When I bought my Ovation I had looked at Gibsons and Yamahas. I pretty much new I wanted the Ovation because I liked it's look.The sound became a problem for awhile but i had found a few that where really good. out of twelve that I looked at just in the local music stores there where three that had really exceptional tone. So I new really good ones where not simply a fluk. I just had to find one that I could afford. Like i said earlier the really good ones they wanted $900.00 for and for me at that time this was a real issue. so i went to the newspapaer and eventually found one for $300.00.
I am currently shopping for a gibson les paul. and don't feel any need to upgrade my acustic. I don't believe I ever will. I could certainly find different but probably not much better. if anything ever happened to her I would replace it in a heartbeat.
Where Obtained: newspapaper
I'm not quite sure which model I own. I went around town and played every ovation I could get my hands on. I chose the deeper body because it had a richer sound.
Even the deep bodied ovations seemed to very quite a bit in sound. I got real lucky to find this one. guitars at the music stores with comparable sound where running $900.00 I got this one for a little more than nothing. if your willing to shop these guitars have beutiful sound.
Mine is acusto-elec. transfarent red. lookes like cherry wood. has a cherry wood fret board. 22-frets. real wood neck but i don't know what kind of wood. It's still one of the best sounding guitars I've heard in the last 10 years. I personally use light strings on it. nothing bigger than .050 i like them to start at .010
the sound dosen't suffer much with a set that falls in that range.
This is the first guitar that ever felt really comfortable to me. the action is very light. and smooth. I constantly get this renewed in my mind when i try to play other peoples guitars they feel heavy like i have to fight them. the bowled back is the only thing i ever have a complaint about after standing and playing for awhile it can begin to feel a little awkward maybe I'm just getting tired.
At home i have a small gorilla amp. on stage it is fed directly to the sound board and I have no idea what they have after that.I play contemporary christian music this guitar fits the job perfectly. it has a sound at times that would shame an organ. our band has drums,bass, keyboard. we can get pretty roudy for being a christian worship team. The ovation keeps up with all of it. from soft slow hymns to all out rock. I prefer to switch to a gibson epiphone electric for the really fast stuff. but if needed the ovation can hold her own.
This is one well built guitar. the only work i have done to it in 10 years is tightening the tuning keys once. it came with them loose and I have no idea how they got that way because they've never loosened up again. of course i take very good care of it . it stays in a hard shell case when i am not playing it even at home. I've banged it around a couple of times and it now has a couple of small marks to show for it. I've never gotten any buzz or anything from the electronics. It's pretty much been trouble free.
I chose this guitar because of the price, and I figured I'd be able to fix it pretty cheap. If it was lost or stolen, I would buy another if that was all I could afford to spend.
Where Obtained: eBay
Not sure where this one was made, the label doesn't say. Probably means it was made in the Orient. No clue what kind of wood anywhere in the guitar. Under saddle pickup with pre-amp. Battery located inside the guitar.
The neck had a nasty 3 way crack that a local repair shop wanted $300 to fix. Poured half a tube of krazy glue in the crack and held it for awhile. It's held for a month so far. The action is just a tiny bit higher than it should be, but it still plays good. I might see about adjusting the saddle and seeing if I can take it down a little.
No amp at this time, just playing thru my home stereo, sometimes with a Phaser (only pedal I have). Play pretty much anything that could be classified as rock on it. Some more classical sort of things as well. I'd say it's pretty well suited to anything. It has a full, bassy sound. I believe it's a mid-bowl depth. All in all, I love the sound. I generally prefer not to have too much of the highs come through in my playing, so this one suits my style.
I'd say it's pretty durable, considering that it's still playable after the nasty crack it got. It also stays in tune really well.