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Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System  

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  • Mahogany sides and back
  • Mahogany top
  • Satin finish
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      Oscar Schmidt

      A class-act ukulele with active electronics.

      An all-mahogany body gives the Oscar Schmidt OU2E Soprano Ukulele with Active Pickup System a warm tone that can easily be amplified via its active pickup system. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge and chrome tuners.

      Case sold separately.

      Features

      • Mahogany sides and back
      • Mahogany top
      • Satin finish
      • Rosewood fingerboard
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Chrome tuners
      • Active pickup system
      • Case sold separately

      Serious players will find this uke to their liking. Order today.

       
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      Oscar SchmidtOU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System
       
      3.8

      (based on 27 reviews)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for the price

      Get it. You won't be sorry!
      I purchased one of these after enjoying the Oscar Schmidt Soprano. I needed something with a built-in pickup for a live show and this one peaked my...Read complete review

      Get it. You won't be sorry!
      I purchased one of these after enjoying the Oscar Schmidt Soprano. I needed something with a built-in pickup for a live show and this one peaked my interest due to the good reviews and, of course, the price. I am not disappointed. The uke sounds fine plugged-in, much better than the Applause uke that recently stopped working and is probably not worth fixing. It's a bigger sound than the Soprano. I really like that the battery is easy to load. My only two criticisms (and they're minor) is the sound of the GHS strings. I will definitely change these. Second, the 1/4" input is very snug. It actually takes a bit of pressure to get the cord locked in place. The good thing is that it won't come out easily during a gig!
      I have never played really expensive ukes, so I have nothing to compare it with. But why tempt myself? The quality on this works for my purposes.
      There is no comparison to anyting else that I've found in this price range.

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      Not Such A Bargain

      Well. I had a uke a few years ago that literally exploded, and have wanted another since. Finally decided to take the plunge with one of these. Money was an issue, so...Read complete review

      Well. I had a uke a few years ago that literally exploded, and have wanted another since. Finally decided to take the plunge with one of these. Money was an issue, so it seemed like the best plan to get one of these and be able to plug in with my band...thought it'd be fun. I was wrong. This uke doesn't really succeed as an acoustic instrument, nor as an electric one. For starters, this is NOT a "soprano" uke. The scale length is approximately that of a "concert" uke. Sure, they're tuned the same, but they don't sound the same. The scale length is also about 3/16" too short for proper intonation. MOving the bridge is not something I want to pay a luthier to do, but I may have to. Accurate intonation is IMPOSSIBLE. I refuse to listen to people who say that asking for accurate intonation on a uke is a fool's errand. I owned a cheapo uke that was in tune with itself up to the 12th fret, and this one, at approximately 3 times the cost of that one, is acceptably in tune with itself MAYBE up to the 5th fret. Next, the "pickup" is, shall we say, "rough." It must be some sort of unit that attaches to the underside of the soundboard, since there is nothing under the saddle. The electronics take up MOST of the interior of the instrument, and severely impede the acoustic sound. The neck is nicely bound, I'll say that.Otherwise, you get pretty much what you pay for. I guess I shouldn't have expected more.

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      1.0

      Very low quality

      By Rik

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Can't Change Battery
        • Poor Sound
        • Poor Workmanship

        Best Uses

        • Doorstop
        • Firewood

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        Quality control on these ukuleles is poor. It sounds worse than much cheaper ones and doesn't stay in tune. The battery is impossible to change, so once the battery dies, the pickup is useless. I tried changing the battery through the soundhole, but they made the wires too short to put in a new battery. I also tried removing the screws that hold in the pickup controls but the wires were too short to pull it out to change the battery. Then I couldn't screw the pickup control back in because the screw holes were stripped in the cheap wood. Avoid this ukulele. You can get better for much less.

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        4.0

        A step up from my beginner uke.

        By Kk

        from Blaine, WA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Pickup
        • Price

        Cons

        • Finish

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        I purchased this ukulele to upgrade from a student level uke.
        Out of the box, this uke looked nice. It is all laminate wood, but there is an attractive grain and a natural mahogany? tone. Pleasant surprise to see "Made in Indonesia" instead of made in China. The overall finish is well done, no visible flaws.
        The guitar style tuners hold tune much better than the friction tuners on my previous uke. I checked the intonation after tuning and the uke was in tune to the 12th fret and beyond. The previous uke I had would lose its intonation if the strings were pressed too hard. Made for a difficult time when playing chords. Comparatively, the OU2E plays like a dream.
        The ability to be plugged in is a big selling point. Plugged in, the uke seemed to lose some definition if playing chords and the high frequency seemed muted - maybe that was my amp settings. Nice to be able to plug in if you are jamming or playing with a group. Contrary to previous reviews the battery is easy to change on the uke.

