Overall, this is a great buy. I keep my Martin D35 in the dehumidified storage room for fear of exposing it to too much humidity. The Applause stays close by for quick practiceing and playing with friends on the beach. Change the strings about once a month or the day before playing a gig and she'll sound good for a long time.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $239.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
This is a lower end Ovation acoustic/electric made in China from stock materials with the round plactic back. It has the standard cutaway body with multiple sound holes. The finish is natural and very good.
The action is adjustable by removing or adding the shims under the saddle. The neck is more like an electric guitar- slightly rounded and plays all types of music very nice. Compared to other guitars I've played that are much more expensive, this one is a great buy for a beginner or intermediate player.
Plalyed without being plugged in leaves a little to be desired. The sound is a little shallow if you're used to playing a big dreadnaught.I bought it to play and use as a loaner in my bar on open mic nights. When it's plugged in you can get acceptable sound and is more than enough for most small gig applications.
I bought the guitar new and have played the hell out of it both in gigs and practicing and it's held up under the most drastic of conditions. I live and work in Costa Rica in an area that shifts from dry (60% humidity) for 6 months and super humid (90-95% humidity)for 6 months. The guitar has seen one luthier for a neck adjustment and that's it!
I like it a lot... it is affordable and it sounds good. very pretty. and sounds perfect unplugged...
Model Year: 2000
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
This 6 string shallow bowl accoustic was made in Taiwan, modeled by Ovation. has a mohagany neck and fret board, and a graphite shallow bowl body. the finish color is black. has one cuttaway. it has "tone" and "gain" controls on the side. it sounds beautiful with Elixer strings...
It is very easy to play, the shallow body shape makes it more comfortable to handle, and low string action make it easy to move along the fret board. the only flaw in this guitar is the pickup. it doesn't have a bass-mid-treble range to mess with so running strait into a PA, the sound comes out very trebly (?). an equilizer helps it out a lot, so you would need an accoustic peddle or somthing with an equilizer if you wanted to plug it in and have it sound good. other than that, it sounds very good unplugged.
As i said.. the pickup is its only fault...
Pretty druable... i've accidentally bumped it a few times and no scratches yet....
A great guitar if you can pick it up ex-demo.
Where Obtained: Sound Control, Glasgow
Features don't really come to play in a guitar like this, IMHO, but the usual gain & tone sliders are there.
I've never had many problems. Kinda wish my hands were bigger tho :P
It has a nice tone to it, and the intonation's fine.
Sems pretty solid. It's survived its fair share of knocks.