E,3C,4G

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