The only thing I would say about this guitar is not the guitar itself. The company does not have good customer service. I had a problem with the pickup and had to get another, the thing was they wouldn't sell me one because I wasn't a dealer. That is the only problem I have had with it.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sunset Music
Its a different kind of guitar, and has some good qualities as well as bad qualities. The sound is ok, but not as good as more expensive Jumbos or Dreadnaughts. The price is great, and its a good entry level instrument.
Price: $260.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
You get some great Ovation features with this guitar, like the turtle shaped lyrachord body, K-3 bracing pattern, spruce top, and thin 20-fret neck.
The funny shaped body makes it hard to hold sometimes, but it plays well with a strap. The neck is really small and thin, like an electric's, but it doesn't play very quickly. The action was decent when I got it, and the intonation was good. The frets are really tiny and not set up well.
Its an Ovation, which means you love it or hate it. I don't have enough experience to fill you in on the subtleties, but it does project well, and has a bright, treble rich tone. Open chords sound great, but Barre Chords get muddy or buzz because of the poor fretwork.
I dropped it once, and nothing happened. The re-inforced body adds durability, but the neck feels like a twig.