Ovation guitars have been a popular choice among acoustic guitar players for the last thirty years. A "made in the USA" sticker inside the body of an Ovation guitar suggests that the instrument was manufactured in New Hartford, Connecticut. However, some models feature an ovation bowl that is manufactured in the United States but the electronic components are assembled and fitted elsewhere. Ovation replicas with labels such as Celebrity or Applause are manufactured overseas. U.S. models include a nylon string classical guitar and various steel string acoustic-electric instruments.
Ovation USA Elite 1773LX
The Ovation USA Elite 1773LX is an all-American-made acoustic, electric, classical nylon string guitar. It features a solid AAA cedar top that has an enhanced scalloped bracing. The fretboard is made from ebony. The guitar has a dual action truss rod, allowing easy adjustments to the neck--a useful function, especially if the guitar is exposed to any changes in climate. The action is set low for optimum response. A hard case is supplied with the guitar as is a five-year factory warranty.
Ovation USA 1777LX
The Ovation USA 1777LX is an all-American-made acoustic, electric steel-string guitar. It features an AA solid spruce top, scalloped bracing and the fretboard is bound ebony. The electronics inside the guitar include a preamp, which enhances the sound and adds presence. The patented pickup system Ovation uses senses string and top vibration, giving an improved balance, tone and feel, no matter what type of string gauge. The action is set low for comfort. A hard case is included and a five-year factory warranty.
Ovation USA Elite 1778LX
The Ovation USA Elite 1778LX is an all-American-made steel-string acoustic, electric guitar with a solid AA spruce top and a full gloss finish. It has a smooth, hard composite Lyrachord body, which improves the projection of sound and reflects top vibrations, giving the guitar a lot of resonance. Bass, middle and treble frequencies are increased, yet the guitar is much lighter than many of its rival brands. The action is set low for fast playing and low finger stress. A hard case is included with a five-year factory warranty.
Ovation USA Adamas W597
The Ovation USA Adamas W597 is an all-American-made steel-string acoustic, electric guitar that features a very deep cutaway, which allows players to gain access to frets located high up on the neck. The guitar has a cross weave carbon fiber top. The neck is made from mahogany and the fretboard is ebony. The addition of gold tuning pegs gives the guitar a luxurious appearance. The action is set low, which, combined with the deep cutaway, makes this guitar an excellent choice for a musician who is used to playing electric guitars. The guitar includes a hard case and a five-year factory warranty.
Ovation USA C2079LX Custom Legend
The Ovation USA CS2079LX Custom Legend is an all-American-made steel-string acoustic, electric guitar. It features a solid spruce AAA top and five-piece maple neck, which increases tonal clarity. The guitar has abalone dots as fret markers and an ebony bridge. The Ovation signature pickup guarantees a full, well-rounded sound. The guitar tuners are gold with pearl buttons.The action is set low for an excellent response. A hard case is included with a five-year factory warranty.
Originally from the United Kingdom, now based in Los Angeles, Rob Garland has been a writer and musician since 1989. He has a book published by Cherry Lane and his articles have appeared in "Guitarist" magazine and "Guitar One" magazine. He has a Bachelor of Arts in film/social sciences from Canterbury University.