Advantages Sound, build, playability
Disadvantages Rounded back can be awkward at first.
If you have read some of my other guitar reviews, you will know im a bit of a collector of guitars. In fact, you could almost say its an obsession.
Therfore no collection would be complete without an axe from one of the world's finest and best known acoustic producers. Ovation.
Being an Ovation, it does come with the customary rounded backs. Look great and contribute to the sound quality
One issue i thought i was experiencing with the guitar is intonation which thankfully was down to a stretched string. Apart from that the intonation has been spot on and it stays in tune magnificently.Amplification and tonal balance is again brilliant. The OP-30 controls that come with the guitar give the musician complete flexibility in sound recreation and adjustment. Whether its a fully fat bass resonating sound or a clean crisp top heavy treble for soloing you need, this delivers both. It comes with volume, Mid, Bass and Treble settings as well as a Preshape and Mid Shift function. The built in tuner is a blessing and means its one less device you need to plug in!
Playability? Fantastic. Like i have already mentioned, the action is low yet clean sounding and the unamplified sound resonates around the instrument perfectly. The low gauge strings i use tend to cut into the bridge slightly but do not affect the sound at all. It is comfortable to use after adjusting to its rounded back.Price? My advice is to order one in from USA. I had a really good deal and paid £406 with an Ovation hard flight case 3 years ago. They retail in UK for double that. If interested, I can put you in touch with the dealer i used.
Overall? A fantastic guitar for intermediate players who want a great sounding and playing guitar without selling their house to do so! Brilliant!
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|How well constructed is it?||very well|
|Range of tones||very rich|
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