Price paid: A$ 380
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 9
Have not played a 12 for years and the fingers and fingering struggled early on but this is a great value guitar. Trebley sound acoustic but rich and balanced, with amp it is fantastic. Wanted to play fuller acoustics to suit slower songs and this fits the bill. Though effects wow.
Overall Impression — 10
Absolutely great value 12. Tried a few others in the shops and whilst the CC245 12 has that distinctive Ovation ring to it and shape you need to get used to if sitting down with it, this guitar stacks up. No-one can believe it was worth less than $1000 due to the look, feel and sound. Would I replace it - yes definitely. May only go up the ladder in price to replace but would need to be significantly better value for me to upgrade from this model.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Don't know yet, needs a box but seems sturdy build and survived a weekend of gigging with different players. Can't fault it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action is 12 action, but for a 12 is very good, will be better when I get it setup properly. Used it gigging recently and despite amazing pain in fingers was excellent. High frets playable without buzz, neck is easy to negotiate. Using Kayser capo and goes great.
Features — 10
This is a 12 string CC245. Second hand off eBay, in the box with newish strings. Sunburst, preamp and inbuilt tuner which is very handy for a 12. Normal quality Ovation finish and I believe built in Asia. Looks sweet.