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Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Ovation's award-winning multi-soundhole technology is now incorporated into the Applause AE148. Its full, balanced sound is pumped out through the ca...Click To Read More About This Product

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The features that made Ovation famous at a great price!

Ovation's award-winning multi-soundhole technology is now incorporated into the Applause AE148. Its full, balanced sound is pumped out through the calibrated spruce top and fine-tuned bracing. The Lyrachord body allows for the back of the guitar to be free of reinforcements that can inhibit sound projection. A slim contoured neck allows for fast and effortless playing that suits any style from finger picking to power chords.

Ovation's Slimline pickup captures true acoustic tone and delivers a powerful signal with plenty of headroom to combat feedback in high-volume conditions. The OP-4B active preamp has a gain knob; a battery LED; plus independent bass, mid, and treble EQ sliders.

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FEATURES
  • Name: Applause
  • Model: AE148
  • Type: 6-string acoustic/electric
  • Top: laminated spruce
  • Bracing: modified Quintad
  • Body: super-shallow depth cutaway
  • Epaulets: multi-piece exotic hardwoods
  • Neck: 3-piece Nato with 2-way truss rod
  • Neck finish: satin
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood w/ dot inlays
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Bridge: walnut
  • Machines: chrome
  • Pickup: ovation Slimline pickup
  • Electronics: OP4Ba

A technologically advanced acoustic.

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OvationApplause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AE 148 RRB

Don't let the Price put you off this Guitar,yes it is Inexpensive,but trust me,it's NOT Cheap & Plays as good as a TON of Guitars costing twice and even three...Read complete review

Don't let the Price put you off this Guitar,yes it is Inexpensive,but trust me,it's NOT Cheap & Plays as good as a TON of Guitars costing twice and even three times as much,Unfortunately the First Guitar I recieved had a totally Dead third Fret and Major Fret Buzz pretty much on the entire neck,But these things happen man & as Always "Musicians Friend" TAKES CARE of it's customers and wasted NO time in hooking me up with a Replacement axe,and this one is Perfect,and I have to say these are Beautiful Looking Guitars,that sound & play VERY close to the much higher priced "Ovation" line,in fact,I think you would be hard pressed to tell the Difference between the two if you played them side by side,I am not saying that the AE 148 will play or sound as sweet as a thousand clams
Ovation..because it will not,but it will give those mid priced Ovations a serious run for their money any day,and that is pretty darn Impressive in my book,cheers and gr8 playing:)

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

You MUST pack guitars better

Ordered the same guitar three times. First came without a face plate on the equalizer and for some reason it was staining my trousers. After exchange authorization was received, I waited for the...Read complete review

Ordered the same guitar three times. First came without a face plate on the equalizer and for some reason it was staining my trousers. After exchange authorization was received, I waited for the second guitar so I could send back the first. It came poorly packed -- a little guitar in a big box full of packing paper, but no guitar box. It was broken in transit. Sent it back immediately, explaining the mishap to the customer service agent who helped me. I specifically asked that the next guitar be packed in a guitar box encased in a larger box, stuffed with packing paper. Another guitar was sent, packed the same way as the second, with the same result. Sent that back too. I have given up. I'll keep the first guitar and wear jeans I don't care about when I play it. Hey, at least you folks had Ovation send me a face-plate for the equalizer.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Great guitar !"

By tachon77

from Spingfield, MO.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

There are numerous choices for someone looking for an acoustic electric guitar in this price range, but for me, the Ovation Applause Super Shallow fit the bill. It shipped to me in 48 hrs and arrived without a scratch.
I purchased a Ovation Tangent for my daughter 10 yrs ago for it's sound, size and ease of play and she still plays it today! I loved playing the Tangent, she moved on (with her guitar) so I had to buy a replacement.
I would echo others advice to immediately replace the strings and adjust the neck upon receipt. The action below the 7th fret is a little high. It's a fun guitar to play and has a great-grungy sound when amped.
Over all, very pleased with this guitar, great for beginners and the more advanced.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't beat it for the price...

By Keith Murray

from Grapevine, TX

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Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

See above
Was looking for an attractive and easy to play acoustic for my daughter's first guitar. She wanted an acoustic although I wanted to get her an electric since I know, as an experienced player, how much easier electrics are to play. This guitar was a perfect compromise with a slender profile making it easier for her to hold without having to reach so far around a large body to strum/pick the strings. The action is nice and low and very playable. I can't claim the guitar plays like a higher quality guitar (and higher cost) once you get up past around the 5th or 7th fret but for a beginner, she's not likely to be playing much up there anyway. That said, playing bar chords and single note riffs aren't bad even up higher, just not great. The visual appeal is one of the highlights as it is really a beautiful instrument. Additional kudos go for a good job of filing the edges of the frets, a common flaw with cheaper instruments, but not this time. I might end up taking the strings off and giving them a light filing at the edges, but even as it is there's none of that feeling of dragging your hand along a cheese grater you've probably experienced with some cheap imports. Overall, 9.5 out of 10... hard to complain given the onboard electronics, great looks, and above average playability.
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dynamite in a Small Package

