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Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Ovation

    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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    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

    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

      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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        4.0

        Great Guitar after set-up and new string

        Pros

        • Looks great
        • Sounds wonderful

        Cons

        • Minor Refinish Flaws
        • Poor Set-Up
        • Strings A Bit Heavy

        Best Uses

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

          Great looking guitar that after a set-up and lighter strings sound great and plays great. I am a newer player but own several guitars, this is the first one I've ever owned that required a set-up, but f0rty d0llars later strings were lowered and neck adjusted it sounds and plays great. I thought the strings were too heavy and replaced them with Ernie Ball Earthwood Rock and Blues, Now it is a dream to play!

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          • No

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          1.0

          You MUST pack guitars better

          By JazzyIslander

          from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responded quickly

          Cons

          • Came Damaged -- Twice
          • Item Poorly Packed
          • Poor Listening Skills
          • Poor quality control

          Best Uses

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

            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Surprising codition

            By Jim

            from Savannah, GA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fingerstyle
            • Practice
            • Strumming
            • TRAVELING

            Cons

            • Holding

            Best Uses

            • Anything

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

            Second of these I bought. I gave the first to my granddaughter to learn on. Plays very well. Not too loud, but plugged it, it screams. Great guitar! The body shape makes it a bit hard to rest in your lap, so I recommend using a strap when seated, then no problem.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Outstanding value

            Pros

            • Inexpensive Value Sound

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Acoustic
            • Beginning
            • Electric

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

            I am a guitar player and bought this on sale as a Christmas gift for my niece who is just learning. It exceeded my expectations greatly. It sounds as good as my more expensive Ovation; has very good action (plays like an electric); is light and thin - but has a loud and bold acoustic sound; and has a great electric tone with fantastic volume and tone controls. I researched 5 leading acoustics in this price range - and am very happy with this purchase decision.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            pleasantly surprised!

            By Gail

            from Woodland, AL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Great guitar. Big sound. Husband loves it! customer service was great and shipment was fast. Will definitely use you again. Thanks for taking the stress out of online ordering. :)

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  wow, what a deal

                  By kayakfool

                  from lake city, fl

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multable Uses

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

                      for the money this guitar is unbeatable

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                      • No

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Affordable gig gear? Yes please.

                      By Sky

                      from Vancouver, Canada

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • BEAUTIFUL
                      • Shapely
                      • Solid

                      Cons

                      • still looking

                      Best Uses

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

                        Not quite sure why they sell this for so cheap. If I played it in a store I would expect the tag to say 500-ish. I'm assuming it's because the plastic back of the body (which is absolutely solid and doesn't sound plastic) doesn't cost nearly as much as finished wood.

                        It's loud sounding for such a shallow body due to the placement of the body holes being so near the top so it shoots the sound up higher than a normal guitar with one hole in the middle. VERY smart design.

                        Typical Ovation feel, very solid guitar. 21 full frets 23 partials (those partials aren't going to sound nice on this guitar) Actually, above 17 doesn't really sound crisp.

                        Overall the action is a little high, which is counter intuitive to the thin fret board, but it only took a minute to get used to. You can really slap this thing around and it sounds good. You can plan with some character.

                        Obviously out of the box you'll want to stretch your strings and I think these are D'arrios (or however you spell em') and I don't really like this much twang but you can of course put on whatever you want. What I'm saying is she seems to be holding tune very well and sounds very nice with your favourite set of strings on her.

                        Switching the strings is a simple process as it's all done outside the shell.

                        Overall, very beautiful unisex guitar that I would argue could be used in any setting (gig, jam, living room)

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sounds like an Ovation

                        By Cousin Joe of aequus1

                        from Branson, MO

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • BATTERY
                        • price
                        • Sound

                        Cons

                        • Poor Acoustic Tone
                        • Weak output

                        Best Uses

                        • Lead Playing
                        • Mults
                        • Overdubbing

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

                        While bait and switched from a catalog, this guitar provides the exact Ovation piezo p/u sound I was looking for to fill out tracks. Acoustic tone is not very rich or loud as expected, but the pre-amp provides that snappy, mid-range enhanced sound that will cut through any mix, especially over jangly and woody acoustic guitars. Had to remove some under saddle shims which then made this extremely playable. The shallow, round back slips and slides while seated but is very comfortable standing. Does what you'd expect...what more do you want?

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful to look at and nice to play

                        By Train

                        from Brighton,MI

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Beautiful Looks
                        • Feels Like An Electric
                        • Lovely design
                        • Sounds Great

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Jamming with friends

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

                        lowered the action first thing, very easy to do, now it plays much better.
                        What a great looking guitar, fits your body like an electric.

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                        • No

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                        (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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