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Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin Rubyburst 

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Overview

  • Electronics: OP-24+ /TD>
  • Style: Mandolin, cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $749.50
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    - $220.50
  • Your Price:
    $52900
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The MC148 cutaway acoustic/electric mandolin, with Spruce top and OP-24+C preamp.

Rules were made to be broken. These are uncommon times. These are times for an Ovation Celebrity Acoustic. If you're bending the fretted world's rules to the limit, you need an instrument that expands your boundaries. This collection of long-scale, short-scale, high-pitched, low-pitched, wide-necked and solid body cousins goes where no guitar has gone before.

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Features

  • Electronics: OP-24+ /TD>
  • Style: Mandolin, cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Cases sold separately
 
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OvationCelebrity DLX Mandolin
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good mandolin for the price

By rfkaylor

from El Cajon, California

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Pros

  • Eye catching
  • Sounds good plugged in

Cons

  • Balled strings a pain
  • Nightmare battery change
  • Not as loud unplugged

Best Uses

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    This is my second mandolin and I puchased it used.
    I was looking for an electric mandolin to cut through the mix and this works great for the price. The quality is very good. I get a lot of comments about how cool it looks. Obtaining the ball end strings from Ovation is a bit of a pain and I don't care for their guage. You could use regular loop end strings and put on your own ball ends but I haven't tried it. Changing the battery is difficult and by far the worst design I have ever seen on any instrument (you have to open a hole in the back and then reach inside. You could easily damanage the electronics).

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is my favorite mandolin

    By Finn Finnery

    from Springfield Massachusetts

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Sounds great
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Feed back at high volume

    Best Uses

    • Play it daily
    • Very versatile

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    I use the Ovation mandolin for folk, bluegrass, rock and blues. Played through a Vox VT 80 amp it can produces amazing tones and it looks great. It stays in tune, has great tone and playability. I bought it3 years ago at local music store ready to play, good intonation , no additional setup required. Ball end strings are hard to find so buy online from MF.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Beware. Be Very Aware.

    By chollisr

    from U.S.

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    I bought one of these products because I wanted a mandolin that looked cool and could be plugged into a PA system. It's certainly a handsome instrument, and its active EQ features are serviceable. Electronically, it's okay. I understand that bluegrass purists give it a collective thumbs down, if not for the deep-bodied plastic back construction, but for the absence of chirp and sparkle that a traditional mandolin offers. Unamplified, this instrument does not cut through an ensemble like the "real" thing. But since I'm using this for pop/rock/alternative applications, I was content with the tone and other features. What disappoints is this product's truly lousy intonation. Simply put: it does NOT play in tune up and down the neck. Tuning it means balancing the apparent pitch achieved between open positions and, say, the fifth or seventh frets. I am already seriously contemplating a replacement.
    Very nice features. On-board active EQ is a plus. Ball-end strings are a minus, only because it's hard to find them sold in stores as a set. However, most music stores will let you assemble a set from singles. Also, Internet/mail-order is a supply solution. Related to this is the fixed bridge. No adjustable saddles means no adjustable intonation. This is bad.
    Fairly robust construction, it seems. Dealing with the trap door to get to the interior (including the nine-volt battery nest) is a bit tricky at first, but one can get used to it. Except for the intonation, I'd give it higher marks for quality.
    I can't get past the intonation issue to answer this question. I wish I got a different instrument.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid Buy!

    By Bronc

    from Colorado

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    This is a great mandolin for the money. Mine has held together fine. I think it sounds great unplugged and amplified. I've got a buddy who has the same one and has played it for many years without issue. I took lessons from a guy who's "The Gibson" mandolin supposedly cost more than his car and I couldn't hear THAT much of a difference. Great starter mandolin. Weakest point would be the tuners. I may replace them one day, but it stays in tune way better than cheap guitars.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A good value

    By T.J.-efOvR

    from Bay Area

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    This is a very nice instrument for the price. Very solid and has the same pre-amp as the much more expensive USA-made Ovation mandolin. I have recorded and gigged with it with zero problems. I would, however, have it set up by a pro luthier. I felt like the action at the nut could be lower and took it for a set up- now it plays great. If you are a bluegrass purist or are really into high-end traditional mandos, this might not be for you. For a gigging player in a folk, rock or eclectic setting, it works very well. Considering that the USA model is way more expensive, this is a bargain. BTW, the bridge is bolted to the top, so bridge lifting is not an issue.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really Good for the Money

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    This is really pretty good Mandolin for your Money. It doesn't compare to a $1000 one but that is apples to oranges. The pickup works pretty well though the features of the preamp are more designed for guitar the mid scoop doesn't really work with the tone of a Mandolin. My only change was the tuning machines were not too great but some Grover 18:1 fixed that. Some call these un-traditional but the first Mandolins' backs were hollowed out Gords. I wish though that more stores carried the strings and that they would make more than just 11's in Ball end.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds Great, feels great

    By MountEverest

    from New England

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    I'm a bassist by training, but when I decided to expand my horizons, this mandolin stood out ahead of the others. It has a more comfortable, less-cramped feeling neck, a familiar cut-away style body and a great sound. I play music that doesn't traditionally include mandolin, so I needed one that could compete with effected guitars, synthesizers, and a generally loud band. The electronics on this mando allow me to really crank it without feeding back. It fits right in in a setting where I was having some difficulty imagining that a mandolin could fit in. The price is great too. It plays better than its peers in its price range. I took off a point on quality, because I had to exchange the first one that I bought because of a defect in the neck. The replacement has given me no issues. It sounds great plugged in, or acoustic. I love this mandolin.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Bridge defect

    By gobfcs

    from Maryland

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    I have gone through two of these in two years. After the bridge pulled up on the first I got it replaced by the manufacturer. However, when the bridge bulled up and the body cracked on the second I moved on to a better quality instrument. Sound is good, but these just won't last more than a year or two.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    VERY NICE!

    By Cory Daniel

    from Chesapeake, VA

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity DLX Mandolin:

    I owned an Ovation and have played several others and think all Ovations look good, play decent and sound like CRAP!!! But when my friend let me borrow this mando I fell in love with it. It's the ONLY product this company has put out in 40+ years that is good. I don't like their guitars but this mandolin is really nice (and I have used Gibson.) BUT this is best plugged in, unplugged it's weak. Very cool mando.

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