By guitarman_ronnie

from Balch Springs,Tx 75180

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Pure Sweetness

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicingperformingrec

    Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Versatile and very playable with nice tone,feel,resonance...and the EQ sounds crisp through an amplifier!Great Buy!!!I'm tickled !!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice guitar for the price

    By Bassman

    from Bossier City, LA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone Loud Enough

    Cons

    • No case or bag
    • No Onboard Tuner

    Best Uses

    • Relearning Acoustic Guita

    Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I am generaly a bass player, but wanted to learn guitar chords again. This is a fine guitar. Set up was really nice out of the box, just tuned it up. I do wish it came with a bag or a case. Have a friend with the same style Ovation, and they seem to sound the same. I think the set up on mine is better.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AE 148 RRB

    By OcAxeman

    from Ocean City Md

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    Pros

    • Gr8 Playing
    • price
    • Ron Burgundy Approved
    • Sound

    Cons

    • None actually

    Best Uses

    • Everyday player
    • Practice
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Don't let the Price put you off this Guitar,yes it is Inexpensive,but trust me,it's NOT Cheap & Plays as good as a TON of Guitars costing twice and even three times as much,Unfortunately the First Guitar I recieved had a totally Dead third Fret and Major Fret Buzz pretty much on the entire neck,But these things happen man & as Always "Musicians Friend" TAKES CARE of it's customers and wasted NO time in hooking me up with a Replacement axe,and this one is Perfect,and I have to say these are Beautiful Looking Guitars,that sound & play VERY close to the much higher priced "Ovation" line,in fact,I think you would be hard pressed to tell the Difference between the two if you played them side by side,I am not saying that the AE 148 will play or sound as sweet as a thousand clams
    Ovation..because it will not,but it will give those mid priced Ovations a serious run for their money any day,and that is pretty darn Impressive in my book,cheers and gr8 playing:)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very good acoustic

    By RyXj

    from Bakersfield, CA

    Pros

      Cons

      • High action

      Best Uses

      • Play ability and budget
      • Travelhome gig

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've always been a fan of Ovation acoustics. This one is really good especially considering the price. It's slim ,so you can travel easily with it, it has a good sound, unique look and feels nice. The action although is higher than I expected but it probably just needs to be broken in a little more. This acoustic is perfect for beginners to pros. BUY IT!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Value for Money

      By david cooper

      from U.S.

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I would defintely reccomend this product.
      Very convenient controls and instrument cable jack.
      Looks great and build quality is also great.
      Great value for te money.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ovation Applause!!

      By Stacey Overton

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar about a week ago and i love it! I am 12 years old it is a good beginners guitar but is also a wonderful guitar for an adult! It sound beautiful and is very nice looking and for a very great price! I would definatley recommend this to anyone!
      I bought this guitar about a week ago and i love it! I am 12 years old it is a good beginners guitar but is also a wonderful guitar for an adult! It sound beautiful and is very nice looking and for a very great price! I would definatley recommend this to anyone!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By ray souza

      from Hawaii

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      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Im very happy with my shallow body,id recommend it for someone who likes the feel of a semihollowbody and the sound of a hollowbody acoustic guitar.
      I like the shape of the body,it fits like a glove,as opposed to the square sides of traditional acoustic guitares.
      The quality isgreat.The beautiful paint job,inlaid neck and body,great.
      For the price,its a great deal,it plays like a much more expensive instrument.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Deal for a Budget

      By Mothmantis

      from Texas

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      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      After shopping around for an affordable acoustic-electric I finally decided on this, and I'm glad I did. out of the box it had decent action and great playability. The sound surpassed my expectations, both in tone and volume. Unplugged I have no problem hearing it over my singer and her dreadnaught. Plugged in the sound is bright and clear, and while the on-board EQ may not win any awards it does allow for quick, on-the-fly tweaking after mixing it externally. My only complaint would be the fret bars, which cause a slight scratchiness on string bends and the tone being a bit brighter than I would prefer (personal opinion.)

