#1
Hi there!

I bought my first guitar from a work buddy a couple of years ago. Had no idea about guitars or what it was back then and i still have no clue even tho i am alittle older and wiser.

The brand on the guitar is Neville, i thought it was some crap since i bought it for 500 SEK (60$) from my work buddy. When i google it i cant find anything about the brand except Neville Guitars that seams to do custom made electric guitars.

Can anyone spread some light on this one?




#2
Never heard of "Neville" guitars. It is an Asian knockoff of an Ovation, and it looks like a mid-depth bowl. (You probably already knew that).

Ovation itself used to market a couple of budget lines, one was "Matrix", the other, "Applause". Applause is still around: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/applause-balladeer-mid-depth-bowl-acoustic-guitar?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KEQiApIGnBRCFx-idn7-E2Y8BEiQAc6fQbPutN4_Qh3xIXhtNG-76ADCJU4gSC1vK6AeJAFLk25AaAugq8P8HAQ&kwid=productads-plaid^83573952507-sku^J08543000001000@ADL4MF-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^53736456387

If you google, Matrix by Ovation, you'll get a ton of historical results, but those instruments are no longer in production.

You might also use 'roundback guitars as a search term. That seems to pull in a lots of results

I know that, "Crafter" of Korea could be an OEM for the brand, as they market a line of round backs, under their own marque. Off the top of my head, I don't know any other OEMs which could be responsible for its manufacture. But, I'm sure they're out there.

You'll hear a lot of crap about the composition of the bowl. Ovation has their "Lyrachord" material patented. That said, in the guitar manufacturing business, there's no such thing as a sacred patent, and plenty of what are know as "lawsuit guitars", have hit the streets.

Ovations, and similarly styled styled guitars, have a polarizing effect on players. You love 'em, you hate 'em, there's not much in the way of a middle ground.

That's all I got, sorry.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Feb 15, 2015,