The Super Shallow Bowl is a much better fit to me than the regular size bowl Balladeer I had.
I bought this guitar because of the price was to low to pass up.
Price paid after mark down without salesman
knowing he marked it down again.
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend-list399.00
Super Shallow Bowl
20 Nickel frets
Sprue top-A stlye bracing
A Super Shallow Bowl is the way to go if you get a Ovation.
You can play this guitar standing up with No Problems
The reg. bowl tilts up and makes it very hard to play.
Clear rich tones with nice sustain.
This is no Gibson or Martin by any means but does have its own place in sound quality.
So far It stays in tune very well.
I sold my Alvarez RD10 when I bought this guitar. While the Alvarez was also a nice guitar for the money, I just don't like that huge "feel" it had.
If this guitar were lost or stolen, I would probably make the jump to the CS257 simply because I like the Ovation sound holes better than the traditional one.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center - Westland, MI
Made in Korea. Grabbed one with the ruby red finish a while back when Guitar Center had them on sale.
Pretty much entry level hardware/electronics/materials, but tough to beat for the price. Sounds fantastic. The built in tuner alone is worth the price of admission.
I'm far from an expert, but this guitar plays like a dream. I like how it's round back makes it much smaller than most acoustics, without sacrificing sound quality.
Definitely no flaws here, even if it is made in Korea.
The CC057 has the regular sound hole, so to me it sounds better unplugged. I'd eventually like to pick up a CS257 with the "Ovation" sound holes figuring that it would still sound great unplugged and not feedback so much through an amp.
It has a nice bright sound and maybe it's just me, but it sounds like it has just a little bit of chorus effect built right into it. Having spent my entire teenage years in the 1980's, chorus and I go back a long way.
I have a tendency to baby my guitars, so I may not be the best person to evaluate Ovation's durability, but it does have a high quality feel to it compared to a lot of guitars out there, at least in this price range.
I highly recommend this guitar, perfect for beginners up to advance players.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: samedaymusic
Acoustic w/ electric p/u; electronic tuner, simply elegant
This guitar performs wonderfully, the neck is comfortable and slender -- which is good for me b/c I have small hands
The sound is crisp; holds tune for quite a while.
Sturdy design; can take plenty of play time.
I like it and I am glad I got it, I look forward to years of playing it.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $449.00 CDn (new)
Where Obtained: Mother's Music
I like low action, I haven't obtained it yet, the guitar is brand new and I am getting used to it. the neck makes it a bit harder for me to play than my Yamaha APX 6S but is comparable to some other Ovations that I have played, in that they seem to be a bit harder to push around. Ovation neck is rounder than the Yamaha. There don't appear to be any flaws, it sounds great!
I play folk/pop/rock with a small 3 channel amp. This guitar would also work for country. The sound is full, warm and bright. It sounds mellower than my Yamahas. I am considering having the action adjusted. It isn't twangy or noisy.
I narrowed it down to a Martin DXM and this one... and I went with the ovation because I was looking for a stage guitar mostly, and it had the electronics in it already. My next accoustic is going to be a studio one, in which case I will most likely mic it rather than using pickups, but I need a stage setup more urgently. I would buy this guitar again if it were lost or stolen and I couldn't afford a better one. I'd most likely use the loss of a guitar as an excuse to upgrade, so I don't think I'd ever buy the same guitar twice, unless it was the best guitar I could find (and that wouldn't likely be in my price range!)
Model Year: 2003
Price: $390.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in Korea I believe, Nothing terribly special about the construction itself, spruce top, USA-made composite bowl back typical of Ovations. Probably the biggest feature for me was the built in tuner in the electronics, quite handy.
The neck is extremely comfortable, the action is low enough to play smoothly, but high enough to play with umph without excessive buzzing. The shallow body and nice cutaway make playing higher frets more comfortable than most cutaways I've played. No flaws so far.
This guitar isn't going to knock your socks off accoustically, but like an Ovation should, it makes up for it when you plug it in. Good, crisp, full sound when plugged in. I haven't done too much in the way of effects aside from some compression and reverb, as I think an accoustic just sounds better on it's own, but it will give you some suprising results when it's distorted...
Feedback is an issue, The D string in particular with my setup. This may be something specific to my amp, I'm not sure, but it leaves no room for taking your hand off the strings at all at high volumes. Definitely a better stage guitar than studio, but it serves it's purpose for my recording needs.
Haven't had it for long enough to really know, only about a month... so far so good...
I was originally considering another Ovation within my $200 budget but found this one used but virtually unplayed. If I could suggest any changes (and they are minor ones at best) they would be:
1) move the 1/4" jack so that a straight connector doesn't stab you in the mid-section. (I just use an angled connector to circumvent this).
2)I never have quite found a comfortable way to stand and play it but I usually sit. Because of its round back design it tends to seem a bit top heavy when standing and tilts forward if you connect the strap at the factory pegs. Perhaps the strap pegs could be moved or better yet tie the strap above the nut.
The hard case is excellent, fits exactly (of course) and holds the guitar very solidly and with alot of soft padding.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: private sale
Body Type: Super Shallow Cutaway
FBD: Inlay (dot/diamond)
Preamp DJ-4 (gain w/ 3band eq)
Output: Jack 1/4 in. Hi-Z Output
Finish: Ruby Red
The action is low and fast and I can finally play some fairly fast leads on an acoustic and not clear out the room. The tuners stay where you put em, the bridge is still flat and it's a beautiful instrument to look at.
This guitar (which was a steal at $170 w/ case) sounds absolutely fantastic! I play mostly Blues and rock, some rock/country and various finger picking styles. The sustain is incredible and Although I have some amps, effects, etc. I usually just pull it out and start playing because of the excellent tone and overall sound. A chorus is a great effect for this guitar. I admit that at first I thought it sounded a little strange but my playing has improved dramatically since I purchased it. The preamp with treb. mid. & bass controls is also a bonus as I can connect directly to my PC or any reciever with an input.
If I play for an hour or so and constantly bend the strings there may be the need for slight tuning adjustment but not much if any. As I said the tuners stay where you put em.