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Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The very affordable Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric is based on decades of experience by Ovation in creating the world's most recogniz...Click To Read More About This Product

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

The very affordable Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric is based on decades of experience by Ovation in creating the world's most recognizable electric-acoustic sound. It incorporates the trademark roundback body shape, a calibrated spruce top for superb tone transfer, and a narrow neck for fast and furious fretting action. The cutaway gives you complete access to those high notes. Ovation's OP-4B electronics offer a gain knob, 3-band EQ sliders for bass, mid, and treble shaping, and a battery level indicator. Give the AE128 an audition and you'll have to look twice at the low price tag to believe it!

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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 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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    • No (15)

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding guitar, excellent playability

By Paw-Paw Red Dog

from Lake Charles, La

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Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very poor support by manufacturer

By creekster52

from Dallas

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Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The AE128 is a nice looking guitar, but lacks tone. Unplugged the tone is very thin due to it's super-shallow bowl. Plugged in it is harsh and trebly. I had to use it with an acoustic modeler to get anything close to a decent tone.Support from Ovation is virtually non-existent, unless you take it to an authorized dealer within the warranty period. There is not even an Ovation/Applause sponsored forum. Most guitar shops, even authorized dealers, do not stock parts...not even a bridge saddle, which is a proprietary design, and a standard saddle cannot be used (different underside). The action on mine was too high, even after removing the factory installed shim.I would strongly recommend a different guitar. There are many available at or near this price point from Musician's Friend, as well as others.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Christian music

By ronald devaull

from Va

Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

black beauty

By mickey tucson

from tombstone az.

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Awesome Sound
  • Nice and thin
  • Stage Ready
  • Superb quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Ive wanted this guitar forever..at this crazy price I had to buy... I purchased the Black.Its gorgeous. Fit and finish perfect.Sound, amped or not..is.. pro.quality..

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Company to work with!

    By Luke

    from Rockville MN

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    Pros

    • Shippede To Wrong Address

    Cons

    • Turned It A Round

    Best Uses

    • No problem

    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I had a shipping error, the product I order was in ship to a different location and in a different state as well. I contacted Musician's Friend. They told me they would check on it and get back to me, at this point I thought I would never hear from them again, I was wrong on all accounts. I received a reply the same day. They were tracking it down then I was told they would get back to me? Well to make a long story short, I can't tell you if they ever got the original order returned to them but I received my order by the end of the week. I can't say enough good thing about these folks!

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    vmax70

    By vmx70

    from colorado

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    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    i wanted a thin body guitar because i'm to fat and so I don't have to torture my dean. Played a celebrity at guitar center and really liked the thin body and round back.Sick of dealing with guitar center tried out musicians friend.(First on-line purchase with them.)They are awesome. Ordered a case and the applause guitar and it arrived quickly and in great shape. I highly recommend musicians friend. Very happy with purchase and will do more business with this company. So long guitar center.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AE128

    By brycef76

    from Georgia

    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar pretty recently and i have to say its one of the best acoustic's ive played, at least in this price range anyways. I can play a lot of different styles on this thing and the thin body doesnt effect the sound at all it sounds great, its about the same quality as a $500 dollar alvarez at less than half the cost, the finish is beautiful, neck feels good and the roundback body is good for sitting down when you are playing and the inlay around the soundhole gives it a lot of aesthetic touches so all in all I love this guitar and i would recommend it to anyone

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Round of Applause

    By Dan

    from Ky

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    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I picked this guitar up used. I figured before I bought it that I would have to put some better tuners on it, compensate and file the saddle and maybe even a little fret filing like Ive read a few others do. But I must say that the tuners are great. They are better than anything I would have bought to put on it. I had to put some new strings on mine when I got it and overall it played pretty good. I knew that it being a shallow back that it wouldnt be very loud unplugged and I was right. Im not crazy about the sound unplugged but its not terrible, when I plug it in, it did suprise me a little with how good it sounded. Maybe a little unbalanced, even with the controls, but overall pretty good. I play alot of lead and I can access the upper frets better on this guitar than any other acoustic electric Ive ever played. I still may file the saddle a little to make it play a little better. When I do that this thing will play better than some electrics. Overall its a solid guitar and for the money, its not bad. I will gig with it
    Goold solid guitar. preamp and wood are good, tuners are alot better than expected.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    amazing

    By Sean Brookhart

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    best guitars ive ever played, deffinitly meets Ovation standerds and above, deffintly worth the buy. havent taken it out of my hands since.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy it B4 the Sale is GONE!

