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The UEW5E is an UEW series acoustic/ electric ukulele model introduced by Ibanez for 2015. It is made in China. The UEW5EJ is an identical model sold in Japan.

The UEW5E 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. 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 sapele, the rosewood fretboard and bridge were changed to purpleheart and the UK-300T preamp was replaced with the AEQ2U preamp. For 2019 the mahogany neck was replaced with okoume.

The UEW5 is a standard acoustic version. The UEW15E, UEW13MEE, UEW13E, UEW12E, UEW12ACE are related models with flamed mahogany, Macassar ebony, bocote, flamed maple and acacia bodies, respectively. The UEWT5E is a related tenor model.

Specifications

Specifications for UEW5E
Name: UEW5E / UEW5EJ
Years: 2015–2020
Areas: 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
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
2018–2020: 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

Images

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

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