CS257 Celebrity Deluxe review by Ovation

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 6.8 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.7 (15 votes)
Ovation: CS257 Celebrity Deluxe

Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Ebay Store

Sound — 5
I am a beginner (to guitar playing) and bought this to start accompanying myself. After settling in with this guitar, I found the tone to be without depth or nuance. At first I thought it was my novice playing, but after trying a few other guitars, I realized it was due to the construction of this particular instrument.

Overall Impression — 6
I've been learning on some typical Acoustic material (folk, rock, indie), and as I've only been playing "seriously" for a few months, my feedback may (or may not) be good only for beginners. However, I do believe my assessment of the tone of this instrument is accurate and for that reason alone, I would steer away. It is a beautiful looking guitar, which is deceiving. If you have accomplished (i.e. strong) hands, this is a decent "bang for the buck". It's a good choice for a second guitar for travel, camping, etc. As it is constructed well, lightweight, and you won't mind if you daughter has her way with it.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The synthetic back is sturdy and the rest of the guitar is put together well. That, coupled with a case that looks like it could withstand just about any abuse encountered in routine travel.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The neck is rather thin and worked for my hands. However, I found that the action, which at first seemed low, to be stiff and therefore very difficult for this beginner's hands. The guitar itself is beautiful; the wood inlay pieces around the soundhole are typical of Ovation's design aesthetic.

Features — 8
Made in Korea, thinline, cutaway style, 23 frets, rosewood fretboard. Spruce top, laminated with walnut bridge. On board OP-30 preamp with a 3-band EQ, tuner, and a bypass switch. Thinline, under saddle pickup. Gold hardware.

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    Found someone on Kijiji selling this guitar for $1800. That seems pretty steep to me. Were there any versions of the guitar that were manufactured in the U.S. that might justify what this person is asking? I want to offer $500, seeing as how it comes with the case. Does that sound like a fair price?