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.