Ibanez Spalted Mango Cutaway Concert Ukulele

My Spalted Mango Ibanez

Ibanez Uew20SM Ukulele side
Hoshino Ibanez Spalted Mango Concert Ukulele back
Hoshino Ukulele side
Currently this has Martin strings on and is tuned g~C~E~A



Ibanez UEW20SM

The Spalting in Spalted Mango wood is the result of a fungus being in the tree before it is cut down. It gives the very pretty pattern in the grain without affecting the structure of the wood. That said, this, and I believe a lot of the other Spalted Mango Ukuleles are laminate and only have the decorative wood as a top veneer.

Like all Ibanez Ukuleles this one was made in Indonesia and it is very well made. All of the fittings are top quality and there is a good high gloss varnish to protect and show off the wood. It also came with a Ibanez gigbag. Playing wise, it came with Aquila strings and quite a high factory setup that I had to lower. Even so it is still not a easy play and sometime can sound quite ordinary to poor. When I get it right though, it has a very nice warm sound with plenty of sustain and an average acoustic volume (always the way with High Gloss)