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Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Applause AE128 offers you the super shallow classic Ovation acoustic-electric guitar design and styling at a fantastic low price. The very afford...Read More

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Its advanced Ovation design offers superb sound quality and easy playability with remarkably low price tag.

The Applause AE128 offers you the super shallow classic Ovation acoustic-electric guitar design and styling at a fantastic low price. The very affordable AE128 is an acoustic-electric guitar that features the famous roundback body, calibrated spruce top, slim neck for fast and effortless action, built-in pickup/electronics system, and cutaway neck access. The OP-4B electronics include a gain knob, a battery LED, and bass, mid and treble EQ sliders. This award-winning guitar value from Applause is a result of its heritage born on the drawing tables at Ovation.

Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • Body Style: Super Shallow Roundback Cuatway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Composite
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard inlays: Dot
  • Bridge: Rosewood with dots
  • Rosette: Chevron pattern
  • Scale Length: 25-1/4"
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • # of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: chrome
  • Electronics: OP-4B
  • Case sold separately

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ApplauseAE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 54 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Great sounding guitar, excellent playability

        Overall, an excellent value. I've never had a bad deal from Musicians' Friend.
        Just got my AE128 in. I took it out of the box and tuned it up, and although...Read complete review

        Overall, an excellent value. I've never had a bad deal from Musicians' Friend.
        Just got my AE128 in. I took it out of the box and tuned it up, and although it's a shallow-body, it had a good sound for dry practice and rehearsal...which is not what I need it for.
        I plugged it in to a small bass amp, and, yeah, the good reviews I'd read on this were all true. I can elicit most any sound I like, from warm folksy, to Willie Nelson buzzy piezo...and the gain on the amp gave it a rugged electric guitar sound. Soundwise, on a scale of 1-10, I give it a great Spinal Tap 11.
        For years I'd avoided getting an Ovation or Applause because of the round body...all of the ones I'd used were uncomfortable. This one being shallow, it's a bit better than all the others I'd played, and I'll simply have to get used to it...which is worth it for the excellent(!) playability and (oh!) the sound.
        I'm not a brand-name snob. I've been playing for 40-years, much of it semi-professionally. This is by far the best acoutic-electric I've ever put my hands on...more than enough "bang for the buck."

        Best Regards,
        Rob "Gray Dog" Hebert
        Somewhere in Southwest Louisiana

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Christian music

        The guitar looked good at first glance. Let it warm up and I tuned it. When playing on upper neck the tone was good but a bit high due to shallow back. As...Read complete review

        The guitar looked good at first glance. Let it warm up and I tuned it. When playing on upper neck the tone was good but a bit high due to shallow back. As i played the lower neck i noticed how far away the string were from the fret board. I then plugged it in and messed with the eq. The sound was nasty and the g string was not even picked up by the pick up and there was no balance of gain with any string. Tried adjusting sound but it just got worse. I started looking closer and found several sharp edges around neck and where body met top. Even a closer look made me think the nice looking wood was a foe finish. I may be wrong but it looked like a photo glued to the wood if there was even wood there. Totally disappointed and not the Ovation quality I was used to. I have seen $99 guitars better then this. Not even a kids toy. Musicians friend was great to take it back and gave me the same discount on a real Ovation I am currently waiting on. Hope this one is good. The strings were the best part of this unit.

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        3.0

        Plastic Guitar

        By Kdcom

        from Texas

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Plastic

        Best Uses

        • Beginner instrument

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The description of this instrument is a bit deceiving. There are several versions that have a wood top. The lowest price version I purchased appears to have a wood top but it is a sticker covering a plastic top. The guitar sounds fine and I was able to get it in tune with a tuner. This is definitely a beginner instrument. It is a great price for an acoustic electric. Just realize that the instrument is made of plastic. The neck is wood but the actual fretboard is also plastic.

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        5.0

        Super buy!

        By Joe Rocker

        from Waco, Texas

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Beautiful great sounding guitar with great neck action playability. It was a bargin.

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              4.0

              awesome deal

              By campkerry

              from Oklahoma

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    This was a great bargain for a great guitar. The strings have low action so playing is easy, but at times it's almost too low because the strings tend to buzz when strumming too hard. All in all though, this was a great purchase.

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                    5.0

                    Best Guitar I've ever used in 30 years!

                    Pros

                    • Great playability
                    • Stays in tune

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Musician

                    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Before using this guitar, I played a Yamaha APX500Ii acoustic electric. It never stayed in tune and did not have the warmth of tone as this guitar. Ovation's are in my opinion the best designed and longest lasting guitars ever made!

