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Ovation 1861 Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The Ovation 1861 Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar is meticulously crafted with a bookmatched solid Sitka spruce soundboard mated to a supe...Click To Read More About This Product

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The most traditional Ovation guitar . . . and the most popular USA-made model.

The Ovation 1861 Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar is meticulously crafted with a bookmatched solid Sitka spruce soundboard mated to a super-shallow bowl. 2 pieces of mahogany set with the grain in opposing directions make the neck naturally stable. The Kaman Bar reinforcement makes the neck virtually unwarpable and provides a precise and solid joint with the body. The rosewood fingerboard is a radiused 10" and has 20 hand-finished frets. The OP-30 preamp has 3-band EQ with 400Hz/1kHz center frequency shift, EQ bypass, a preshape circuit that lifts the bass and treble and reduces frequencies below 40Hz, and a tuner.

  • Bookmatched solid Sitka spruce soundboard
  • Super-shallow bowl
  • 2-piece mahogany neck
  • Kaman Bar neck reinforcement
  • 10"-radius rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 hand-finished frets
  • OP-30 preamp with 3-band EQ
  • 400Hz/1kHz center frequency shift selector
  • EQ bypass
  • Preshape circuit lifts bass and treble and reduces frequencies below 40Hz

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Worth the money, Play before buying.

By Joshua Burke

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar when I first started playing. Its a alright guitar for the price. Nothing special but for the money its worth it. Does not have rich deep sound you'll get from a full body wooden guitar but its a durable guitar and sounds a lot better plugged in than by itself. My neck moved a little since I have had it, (3 years) and the top plastic piece next to the sound hole came loose. Two easy problems to fix. I really like the built in tuner. Not a bad guitar, but I wouldn't buy it again.


What a GUITAR!!!!!!!

By Musician_GirL1127

from Puerto Rico

This guitar is the best I've ever played. I've owned it for aprox 5 months and I am so happy with it. The sound is so clear and sweet. Mine is the cherryburst finish one and it is really beautiful. The built in tuner makes it easier and faster for me. I love this guitar!!!


Great guitar

By CB-1uuXxA

from Undisclosed

I have owned this guitar for about 6 months now and I don't go a day without playing it. I have been playing guitar for 8 years (mostly electric) and I was looking for a good acoustic crossover instrument. This is one of the best acoustic-electrics I have ever played. I picked this one mostly for the super-shallow bowl. The volume can't match a dreadnought because of it, but it's more than worth it for how comfortable this guitar is to play. The pickup and electronics are amazing, and plugged into a decent amp it really sounds incredible, bright and clean as hell. The build quality is perfect and the synthetic back make it really durable. I recommend this guitar to any serious or semi-serious player.


Awesome Guitar

By Terps484

from Washington D.C.

This is a sweet guitar. I played about 30 guitars in my most recent trip to the guitar shop before settling on this one. It was close between this and a Takamine, but the tone of the Ovation when hooked up to a nice acoustic amp was just awesome. The tone was so clear it reminded me of the sound from Dave Matthews acoustic songs. The built in tuner / electronics are in a very cool removable pod in the side to replace the battery. There is also a "pre-shape" option in the equalizer that makes the sound full and bright. The action is also quite good with some light strings. I would highly recommend this to anyone- hands down the best tone and action for the money.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Guitar

By The Maturity

from Portland, OR

I have had my Balladeer for 10 years. It still plays like I bought it yesterday. I have recorded two albums with it, I have played live with it million times, and toured with it. The guitar's craftsmanship and tone are brilliant.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Roger Bong

By Rogerbgood

from Milwaukee Wisconsin

I have used this guitar now for over a year and I have been absolutely happy with it. I am pleased with its sound and light weight, the only concern that I see is the narrowness of the body does allow it to shift slightly when playing. That can be corrected with a little focus and only is noticable when you are seated.I bought it because I did not want to add any additional wear and tear on my Martins when I play in bars. I found that it competes with the Martin sound and it is an instrument that you need not worry about due to its sturdy structure.



By mustang.willie

from Windham, NH

I've been playing a Martin Shenandoah since 1985 (gotten a bit spoiled, I guess). Thought it was time to restict that baby to home and happened to play an O-Balladeer. That Ovation beat my Martin in brightness, even-tone, playability and just about everything but the warmth wood acquires with age. I can deal with it. In fact within the year, I bought the 12-string version. Same superlatives fit. Both Ovations are quality instruments and I recommend the to anyone!!!


Perfect for Anything

By Dusty-2Hhng

from TX

I have long awaited the day that I could get an Ovation guitar. The name stands for so much in the music business. It finally happened about a year and a half ago when I bought the celebrity, however, it wasn't long before I mad the move up to the Baladeer. I love this guitar. The sound is absolutely amazing. I have played it in church every Sunday for over a year and have played at several church functions. It has never let me down. For the price range you will not find a better guitar. I have played more expensive Taylors and would choose the Balladeer any day. You will not go wrong with this guitar. In fact I am now searching for a good backup guitar and I am pretty sure after much research that I am going to buy another baladeer.


I love it...

By Pepe-v4D.K

from Fair Play, MO

I've wanted this guitar for about twenty years. This summer, I finally broke down and bought a black Ovation Balladeer. It's a super guitar. The finish, sound, and feel of it are nearly flawless. The built in tuner works. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, but it works. I've played it many hours since I bought it and I recommend it to anyone. I don't have one complaint with mine right out of the box.


Ovation 1861 Standard Balladeer

By Marty B.-Yws6g

from Henderson, KY

Great guitar for any price.The tonality and resonance of Ovation products simply cannot be beat. This is my second Ovation instrument the first was a Matrix model and lasted through 20 years of almost daily abuse.

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