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Ovation 1771 LX Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Ovation 1771 LX Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid A-grade spruce top braced with a new scalloped X pattern for fuller, more...Click To Read More About This Product

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Ovation's original flagship upgraded with a package of killer new features.

The Ovation 1771 LX Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid A-grade spruce top braced with a new scalloped X pattern for fuller, more wide-open sound. The rosewood fingerboard now adorns a lightweight, gloss-finished, 5-piece advanced neck with dual-action truss rod to control both bow and warp, plus graphite neck stabilizers over the joint and a dual-clamp heel block. The original 1968 Ovation pickup has been re-created and is powered by a new version of the warm vintage OP24 preamp, the OP Pro. The Lyrachord GS bowl is 33% lighter than previous backs.

FEATURES
  • Solid A-grade spruce top
  • Scalloped X bracing pattern
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Lightweight 5-piece advanced neck
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Graphite neck stabilizers over the joint
  • Dual-clamp heel block
  • Original 1968 Ovation pickup
  • OP Pro preamp
  • 33% lighter Lyrachord GS bowl
  • Chrome tuners
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4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice

This is the second Ovation I've owned. I had an original back in the 70's, I sold it for some weed and regretted it ever since. Anyway back to the guitar. I've...Read complete review

This is the second Ovation I've owned. I had an original back in the 70's, I sold it for some weed and regretted it ever since. Anyway back to the guitar. I've been looking for a good quality, durable acoustic/electric guitar for my road gigs. I own a Martin D-40 and it was getting to beat up traveling around like that. I looked at a mess of acoustics before I went back to Ovation. I plugged one in and fell in love with their product again. At the time I wasn't really hip on the module they have installed after reading some unfavorable comments about it. Yes it can be difficult at first. You just have to take your time pulling it out and especially shoving it back into place. DON'T FORCE IT!! The onboard tuner kind of put me off at first also. But actually that is a brilliant idea. It it so nice not having to hook up a tuner when you change strings or look down at a pedal board to tune when your on a gig. If you are considering an Ovation, these guitars are a love/hate relationship. You definitley can't play one these rascals sitting in the Lazy boy and they are not very friendly with beer bellies. But if you want a nice sounding acoustic/electric guitar that will stand up road abuse, these can't be any better. The Folks at Kaman/Ovation have really made a name for themselves over the years. Good job Guys and Gals.

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i think that Ovation guitars are some of the most overrated acoustic-electrics on the market. When i recieved mine, the binding had many imperfections, the neck was significantly lifted from the body, and...Read complete review

i think that Ovation guitars are some of the most overrated acoustic-electrics on the market. When i recieved mine, the binding had many imperfections, the neck was significantly lifted from the body, and the elctric sound was very unimpressive. However, the guitar was extremely comfortable and the finish was beautiful(natural). For the price the guitar is not that bad, but after playing other models that were more expensive, i noticed taht i wasn't too fond of the better guitars either. I recomend holding out and purchasing a Taylor, i am getting the 312-CE. That guitar is truly amazing and about twice the price.

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5.0

I can't stop playing this guitar

By JC from SD

from San Diego

I have a US strat, US tele, Les Paul, and SG and I would rather play my 1771 than any of the aformentioned guitars, and I'm not really that into acoustic guitars. Go figure? I love the action is great, and the sound can compeat with any jumbo. This guitar makes you want to play it. The electric part of of the guitar is OK and the tuner is a little challenged, but I bought this guitar for it's sound as an acoustic, and in that area it rules. This guitar is tough to beat in the under $1000 group. What can I say, I love this friggin guitar and as soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to go play ----- Maaaaan!So go get you one.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Instrument

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had my ovation for about 2 years it plays and sounds amazing I play in a country gospel band I recommend the use of good grade of medium sized strings. I would highly recommend this instrument to anyone.

 
5.0

You will never regret purchasing this guitar!!

By CrowderFan

from Carlinville, IL

I bought this guitar about a year ago, and I have played it almost every day since. Once you pick it up, you will never want to put it down. The only change I made from the factory settings was to remove one of the bridge spacers. The action is incredibly low which makes playing bar chords a breeze. This guitar has a great sound unplugged and even better when played through my Fender Acoustasonic amp. I use light weight acoustic strings and still get great full sound, nothing tinny. The built in tuner is awesome! I can tune my guitar with ease even when i'm standing next to our bass player's amp and he is jamming. I do not find it necessary to play this guitar with a strap while sitting down. If you hold the guitar so the top is vertical, you won't have any problems. If you are more comfortable with the top tilted so you can see the fretboard better, you may need a strap as the bowl back will have a tendancy to slide on your leg. This is a minor issue considering all of the other positives associated with this instrument. You can't go wrong with the 1771!

