Ovation Balladeer Special - S861

Guitar

Made by Ovation

Description If you're looking for a "playable" acoustic, this is the way to go; however, you'll need to go to the music shops and find one that has a solid unplugged sound.
Posted By Jim Keenan (391)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 7/26/2000, Daniel Laurin (13) posted:
Overall Rating:
I had a applause made by ovation before this one and I love the style,the adanas look,this one is different in that it as only one sound hole.it is very light wich is good in long jams.it feels good to me the back is very comfy.Maybe a better e.q. on this model,but all &all it's great..
Model Year: 1998
Price: $950.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: steve's music store
Features:
Made u.s mahogany neck solid top roundback piezo p.u.
Playability:
Yes action is ajustable neck is very comfortable,my hand does'nt get tired,(my fingers do lol.) it compares very well to other tin bodied guit just the feedback but that is fixed.
Sound Quality:
Crate ca60 accoustic just the amps on bosrd effects chorus reverb good for accoustic rock and i play mostly what i want on it it does limit me i had trouble with feedback.but the feedback buster fixed the problem although unpluged it is not as loud but that is to be expected it is a great guit live
Durability:
Very steady inside,but i played a gig on a stage outdoors and the temperature drop about 5 degrees and the sound got kinda funky.my guitar got cold and it didn't sound as good to me.but i'm very critical of my sound!!!
On 4/26/2000, Jim Keenan (391) posted:
Overall Rating:
I want to give this 5 stars, but that is reserved for those $2000 professional guitars. I love this guitar. I have been playing it much more than my Tele the past month, and I expect to continue. If you're an electric player who wants a playable acoustic, you can't go wrong here. Just go down and play a bunch of them to get one that fits your ear.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $659.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Portland
Features:
Made in the U.S. This model features a shallow bowl, with a solid sitka spruce top, satin finsh; an OP-24 Plus pre-amp with slimeline pickup; a Mahogany neck. It has a very "stripped-down" elegant appearance. No fancy inlays, gold trimmings, glossy shine.
Playability:
I am an electric player (Telecaster) and I've been looking for an Aucoustic I can play easily. This is it. Feels great. The shallow bowl is very comfortable. Fretting the strings is as easy as on the Tele -- hard to believe that it's strung with 12's
Sound Quality:
I played nearly every Ovation model in the store, as well as some Takamines and Tacomas. In many cases the Ovation sound was a bit thin in comparison when unplugged; however, this one had a beautiful warm, even tone. It was as good as any of the Takamines, and almost as good as the much pricier Tacomas. I suspect that the good sound may be particular to this guitar, and that it varies from axe to axe within each model of the Ovation line (as with any line of guitars, I imagine). Plugged in, it is absolutely gorgeous. Indeed, all the Ovations had a very good plugged-in sound.
Durability:
It is very light in weight, but has an excellent balance and feel. Seems to be durable. Plus you never have to worry about the back of the guitar. Tuners seem solid. Preamp seems well installed.