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    The little instrument that's getting big again.

    The Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Mini Ukulele has its own voice and is fun to play and it's also a serious and well-made musical instrument. The UAE20 ukulele is a standard soprano size uke with a multi-soundhole design borrowed from the stunning Ovation guitars. This Applause ukulele also features a solid spruce top, a rounded Lyrachord body for sweet tone and good projection. Onboard electronics and quality tuners complete the performance-level Applause UAE20— a ukulele for serious players.

    Case sold separately

    Features

    • Soprano (standard)
    • Body type: multi-soundhole ukulele with rounded back
    • Body material: Lyrachord composite
    • Body and headstock design taken from Ovation guitars
    • Solid spruce top
    • Onboard electronics for plugging in
    • Case sold separately

    It's beautiful, little, and has a cool sound. Order it and expand your repertoire.

     

    UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele Specifications:

    • 13-5/8" scale
    • 1-3/8" nut width
    • 17 frets
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    ApplauseUAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele
     
    4.4

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Beautiful Instrument

      I've taken it out to 2 events in two weeks, an open mic and a jam session. Other players have given several nice comments on the new acquisition.
      Electronics took a bit of...Read complete review

      I've taken it out to 2 events in two weeks, an open mic and a jam session. Other players have given several nice comments on the new acquisition.
      Electronics took a bit of fudging to get a good tone. I am using a small, battery powered amp (also new) and I found I had to turn the uke's tone to full bass and the amp's tone to full treble to get anything remotely pleasing. This could have as much to do with the amp as the uke. The pictures did little to prepare me for just how small the fingerboard really was, but over the course of a week, several chords which took some doing at first became second nature. I find that a few chords still will have one string pulled sharp or flat by the way my fingers have to squeeze in, but it's getting better. Without my realizing it, the whole instrument driftted down a half step over a few days. I'm wondering about the button for holding a strap. There doesn't seem to be a good place for the other end to attach. But the uke is so light, I only miss the support occasionally.
      Very well made, and visually attractive as well as good sounding. Only the electronics' touchiness prevents me from giving it 10 out of 10 for quality.
      I was looking at this model for well over a year. I finally jumped at the chance to save a little on a "gently used" item. I figured there was not much anyone could do to hurt an Ovation. But, even beyond my expectations, I couldn't find a scratch on it. It was shipped to me really fast also.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Expected Better from Applause!

      I am an elementary music teacher and I bought this ukulele to plug in and so I could model for my students. I was very disappointed with the poor attention to detail that is...Read complete review

      I am an elementary music teacher and I bought this ukulele to plug in and so I could model for my students. I was very disappointed with the poor attention to detail that is put into making this higher end uke (base on MSRP.)

      Material was solid, but attention to detail was poor. I purchased the flat black finish which easily marked up. The sound hole decoration was a nice touch, but it looked like who ever made it did not even take the time to sand off the rough cuts.
      The sound was weak. I have several ukeleles and by far this was the weakest sounding uke when played unplugged. When plugged in, the volume was probably 10% my other AE ukes.

      I sent the first one back on exchange because of the weak plugged-in sound and string buzz on the 1st string due to bad nut.
      I was very disappointed when the second one arrived and buzzed even worse. Same issues with the finish easily getting marks on it. Same poor workmanship on sound hole detailing. Same weak plugged in sound.
      I had expected more from Applause.
      I ended up return it for a full refund and going with something else.

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      5.0

      great gift to The wife

      By Top Hat

      from orange Beach AL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Short Elec Fixed It Myse

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

      Plays great sounds Great.Wife Loves it

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By Master Plucker of the 4-String Mother

      from Olney, MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

          It's built like an Ovation guitar so instead of a flat wood back like most ukuleles it has a rounded plastic back but I personally like that so it's not a problem for me.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome little instrument!

          By Gilberto Bermudez

          from Caracas, Venezuela

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Great Looks
          • Well made

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Live shows

            Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

            The workmanship and finish on my uke is flawless! Am truly proud to play this instrumet! Tone is excellent both acoustically as well as amplified: cut the high end a bit and you're all set. This is a soprano ukelele, so the fret space is very tiny. Even so, I've been able to adapt quite well! If you have big hands perhaps a concert size or bigger uke would suit you best. But for that authentic ukelele sound, this is the uke to get! Very happy with my purchase and as always, MF delivered quickly and hassle free. Now let's go make some music!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Expected Better from Applause!