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    GOOD BUY

                    By 845SPARKY

                    from NEW YORK

                    Pros

                    • Quality

                    Cons

                    • Some Rust On The B String

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      THIS IS A VERY WELL BUILT GUITAR,GOOD SETUP,GOOD BUY FOR THE PRICE.

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                      5.0

                      Really nice Guitar

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                            Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            If You are seriously thinking about buying this guitar you should.I read some negative reviews on this guitar, but decided to buy it due to nice price point. I had a ovation before and liked it. This guitar sounds really great, not shallow at all. I have another shallow acoustic guitar but this sounds much better. Really nice finish. The only negative thing was the nut was a bit high and hit your finger when changing chords. But I just took a small file and filed it down a bit on the lower corner. Took 2 minutes. Much better.
                            Also like the back much better than the last ovation I had, this back grabs you and stays in place. Overall you can't go wrong with this guitar.

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                            4.0

                            Great!!!!

                            Pros

                            • Attractive finish
                            • Great action
                            • Sounds Great Pluged Or Un

                            Cons

                            • Krappy Strings
                            • No Pickgard

                            Best Uses

                            • Gigs
                            • Practice
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            I bought this guitar for home recording and small gigs. I wanted something that was attractive and playable. When I opened the box I was stunned. The sound and action was better than my uncles "Fat Wallet" taylor. An all around GREAT guitar for and affordable price.

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                            4.0

                            Very nice!

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable to hold
                            • Good Looks Flawless
                            • Good Volume Good Tone

                            Cons

                            • Lack Of A Built-in Tuner
                            • Too Narrow Of A Nut Width

                            Best Uses

                            • On Stage Performance
                            • Unplugged Practice

                            Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            I've been playing guitar since 1974 and I have purchased many, many guitars, acoustics and electrics. However, this is my first round back. I had played round backs in music stores but I stayed away from them because they would slide away from me when I played them on my lap. Musician's Friend had put this Applause AE128 guitar in Honeyburst finish on a really good sale in the December, 2013 issue of their catalog in the very last page. At sixty five percent off of MSRP I just had to buy it.
                            I really didn't expect much from this guitar when I ordered it; however, when it arrived, what a pleasant surprise. I thought it would have a low volume because of the thin body, wrong! It's ALMOST as loud as a full depth Dreadnought. It's very comfortable to hold because of the thin body and to my surprise it doesn't slide from my lap. The manufacturer finally decided to do something about the sliding problem of the round backs and they textured the back of the rubberized plastic like sandpaper and it grabs on to your clothing.
                            It has a typical tone that is expected from a laminated top but, it's one of the better sounding ones. I plugged it into my Kustom Sienna 30W acoustic amp and it sounded it great. There are no sharp fret ends anywhere. The Honeburst paint job is gorges and cosmetically this guitar is flawless. The neck has a soft "V" shape to it, I prefer a shallow "C" shape, but, it's a nice petit neck and easy to get used to. The spec says the nut width is 1-11/16" but the one I got has a 1- 5/8", I measured it with two different tape measures. Somebody must have gotten carried away with the sanding job of the neck. I wish all steal string acoustics had a 1-3/4" nut width, it would make finger picking much easier, and I have small hands. It would've been nice if this guitar had a built in tuner, but, I like this guitar even as it is. I'm not giving it a 5 star though, because of the narrow nut width and lack of a built-in tuner.

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                            5.0

                            Buy it B4 the Sale is GONE!

                            Pros

                            • Great Super Shallow

                            Cons

                            • none

                            Best Uses

                            • Recording

                            Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            Thanks MF.com for reduce the price of This excellent guitar. Guys Buy it for MF. now B4 the price goes UP. I am SURE it will....One of the Best electronics recorded. Korea is # 1 guitar maker @ such a cheap price like this Super Shallow. The tone is Expert and played right away out of the ship Box. Excellent setup by Factory! hadzimurad- Audio Engineer. CA.

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                            5.0

                            a terrific guitar

                            Pros

                            • Action Just Right
                            • Beautiful finish
                            • good acoustic sound
                            • Good Electric Sound
                            • Great Feeling Neck
                            • No Fret Burrs
                            • No Line Noise
                            • Stays in tune good

                            Cons

                            • Wrong Strings

                            Best Uses

                            • Any Music You Need

                            Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            This guitar is a very versatile instrument. It is
                            georgeous, plays extremely well & sounds great. All I had to do was put a set of Ph. bronze med./light Dunlop strings on it & I couldn't put it down for quite a while. I had owned one Applause several years ago & wasn't pleased at all with it, but they are made much better now & more comfortable to handle. This one has a home for keeps!

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