    By hadziMurad - USA

    from N. Hollywood, CA

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    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Capable Guitar at a Good value

    By Telestrat51-4Jfwl

    from New Mexico

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Good Tone And Sustain
    • Great for small hands

    Cons

    • none
    • Should Have Own Sooner

    Best Uses

    • Home playing
    • On stage
    • small venues
    • Studio Recording

    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Right out of the box this was a thing of beauty. Only had to adjust the tuning and she was ready to play. I feared that the smaller body would give it a tone like some acoustic electrics I have played that sounded like a toy. I was wrong. It had the same mellow tone of some of the higher priced dreadnaughts. Easy on the hands if yours are like mine, small. I was blowen away by the color of the top with the flamed maple in blue. Overall, this can perform great on stage, recording, or just sitting around practicing and playing for friends. Excellent value over all and great for the beginner to the Pro.

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    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Very nice for the money -

    By David Winger

    from Pennsylvania

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    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Unit was as expected - after a few refinements
    the unit performed very well and fingered nicely!

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    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Applause

    By TriCity330

    from High Point, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Very nice! Attractive natural finish. Good tone n feel. Was impressed with initial tuning. Intonation at double fret marker was perfect on all strings! Neck feels smooth and workable. I look forward to using this!

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    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ovation Applause

    By MACCA

    from Aruba, Dutch West Indies

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • - Elegantly Designe
    • Superb sound
    • - Very Smooth Guitar

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Excellent Guitar also excellent service from seller.
        Guitar arrived very fast as promised , not only is this a very good quality guitar , but is also very well priced.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great

        By Angelomateo85

        from San juan, Puerto Rico

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Is a great guitar it sounds awesome! The shipment was fast! Thank u

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        applause acoustic electric

        By aznskater51

        from lake worth, FL

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar just received it last night and a little tuning and this ovation looking monster rocked, its also has the turtle back which is outstanding and very light might I add. I recommend this guitar to any player for the price and quality would pick this guitar anytime.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for $200

        By FleetwoodMacFan

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Over the years, I have owned several different entry level acoustic/electric guitars and they were just that. This is by far THE best acoustic guitar that I have been able to play, not only own. The fit and finish on the AE-128 is exceptional for an inexpensive guitar. The quality exceeds the low price, so don't overlook this model if you're looking for a new inexpensive guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        amazing guitar for the price

        By fryerboy

        from Illinois

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        when I first looked at this guitar I thought the price for a guitar like this would be too good to be true. I was hesitant at first to purchase it despite all the good reviews of it. However I finally gave in and bought it. I have to say I was really impressed with it. It resonates longer than any guitar I have played (bar Ovations and please change strings first) to compare with some extremely nice guitars that I have played. Just to give you a list I have played Gibson, Taylor, Martin, Fenders, Yamaha, Ibanez guitars and more.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Just alright beginner

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This was my very first guitar ever. I have had it for about 10 years. As other reviews said, it is extremely durable and can take a lot of bumps. The only downfall is the hole in the middle isn't supported enough so it caused the guitar to bow slightly which then raises the action and makes it that much harder to play. Maybe I have the old version and they fixed it, but I guess ask around. Mine was perfectly kept in room conditions it's whole life and never left outside. I know the bridge is fine but i'll probably mess with the tension rod and throw some new strings and see how it plays. Maybe my case was rare, otherwise great guitar even when plugged in!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZINGLY IMPRESSIVELY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Applause AE128 Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I tried this axe at a Sam Ash near my school, and I have to say that this guitar's quality and price can't be beat by anything else. The sound is excellent; it is rich, full and perfectly balanced, even when plugged into an amp. It is also very comfortable & easy to play. The action is perfect, and I have no trouble getting to higher frets. The AE-128 is a giutar I wuold recommend to any player, beginner or pro.

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