            By Uke Teacher

            from Stockton, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                I am an elementary music teacher and I bought this ukulele to plug in and so I could model for my students. I was very disappointed with the poor attention to detail that is put into making this higher end uke (base on MSRP.)

                Material was solid, but attention to detail was poor. I purchased the flat black finish which easily marked up. The sound hole decoration was a nice touch, but it looked like who ever made it did not even take the time to sand off the rough cuts.
                The sound was weak. I have several ukeleles and by far this was the weakest sounding uke when played unplugged. When plugged in, the volume was probably 10% my other AE ukes.

                I sent the first one back on exchange because of the weak plugged-in sound and string buzz on the 1st string due to bad nut.
                I was very disappointed when the second one arrived and buzzed even worse. Same issues with the finish easily getting marks on it. Same poor workmanship on sound hole detailing. Same weak plugged in sound.
                I had expected more from Applause.
                I ended up return it for a full refund and going with something else.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Color not as advertised, Rusty Tuners

                By Kevin Bumbarger

                from Florida

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Rusty Tuners

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                This product is a well made little Uke. Intonation was spot on. I did have some issues. The "Black Stain" color version is not a stain at all as it appears in the images. The images appear to show a wood grain with a back stain on it. It is actually just a flat black paint on the face of the Uke. MF should update the images or description to avoid confusion. There are also specs of rust on tuners on the underside of the head stock. Perhaps my uke sat in a humid area for a while. I am disappointed in the rust and because this is not the coloration i expected. These issues aside, this uke is sturdy and sounds great.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful Instrument

                By Jack Dalton

                from Ames, Iowa

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                I've taken it out to 2 events in two weeks, an open mic and a jam session. Other players have given several nice comments on the new acquisition.
                Electronics took a bit of fudging to get a good tone. I am using a small, battery powered amp (also new) and I found I had to turn the uke's tone to full bass and the amp's tone to full treble to get anything remotely pleasing. This could have as much to do with the amp as the uke. The pictures did little to prepare me for just how small the fingerboard really was, but over the course of a week, several chords which took some doing at first became second nature. I find that a few chords still will have one string pulled sharp or flat by the way my fingers have to squeeze in, but it's getting better. Without my realizing it, the whole instrument driftted down a half step over a few days. I'm wondering about the button for holding a strap. There doesn't seem to be a good place for the other end to attach. But the uke is so light, I only miss the support occasionally.
                Very well made, and visually attractive as well as good sounding. Only the electronics' touchiness prevents me from giving it 10 out of 10 for quality.
                I was looking at this model for well over a year. I finally jumped at the chance to save a little on a "gently used" item. I figured there was not much anyone could do to hurt an Ovation. But, even beyond my expectations, I couldn't find a scratch on it. It was shipped to me really fast also.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I love my ukelele!

                By Zaida Granados

                from Miami, FL

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                It's great for the price. While there might be some visible scrathing of the finish under the bridge, it dowsn't affect the performance of the instrument. Overall I am extremely happy with it.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great!

                By Joshua Delp

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                Overall i think it was a great purchase and is going to be great for a gift!
                it was delivered on time and was exactly what i wanted. Love the fact that it is Acoustic/Electric
                It is sturdy and very well made!
                Worth it

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Brilliant Ukulele

                By JayRod

                from Fishermans Paradise Australia

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                My parents bought this ukulele for me for Christmas, they ordered it about a month before Christmas and it got here 6 days after it was paid for, and I live in Australia! The ukulele has a great sound with or with out amps & plugs in really well to my miniature amp & works equally as well with a bigger amplifier. Brilliant design, far better than in the pictures, the strings have a great sound, they slip out of tune but that's expected with the original strings. Simple, easy to use electronic controls. Sounds brilliant acoustically. All up a brilliant investment in a brilliant looking and awesome sounding ukulele.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Decent.

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Applause UAE20 Acoustic-Electric Deluxe Soprano Ukulele:

                I bought this about a year ago. My friends love it. It is fun to play and projects well. Sounds great with a thin pick. Electrically is isn't the best, which is a reason why I gave it a 4/5 in quality. The highest string (A string) doesn't get picked up well through the electronics. This is probably just the placing of the internals, and might not apply to all ukuleles. Also, the neck isn't really secure. Mine got sat on "gently," and the neck snapped right off. It was an easy fix, but it showed me how it was attached. After I used some wood glue and a bunch of clamps, it worked and sounded better than ever. Be warned, it is very small. Overall, pretty good uke. I would play before I purchase. Also, it doesn't record all that well. If you want a recording uke, purchase a tenor or concert size, which (in my experiences) project a lot better.

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