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AE148 natural finish

      By UnkleSock

      from Missouri

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      For the price of this guitar, I was surprised by it quality. The intonation is good up and down the neck and the projection of sound through the sound holes on the upper bout is kind of amazing for it being a "super shallow" bowl. It has a much bigger sound than you would expect. The neck is quite slim, more like the width of a solid body electric than an acoustic. (Which I like) Mine came with D'Addario EXP strings, probably start with 11. The action is really good out of the box and with the light strings it frets easily. Obviously, all manufacturers make good products and let a few slip through QA, but I got a good one. I have played the actual Ovation model of this guitar, and can't honestly tell much difference - except the price tag.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ovation Applause Series AE148

      By Dj Nasty Nord

      from Shelton Wa

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      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Overall this thing is great and would recomend it to anyone of any age and experiance.
      I bought this guitar about 6 months ago. Right out of the box I was impressed. Ive been playing guitar for 22 years and decided to finally get an acoustic but didn’t wanna spend too much. This guitar hit the mark!!!!! It doesn’t sound great unplugged but good enough to write with and practice. When its plugged into the PA at band practice it sounds GREAT!!! The electronics could be a bit better but its not to noticeable. No feedback or weird sounds. I plugged it straight into my Tascam recorder and it just sounds awesome without much tweaking! This guitar was worth way more then I paid.
      It could have better electronics
      I would have payed more =)

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Gorgeous Guitar...

      By StratPlayerDave1

      from Phoenix, AZ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful sound
      • Great price
      • Nice Finish

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have a few Ovations, from vintage to high end. For the price, this is a great guitar. It compares to some of my high end Ovations in sound and playability. The sound hole accents are really cool but I think they should be varnished. They are stained bare wood and microfiber clothes don't work well on bare wood. The neck needed a little adjustment when I took it out of the box and the action was set pretty high. Taking the shims out of the bridge didn't help much, had to sand the saddle down a bit to bring it down to my liking. But it's still a nice guitar for the money. I suggest a beginner take it to a shop and get it set up properly to keep from getting frustrated while learning to play.

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          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar at a great price

          By Sun and Steel

          from Upstate NY

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          Pros

          • Good Looking
          • Good price
          • Lound And Clean Tone
          • Stays in tune

          Cons

          • No Bag Or Case Included

          Best Uses

          • Playing at home
          • Playing Through An Amp
          • Song writing

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I was on the fence for a while on buying this guitar, but I'm glad I did! This gutar has a very nice tone, it looks beautiful, and is very comfortable to play. It sounds nice unplugged but when it is plugged in to an amp it really comes alive! The action was a little high but that was an easy fix. I purchased the black version of this guitar and the picture shows that it has a plain neck. It turns out that it is black and it looks even better tht way! The only complaint I have is that it does not include a case or bag. other than that it is a great guitar whether you're a begginer or a pro!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ovation Applause

          Pros

          • Everything

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Playing

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is absolutely the easiest guitar and with the best tone I have ever played and heard. The sound this guitar produces is amazing. The ease of play and nice fret board size makes this a gem . The workmanship is beautiful . Whether your a beginner or a pro, I would recommend this Ovation Applause to everyone. I love and enjoy playing this guitar and I love the tones it makes. I also bout a AG30 Amp made by Acoustic and with the mixing of the highs and lows and with the added Effects built into the Amp , this Ovation sounds magnificent.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great First Guitar

          By Capt'n

          from Marysville, PA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful style
          • Holds Its Tune
          • Nice Rich Tone
          • Sounds Great
          • Very Melodic

          Cons

          • Don't have any yet

          Best Uses

          • Good Learning Guitar

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Picking this guitar was from past experience of a friend having one and played it very well. I enjoy the deep melodic tones that it gives.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          worth the money

          By code w

          from dansville, ny

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          musicians friend has never let me down and ive ordered hundreds worth of equipment from them over the years. this is just another example of quality equipment they sell. it plays and sounds great. ive owned a 12 string ovation back years ago but didnt care for the rounded back but this shallow body doesnt seem different from a flat back.

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          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gorgeous finish, Gorgeous tone

          By rockstar51

          from Enon, Ohio

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have always wanted an Ovation but could not see paying the higher price. Although it is a shallow body, this thing sounds very full by itself. Plug it in to an amp and be amazed by the tonal quality. For an acoustic variety the action is great out of the box and rivals some of my high end electrics. don't let the low price scare you off, this is an excellent instrument.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SuPER Fine Guitar

          By PoppyLee

          from Clarington, OH

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Play Great Sound
          • Looking Good
          • Very happy with purchase

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Very Easy Guitar to play. For a beginner at age 53, I am very pleased with the sound and quality of this Guitar. Stays in tune, and the sound just penetrates throught the classroom!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very pleased!

              By Shauna Willman

              from Illinois

              Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Needed a nice guitar for my own personal use. Not planning on using it for anything professional, but it's more than fantastic for my needs. Awesome sound, and I love the design. It's a beautiful instrument, and all of my friends who play approve very much! I would highly recommend it if you want a somewhat inexpensive guitar that still has a great quality.

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