I was torn between the Takamine G series, the yamaha F and Cpx series and the Ovation. this one came out on top because of the great deal i got on it. It retails for $720 and I have found it elsewhere as low as $499 without the case, and I got mine for $350 with the case...Almost too cheap. The sound was awesome and it is the only solid top guitar in this price range to sound this great. my favorite thing about this guitar is how it sounds live, and how it looks, it is beautiful. the worst aspect of it is the high action it came from the factory with. Over all I would buy it again.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music and Arts Center
This is Korean made Ovation with solid AASitka spruce top and two piece Mahogony neck with rosewood fret board with 20 frets. It has the new three band eq pre- amp with built in tuner and thin line under bridge pick up. It is single cut-away with nice honeyburst finish.
It came with a crappy set up (strings in orbit) but other than that it is easy to play. It has a narrow neck. the only flaws i can see are minor and are in the finish. there is a rough spot on the finger board at the bottom kind of like extra paint or something? No major defects that I can see.
I love the sound of this guitar, say what you will about the plastic back, it is awesome!! It projects really well unplugged, but comes through like nothing else plugged in. I play through a vintage gibson Starfire amp and boss super chorus and it is beautiful. I play mostly folk and some classic rock, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, etc. It is great for all of these. I have played out only once in a small venue, and it performed well. I recorded only with 4 track and, again, it did well. a little bright to record with though.
I have developed a buzz coming from something loose inside, until this happened I would have thought it to be indestructable. I travel quite a bit with it, but am a fantatic about protecting it, so I am annoyed by the buzz sound.