Ovation acoustic guitars are known for their curved synthetic bowls used in place of a flat wooden back and sides. This design sets Ovation guitars apart from other acoustic guitars. Ovation guitars also differ from model to model in terms of bowl shape, types of wood, electronics, sound holes and other design features.
Ovation guitars use a variety of different soundboard woods, including three grades of spruce, bearclaw spruce, solid cedar, figured koa and quilted maple. Some Ovation models, such as the Adamas 1687, feature unidirectional carbon graphite soundboard tops. Different types of soundboard materials create different tones. For example, solid cedar has a pronounced low end.
Different Ovation models use different types of preamps and pickups. The Elite TX 1868TX features the OP-Pro preamp and Ovation Thinline pickup; the Celebrity CC24-4Q features the OP-4BT preamp and Ovation Slimline pickup; and the Custom Elite C778LX features the OP-Pro Studio preamp and Ovation High Output pickups.
Ovation guitars use a variety of sound hole designs. Some models, such as the Folklore/Artists 6774LX, have a regular round sound hole between the saddle and fretboard. The idea CC54i has three oval sound holes on the upper bout. The Celebrity idea CC44Si has multiple sound holes of different sizes on both sides of the upper bout.
The majority of Ovation guitars have cutaways. However, several models do not have one, including the Adamas 1687 and the Applause AA21.
Ovation guitars feature four different bowl shapes. The contour bowl is designed to maximise player comfort. The deep bowl design gives guitars a full tonal range and rich low end. The mid-depth bowl and super shallow bowl designs are both thinner design options.
Most Ovation guitars have six steel strings. Ovation also produces classical nylon-string guitars, such as the Classic 2073LX. The Applause AE35 is a 12-string guitar model. Ovation also produces acoustic bass guitars, including the Bass B778.
A number of Ovation guitars have a natural wood finish, but some models have alternative finishes. The Celebrity CC24-6PH has a white pearl finish; the Celebrity CC24 can have a natural, black or ruby red finish; and the Celebrity CC28-AWFB has an amber waterfall bubinga finish.
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