#2
If money weren't an issue I would say Martin. (as would the majority of most people I hope)
#3
martin for sure unless youre comparing their lowest priced guitars (sub $1K without solid back or sides) with similarly priced ovations then its a tossup.
#4
Sub $1K, I'd look elsewhere. Over $1K, I'd go for Martin.

But seriously, I'd look somewhere other than Ovation.
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#6
Both have very good (and also very different) high end models, but they also both put out instruments that are priced solely on brand name, like the Martin DX1.
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#7
what models, what price range?

have you tried either?
as they look and feeling completely different, imo.
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#8
The first response to this thread should have asked what the TS was looking for in a guitar. I mean, sure, I have opinions about Ovation and Martin, but I have no idea if they are relevant to what this thread is really about.
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#9
to me, most ovations sound kinda metallic-ish. if you are willing to buy a higher quality martin, you will not be disappointed.
#10
I own an Ovation, and I love it. I'll also be the first to tell you that they're an acquired taste- very bright sound and an unusual body shape. If you want any kind of real acoustic sound out of one, avoid the thinlines (though you could say that of almost any kind of thinline).

I can't think of a downside to Martins besides price.
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The first response to this thread should have asked what the TS was looking for in a guitar. I mean, sure, I have opinions about Ovation and Martin, but I have no idea if they are relevant to what this thread is really about.

That's true.

To TS, if you're looking at these two soley based on the name, then you're doing it wrong. The best way to figure out which acoustic is right for you is to play every guitar in your price range and decide which one you like best.
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#12
martin probably
i own an ovation and love it but also know a lot of people who despise them, try one first to see if its for you
if moneys an issue than id recommend a takamine instead of the two
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#13
And in all honesty, if you're talking about guitars of quality, there are a LOT of them out there cheaper than a Martin and more aurally mainstream than an Ovation that are still excellent guitars- Taylors, Seagulls...maybe even a local (or UG) luthier.

I own a Jon Kammerer acoustic-electric that looks beautiful, sounds great and I got it for less than a Martin, for example.
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