 
5.0

GO BUY ONE!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar on February 16th, 2006! This is the best guitar I've purchased so far. I'm a performer and am in the studio often. This guitar, paired up with the Strawberry Blonde acoustic amp is the best sound in the world. Relieve some of your every day stress and treat youself to a beauty!!!Brandon

 
5.0

I have an old version

By Mert54

from San Francisco

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I have this guitar from 1979, but they were much better quality back then. I love this guitar, but you have to play one before buying because they are so weird. Good to use a strap also. Great guitars worth trying.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By J Chase

from New York, NY

I just bought this guitar yesterday and once I picked it up at the store, I knew this was the guitar for me. Its sound is so rich and textured and when i play a chord and put my ear next to the soundhole the resonance is just incredible! I haven't heard it plugged in but thats something I'll be looking forward to as soon as I can go back home and use my amp. Great guitar so far!

 
5.0

Very nice

By Mike K.

from Dayton Ohio

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This is the second Ovation I've owned. I had an original back in the 70's, I sold it for some weed and regretted it ever since. Anyway back to the guitar. I've been looking for a good quality, durable acoustic/electric guitar for my road gigs. I own a Martin D-40 and it was getting to beat up traveling around like that. I looked at a mess of acoustics before I went back to Ovation. I plugged one in and fell in love with their product again. At the time I wasn't really hip on the module they have installed after reading some unfavorable comments about it. Yes it can be difficult at first. You just have to take your time pulling it out and especially shoving it back into place. DON'T FORCE IT!! The onboard tuner kind of put me off at first also. But actually that is a brilliant idea. It it so nice not having to hook up a tuner when you change strings or look down at a pedal board to tune when your on a gig. If you are considering an Ovation, these guitars are a love/hate relationship. You definitley can't play one these rascals sitting in the Lazy boy and they are not very friendly with beer bellies. But if you want a nice sounding acoustic/electric guitar that will stand up road abuse, these can't be any better. The Folks at Kaman/Ovation have really made a name for themselves over the years. Good job Guys and Gals.

 
5.0

Review

By Me-tDrO6

from Boston

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I have been playing for 25 years. Yes I'm old but not 40 yet. I have owned easily over 300 guitars in my life. I have over 60 now. These Balladeer LXs are GREAT!!!! I got mine as a gift from my girlfriend and at first I was like "gee thanks.....an Ovation." but after playing it I fell in love. It had been years since my last Ovation back in the 80's. Since then I have owned upper line Martins, Taylors, Guilds, Takamines and a few other assorted acoustics as well as many many electrics. This LX ROCKS!!!!! Great acoustic sound. Plays like a Les Paul. I am sold. I used to be an acoustic snob thinking nothing else is as good as my D28 or 712CE but I have been proven wrong. Don't scoff Ovation. There are still some suprises left up Mr Kaman's sleeve.

 
5.0

BUY THIS GUITAR!

By emcd

from eugene, or

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i bought this same kind of guitar 4 years ago and i love it! i can't even imagine what it must be like now. it has a really good unique wood feel to it. it sounds great with or without an amp. i've used it for gigs and i don't think i'd be able to live without this guitar.

 
5.0

Looks and plays great

By Much Improved Guitar Player

from Midwest

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Bought this guitar 6 months ago and very pleased with purchase. Found the round back hard to get used to but the sound is nothing short of spectacular with or without amp. Actually like to play it without amp as not big electric guitar fan. Had neck adjusted (lowered the action) and now plays like my son's electric guitar and there is no buzzing of strings. Electronic tuner is handy but this guitar just stays in tune so rarely needed. Almost bought the Martin DCX1E but compared the two in the store, this guitar sounds as good and looks so much better. Ovation has excellent name but perhaps not as good as Martin. I think you're better off buying upscale version from well known manufacturer (Ovation) than a cheap version of the most recognized manufacturer (Martin). Pay for performance not the name. Anyway, I am very comfortable recommending this guitat, you'll be glad you bought it.

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