Price paid: $ 199
Purchased from: Daddy's
Sound — 10
I play a lot of Niel Young, folksy kind of stuff, with some country mixed in. The stock strings are very light and give way too much action, but this is an easy fix. With an amp it sounds like heaven, without one it sounds average, almost too bright. I get unreal sound using a DigiTech pedal, comparable to high end guitars.
Overall Impression — 10
Great match for Folk music, or country. I can't believe how much better the quality is than on my Washburn pos. I would purchase another in a sec, 'specially at the price.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Definately need a hard case for carrying, its too pretty to not have one. Strap buttons are solid, pegs stay put, I would gig with it every day.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The design is the Ovation round back with the feathers on the front and the scatterd sound holes. It looks stunning, it comes in black cherry, black and sunburst. No pick gaurd kinda sux, but it looks better without it. No flaws, loose action until you change the strings, and very comfortable.
Features — 8
Made in 2004, Roundback Applause made by Ovation in China. Passive electronics on the cheap side, just gain and tone. Hidden pick-up, stock tuners, rear jack, and no pins.