        Would recommend the OU2E to other novice players.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for the price

        By Scott Bierko

        from New York

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        Get it. You won't be sorry!
        I purchased one of these after enjoying the Oscar Schmidt Soprano. I needed something with a built-in pickup for a live show and this one peaked my interest due to the good reviews and, of course, the price. I am not disappointed. The uke sounds fine plugged-in, much better than the Applause uke that recently stopped working and is probably not worth fixing. It's a bigger sound than the Soprano. I really like that the battery is easy to load. My only two criticisms (and they're minor) is the sound of the GHS strings. I will definitely change these. Second, the 1/4" input is very snug. It actually takes a bit of pressure to get the cord locked in place. The good thing is that it won't come out easily during a gig!
        I have never played really expensive ukes, so I have nothing to compare it with. But why tempt myself? The quality on this works for my purposes.
        There is no comparison to anyting else that I've found in this price range.

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice sound w Pickup

        By Carlos Reoyo

        from Puerto Rico

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        I got mine about 2 years ago. It is and was my 1st uke. It seems that the battery changing problem was in older models. Now is very easy to replace the batteries. I used mine w a Line 6 amp and a Roland JC90 and sounds great. Having a pickup really make a difference.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Its almost perfect

        By Grant

        from Louisisana

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        First off I got a lankai peice of junk so I sent that back and got this. This ukulele I think is great for any beginner who wants to learn how to play. It came to me in perfect condition. It is really fun to learn on, the only problem is that its a real war to replace the battery. That is the only problem for me. Solution for that is to not play on an amp all the time unless you need to. Other than that I would recomend this instrument to any beginner who is looking to step up in ukuleles.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Set-up hard; Plays well.

        By Grrlie

        from Northern Virginia

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        This was my first ukulele and for the price I was expecting it to be kind of poor quality.Actually the quality is great! I've had no problems with it, (except the battery, which I'll get to later)It came well-packaged and although I had to replace the factory strings with Martins (a good choice anyway, the sound was MUCH improved) I found the intonation to be pretty good. It sounds great both acoustically and electrically. This uke is a lot of fun.My only problem was getting the battery in the ukulele. I installed it with all the strings off and still had trouble accessing the inside of the ukulele. It took me about half an hour to get it in, but then I think the sound that results is worth the trouble.Excellent beginner uke!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        It falls apart

        By Honest Store Owner

        from Pacific Islands

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        I bought two for my music store. Out of the I found serious problem with a glued joint coming apart. The bridge fell off two days later. Find another brand that does not fall apart unless you LIKE to glue things back together.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not Such A Bargain

        By Artie Fisk

        from New Paltz, NY

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        Well. I had a uke a few years ago that literally exploded, and have wanted another since. Finally decided to take the plunge with one of these. Money was an issue, so it seemed like the best plan to get one of these and be able to plug in with my band...thought it'd be fun. I was wrong. This uke doesn't really succeed as an acoustic instrument, nor as an electric one. For starters, this is NOT a "soprano" uke. The scale length is approximately that of a "concert" uke. Sure, they're tuned the same, but they don't sound the same. The scale length is also about 3/16" too short for proper intonation. MOving the bridge is not something I want to pay a luthier to do, but I may have to. Accurate intonation is IMPOSSIBLE. I refuse to listen to people who say that asking for accurate intonation on a uke is a fool's errand. I owned a cheapo uke that was in tune with itself up to the 12th fret, and this one, at approximately 3 times the cost of that one, is acceptably in tune with itself MAYBE up to the 5th fret. Next, the "pickup" is, shall we say, "rough." It must be some sort of unit that attaches to the underside of the soundboard, since there is nothing under the saddle. The electronics take up MOST of the interior of the instrument, and severely impede the acoustic sound. The neck is nicely bound, I'll say that.Otherwise, you get pretty much what you pay for. I guess I shouldn't have expected more.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good sound, annoying to setup.

        By Sepp

        from Park Ridge, IL

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        When I first got it, it was "broken" like a lot of people are saying in their reviews. By "broken," I'm pretty sure most people mean that the battery casing was flopping around inside the uke. That's not broken, it's just dissasembled, but I'll get to that later.The OU2E Soprano Ukulele has a really nice sound, both plugged and unplugged. In my experience on my weak crate practice amp, this thing is LOUD. I have to turn down the settings that I use with my guitar. Adding pedals to the mix makes this uke a lot of fun to play with.It stays in tune for extended periods of time, unlike most ukes that I play. I've only actively played up the 14th fret, but even then there is -no- fret buzz. I get compliments on the sound anytime I play around musicians.The downside of the instrument is the aforementioned battery casing. In order to replace the battery, you have to unscrew the sliders and pull it out. Then, you have to put the battery on the casing and put it back in. THEN, you have to attach the casing to the sliders...FROM THE INSIDE. It's very difficult and it takes the loosening of atleast 1 strong. I don't know what they were thinking with that one.Thankfully, that is the only downside to the instrument I've found. It plays great, sounds great, and looks great. Rock on, Oscar Schmidt.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Surprise

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU2E Concert Ukulele with Active Pickup System:

        I bought this uke as a blem at the KC retail center. I had originally gone in to get an OU5 that a friend told me he saw there. The sound is incredible... it beats the OU5 in sound and tone, but lacks in appearance. The tuners aren't as nice as the OU5, but work fine. This is a superb instrument, and I would venture to say, probably the best value as far as sound.

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