Okay, when i play my ovation, i beleive its a Celebrity deluxe model, it seems rather hard to press down the strings. the strings could go a bit further down as far as action, but its not that bad, and i have switched from lights to extra lights(d'addario) and it still has abit of a reasistance to it. I have played on a friend of mines e/a and it plays just like a normal acoustic, string tension is fine and everything, but my ovation just seems to have this problem of being a bit harder to play. So, should i get it setup to lower the action or change the brand of strings or what, i am sorta lost on what to do here.
I too have an Ovation acoustic that my dad got in the 70's. I hardly ever play it because the action is so terrible and because I dislike the plastic back, and well because there's also an Alvarez acoustic in the house too. You should lower the action by adjusting the truss rod. I would just take it down to your local guitar shop and have them set it up quick for you.
this is a new model ovation, and the action is not too high, its average, it just for some reason has a little more string tension than i would like.
The problem is that its an Ovation. Some people like them, most people can't stand them. j/k
I've had mine (Ovation) for 8 years now. I would buy more guitars, but never get rid of it. It has the most amazing tone! I play with Medium guage strings - can get tough on the left hand, but the warm sound is awesome. I'd take it in and have it looked at if the advice here doesn't help. Also, what style of music are you playing? Some guitars I've found just don't work for certain styles. Or at least don't work as well as others - Ovation or not!
If the strings seem too tight then it's probably a poor setup on the guitar. Truss rod, level frets, action, fretboard radius, nut slot depth, and saddle radius can all play a role in making a guitar hard to play. The most likely problem is that the slots in the nut are not deep enough.