Ovation Celebrity Series Guitars w iDea ™ | Big Boys Toys

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Platinum Body photos ctsy amazon.com
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If you have a guitar playing “Big Boy” to shop for this Christmas, here is a pretty neat idea put together by Ovation. Ovation has been producing guitars in America since 1966. They have been played on stage by Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Jimmy Page, Shania Twain, Ray Davies, Richard Daniel Roman, Jim Croce, Maury Muehleisen, Joan Armatrading, and Glen Campbell, to name just a few. What has differentiated Ovation from many other guitar makers is their early use of composite synthetics for the ‘bowl’ instead of the more traditional maple or rosewood sides and backs. It makes for a very durable and consistant instrument.

The good news is even with this long lineage they are very reasonably priced especially if you are transitioning from a beginning dreadnought to one with maybe a bit richer tone and some additional features. The top is spruce and will give the rich tone of it with or without the amp on. Though on a review I read it seems to lose a bit of its low end without the amp. Never the less, the rater rated it very high.

This will I think excel in studio work as the preamp and iDea ™ mp3 system give this some capabilities you do not find anywhere else at the moment. Even the most critical performer would instantly recognize the studio applications and versatility this integration allows. It’s product description highlights “Integrated into the onboard Ovation preamp, the device provides a fast and easy way to record musical phrases, vocals, and commentary-even entire songs-using your guitar. Ovation's classic Mid-Depth composite body delivers balanced acoustic tone and is comfortable to hold and play. Wave Port soundholes set the iDea apart from Ovation's other soundhole designs, (I think it really looks cool) and the "i" inlay at the 12th fret adds a distinctive touch to the rosewood fretboard.”

 Here is the really good part …”The iDea ships with pre-installed audio lessons and jam tracks, and you can download others from the web using the iDea's USB port. Record, playback, create, and learn with this groundbreaking guitar!” The design is distinctive to say the least and I am fond of the platinum top (Hint Hint Dan!).

Guitars, like most lifelong hobbies, have quality levels that are worth more to you as you progress to proficiency and then on to creativity. The range of the prices in guitars is wider than most instruments and for many the difference in tone and feel are not immediately discernable. It is when you practice and practice then go and listen to a pro in a club play the same thing you have been working on, that you start to hear the difference. It is often the experience that leads to the desire to upgrade. I guess what I’m getting to here is this seems to be an intermediate guitar at a very good price.

This is a much more expensive guitar but compare the difference in sound quality. The question you then ask yourself is what is the improvement worth? If it's your business it may be worth more than if it's your hobby.

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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Some of those Ovations are pretty good but I am a Martin man.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Can't argue with a man that knows what he likes! Play on lad!

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


I had to sell my Stratocaster while waiting for my Social Security to be approved so if you know sombody with nobody on their gift list tell them I need a new guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tom - did you read the hint hint to my son? We live in hope..

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Jess Killmenow 6 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Since I am a cartoon I can do literally anything, but I have to admit, Hmrjmr, THIS is COOL.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Jess - Very coo-El ! Thanks

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Hammer, a lot of cool factor here but I'm guitar poor as well as some very old school amplifiers that are tubes instead of all circuit board. First guitar maniac through the door when I die will shit their-selves if they know anything about guitars or late 50s to mid 60s amps and other sound equipment Oh and a 1968 Leslie sound box, big enough for my use but a feller needs 4 to hit the stage and the weight is not something a feller would want to haul in and out of gigs. Great hub, 50

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Thanks for stopping by, used to help Rodie with some friends when I was in High school humped their Leslie and gear, sounds like you have most of it there. It all still sounds good when they work eh?

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

These are nice guitars. The chinese are doing good with them.

I like the elite's that are made in the USA.

Keep on hubbing!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

eovery - according to my research Ovation makes all their guitars in Connecticut. It is a great sounding guitar. Thanks for stopping by.

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Sounds good to me... Great hub. Flag up...

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Dallas, Glad you enjoyed it!

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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I knew someone who played an Ovation guitar entertaining at a pub in Vero Beach. Beautiful sounding instrument. Recently I picked up a Martin which I've always wanted to own. Wouldn't mind having an Ovation either! hint to Santa.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Peg Martins are a great guitar, Especially the maple tops love the deeper tone. Thanks and enjoy hope Santa is very good to you!

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