#1
Am getting a new acoustic electric guitar and Ive been reccomended the Ovation brand, because of their bright sound and their coolness factor. I have around $600 to spend on it but am not sure which one to get. any help on this?
#2
Personally, Ovations have no coolness factor in my mind. I really don't like them. They sound pretty mediocre unplugged, and even plugged in I don't like the sound.

If you want a good A/E in that price range, look for a Takamine. They make very good guitars, and some of the best onboard pickup systems in the business.
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#3
yeah, takamine were the second option, but really love the crazy look on the MT37-5, thought I dont know about the sound. I usually play my Kh-602, am more into rock and metal, the acoustic is just so i can play anywhere.
#4
When I looked for a new A/E I thought I was dead set on an Ovation. After playing them I thogught they sounded kinda flat or dead unplugged, however they sounded really good plugged in. I ended up with a Takamine EG530. Play alot of guitars before making your decision.
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#5
unfortunately for me, I live in Costa Rica, we dont get many guitars here, its hard to find the right brand and most of the few stores we have only sell one or 2 different brands, so I'll have to order and trust on other people opinion of the guitar.
#6
I always found Ovations to have really dull sounding bass strings(the low E and A). I dunno.. it really bothers me for some reason. Ovations are a very love/hate sort of thing. Not something you should buy without trying first.
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#7
I did love the neck on the ovation, they play like a dream. They more like an electric than most acoustics ive played.
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#8
that's what I've been told, they feel more like an electric than acoustic, and as an electric guitar player I thought I might me more comfortable with them.
#9
The tone just isn't there though. Trust me. I'm serious.
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#10
ok Ill trust you, any recomendation of a specific takamine model, the price aint a problem Ill just save some more, am looking for bright sounds, am gonna use for acoustic solos, and Nothing Else Matters style ballads.
#11
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I always found Ovations to have really dull sounding bass strings(the low E and A). I dunno.. it really bothers me for some reason. Ovations are a very love/hate sort of thing. Not something you should buy without trying first.


I noticed this two with the E and A... but ovation's really have a very mellow tone.. and are known for their excellent sound plugged in especially for the price!

I would almost suggest them for someone interested in playing lead in an acoustic band.

I was almost thinking of looking at this http://sacramento.craigslist.org/msg/996631475.html

but i need a cut away... still the model 1512 if that's what it is.. is worth $1300 since they stopped making them in the early 80's

it's original retail price was 500$ (20-30 years ago)
#12
iv played **** takimines. real **** ones.

so make sure you play it and really like it first, cause honestly,

some of their guitars are just ****.
#13
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iv played **** takimines. real **** ones.

so make sure you play it and really like it first, cause honestly,

some of their guitars are just ****.

What do you mean?
#14
Dude, nothing wrong with an Ovation.

They do play so easy. The neck is an electric guitar neck, so smooth, the action you can set really low. With new strings on an Ovation the sound is absolutely brilliant.

The downside of an Ovation is don't get a deep body. The roundness of it does make it tough to play while seated. Super shallow bowls are what you should try out -- easy to play and they are brighter than the very bassy deep bowls.

Look, Ovations are good enough for Paul McCartney and Paul Simon...guys who play some tasty acoustic stuff. Try one out and you'll see they are pretty nice guitars. And, yes, they are cool.
#15
Well...I guess if you like bright, chimey, ear-splitting tinny tone, a super shallow bowl would be ok

Really, what you get should come down to your tonal preferences though. I mean, the way I was talking earlier sounds like no one should buy an Ovation. The real truth is that I (and many others like me) find the tone to be very mediocre for the price you pay.
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#16
The only reason I would buy an Ovation is if I was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis or if I needed a beater for backpacking up a mountain.

Edit: and, again, I must reiterate: DO NOT BUY A GUITAR YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED.
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#17
Most ovation lovers I know tell me to avoid shallow and mid bowls. The first thing they ask me is, "have you ever tried a the full bowl? It sounds a lot better than the shallow and mid bowls."
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#18
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Most ovation lovers I know tell me to avoid shallow and mid bowls. The first thing they ask me is, "have you ever tried a the full bowl? It sounds a lot better than the shallow and mid bowls."

This is true. My father owns one of their "Deep Contour" models and the sound is pretty decent. I think he paid somewhere in the realm of $1500-1600 for it.

However, for the cash, I'd sooner splurge on a nice Martin or Seagull.
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#19
Personally, I've owned an Ovation Elite since 1990 or so, and its a deep bowl model.

I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Compared to their shallow bowl models, it has a very full sound and projects quite nicely. If you're interested in its acoustic sound, the smallest I'd get would be a mid-bowl.

And I suppose its like any other guitar- its shape either is or isn't for you. I can't stand to play "pointy" guitars (like Flying V's), especially sitting down, but I know people love them (and they do look cool). Similarly, despite having a...ummmm..."generous midsection" myself, I've never had a problem with my deep-bowl Ovation sliding off or being uncomfortable.

As for other artists who use them- count Al Di Meola and Kaki King among them.
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#20
I have a mid bowl, solid top Ovation and I love it.

it's got a warm sound, plays very easily, and even though MOST people will say it's hard to play sitting down, I've never had a single problem.

The ONLY SINGULAR downfall of the ovation is volume, you simply can't get the loudness out of them as you could a full sized acoustic. For me, that's completely fine, I only play for myself in my apartment, or sometimes for girls. Also, the simple solution to that is the electric part of it.

I find a lot of people bashing Ovations, not just here either, but I love mine and play it more than any of my other guitars.
#21
Ovation is OK... but over time you'll get very annoyed at the lap slip factor.. . you'll be halfway through a song it will start to roll off your lap because of that round back. I had one for 6 years and would never go back.

For your budget, you could do much better than Ovation or Takamine by keeping an eye on kijiji and waiting until you can nab a Martin, Taylor, Larravee or Alvarez... ..... from some poor sap that needs the coin.
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