Ibanez UEW15E Concert Acoustic-Electric Ukulele
Ibanez is another prominent guitar brand that is doing well in the ukulele market, and the UEW15E exemplifies what the company is all about, combining modern playability, built-in electronics and sleek looks in an affordable package.
This one easily stands out with its flamed mahogany top and unique cut-away design, both of which are inspired by their existing acoustic electric guitar designs. While it does look unique, it doesn't stray too far when it comes to tone, and feel.
The built-in under-saddle pickup and UK-300T preamp help it stand out sonically by being viable for stage use.
Other features include mahogany neck, purple heart bridge and fretboard, maple inlays, and chrome open-gear tuners.
- Top: Flamed Mahogany
- Body: Flamed Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Purpleheart
- Frets: 19"
- Extras: Built-in Ibanez Undersaddle Pickup and UK-300T Preamp
Being visually appealing is easily one of the Ibanez UEW15E's strengths, and this is reflected in most reviews. There are also plenty of users who are happy with how it sounds, even more so when plugged in. As expected from Ibanez, there are plenty of commendations pointing to its easy playability.
There are a some who report minor cosmetic issues, while a few that are not happy with the fretwork quality. A few owners feel that the acoustic sound of the instrument is lacking, which given its size is more of a physical limitation.
If playability and modern styling ranks high in your list then this might be for you.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guides to The Best Concert Ukuleles and The Best Acoustic Electric Ukuleles.