I have this shitty sears nova guitar, that I've had forever, and i just cleaned it up and restrung it, and it sounds damn good. I've heard murmurings that maybe these guitars are better than they appear to be, and that some actually prefer the sound you can get from it. Interested to know if anyone has heard this or knows anything about it, and if you just came to say they suck cause they're cheap then fack off.
If it's the one I'm thinking of, there is something different about the way the neck joins the body. The line of guitars were a byproduct of patenting this method.
There has been more than one "Nova" guitar company. Can you post pictures of yours?